7 Things A Food and Bev Server Will Understand

Despite what you’ve heard, being a server is a tough job. As long as you’re sitting in our section, we’re responsible for your happiness and your lives–if you want to get technical.

7 Things A Food and Bev Server Will Understand -- The Palmetto Peaches

Every time I try to leave the service industry, something keeps calling me back. Maybe it’s the money, maybe it’s the family atmosphere or maybe it’s the hundreds of memories the job brings. Every food and beverage job is different, but here are some things the server in your life will relate to.

7 Things A Food & Bev Server Will Understand

  1. When you tell guests to enjoy their meal and they respond, “You too.”

    #AwkwardAF

  2. Table: *reads menu for 20 minutes* So what all do you have?

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  3. Explaining to your friends that lunch breaks don’t exist.

    LOL, what’s a break?

  4. Doing the math when a table leaves the total amount without specifying the tip.7 Things A Food and Bev Server Will Understand -- The Palmetto Peaches

  5. Blaming the Back of House staff when you’re in the weeds.7 Things A Food and Bev Server Will Understand -- The Palmetto Peaches

  6. Knowing “in the weeds” isn’t a drug reference.

    I pinky promise it isn’t.

  7. That moment when you’re ready to checkout, and remember you have side work.7 Things A Food and Bev Server Will Understand -- The Palmetto Peaches

Are you a food and bev server? Comment below with anything you’d add to the list!

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

It’s the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review

It's the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comMost antiperspirants or deodorants contain the chemical compound aluminium. This chemical is known to clog your sweat ducts. It has also been speculated that aluminum can imitate estrogen, as well as contribute to the increase of cancer cells. However, to be clear:

 “Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.”

Why we made the switch

Ace: This isn’t my first time taking the natural deodorant route. In 2011, I started using natural remedies to help with sweating, but it didn’t last long. (Summers in the south get very, very hot.) The reason I’m making the switch the second time around is because of the aluminum hype. My mother died of cancer, so I’m trying to cut out anything that could contribute to me getting the disease. My body developed quicker than most people I know, so I’ve been wearing deodorant for as long as I can remember. It was time to let it go…again.

Donni: I mentioned in my winter natural beauty remedies that I’ve been turning to natural alternatives instead of commercial products that are filled with unnecessary ingredients. Slowly, but surely I’ve been taking inventory of the products I purchase and looking for a healthier or more natural alternative. Deodorant was next on my list. And although, there aren’t any definitive studies linking aluminium to breast cancer, I’d prefer just opting out of using it all together. There are so many natural alternatives like tea tree oil that help kill the bacteria which cause that sweaty odor, rather than trying to stop the sweating altogether like aluminum does.

Natural Deodorant Review

Brands We Tried

Ace: My natural deodorant came from Mrs. K’s Skincare. I went with Mrs. K because I recently ordered her activated charcoal toothpaste.It's the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

It was still “cold” out when I started using it, just to prepare my armpits for the summer weather. Everything started out great, with the exception of being nervous that I stunk. One day my pits started to feel raw. Then I noticed they were SUPER dark. Being the genius I am, I thought it was just my pits detoxing. Didn’t even think about it being an allergic reaction until Donni told me the same thing happened to her. I contacted Mrs. K and she said it could be the baking soda. (One without baking soda should arrive any day now.) The “natural remedy” I tried six years ago was baking soda. My armpits burned then, but I thought it was my razor or shaving cream.

Donni:  I researched a lot of different brands and eventually went with Schmidt’s in Ylang-Ylang and Calendula.

I “detoxed” my pits for about a week and a half – only using apple cider vinegar twice a day and following up with coconut oil. The first week of using the deodorant, I still used the apple cider vinegar and all was well. I was super worried about being the stinky girl at work, but the Schmidt’s was awesome.  I didn’t have any issues with odor and it honestly felt like I was wearing my normal Secret. Then I stopped using the apple cider vinegar and I had an allergic reaction to the baking soda in the Schmidt’s. I mean it was an awful rash. My armpits were on fire and they turned black. I was slathering aloe on them every few hours for relief. Cue me writing a very angry letter to Schmidt’s about how their product caused me to have firepits instead of armpits. They are currently sending me a replacement product without baking soda. However, I’m moving on to another brand: Primal Pit Paste.

We’ll be back with some thoughts once we’ve tried products without baking soda.

Have you ever had a bad reaction to a natural product? Leave your story below!

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto PeachesandDonni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Magical Music: 25 of The Best Disney Songs of All Time

Debate me if you dare, but some of the best songs of all-time come from Disney movies. So how can you create a list of the best Disney songs?  I started writing down my favorites (my list had 35 songs) and then I took to social media to get some additional perspective for this near impossible task. If the song was one I wrote down and it received more than one additional vote it made the list. I’d like to confess right now that there were no outside votes for any Artistocats songs and I was offended. I added to them the list anyway. 🙂 There were a lot of votes for songs from Beauty and the Beast, but just about every Disney fan has gone to see it, so I expected a lot of votes for those songs.

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25 Of The Best Disney Songs of All Time

To be very very clear, this is not a ranking. To quote one of my favorite movies, Ever After: I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens.
  1. “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”Mulan 
  2. “Circle of Life” The Lion King
  3. “Let It Go”Frozen
  4. “Beauty & The Beast” (C’mon you know where this is from) The original version obviously. No one will ever sing this better than Queen Celine and the legendary Peabo Bryson.
  5. “Under the Sea”The Little Mermaid
  6. “Hakuna Matata”The Lion King
  7. “Be Our Guest” Beauty and the Beast
  8. “A Whole New World” Aladdin
  9. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” — Toy Story  This one’s a Disney/Pixar, but it counts!
  10. “Part of Your World”  — The Little Mermaid
  11. “Reflection”Mulan
  12. “Almost There” — The Princess and the Frog
  13. “Colors of the Wind”Pocahontas
  14. “Be Prepared” — The Lion King
  15. “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” — Hercules
  16. “When You Wish Upon a Star”Pinocchio 
  17. “Everybody Wants to Be A Cat”The Aristocats 
  18. “You’ll Be In My Heart”Tarzan
  19. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”The Lion King
  20. “Cruella De Vil”101 Dalmatians
  21. “The Bare Necessities”The Jungle Book
  22. “How Far I’ll Go” — Moana
  23. “Thomas O’Malley Cat”The Aristocats
  24.  “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”Cinderella
  25. “Ma Belle Evangeline”The Princess and the Frog

One of my friends loves A Goofy Movie and one of her suggestions was I2I. Yup, so although it technically only had one vote, it makes the list as a bonus song. I mean you really can’t go wrong with a little Tevin Campbell.

Bonus: “I2I” A Goofy Movie

 If I make a part two of the best Disney songs what songs should I include? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Signs You Need To Break Up With Your Side Hustle

5 Signs You Need To Break Up With Your Side Hustle -- The Palmetto Peaches

A side hustle is a way for creatives and part-time entrepreneurs to make a little extra cash outside of their full-time jobs. After college, I started my freelance journey. It was exciting, fun and kept me busy. Fast forward to 5 years later, and I can’t wait to retire. When I first started losing interest a few years ago, I thought it was a combination of laziness and stubbornness. That was partially true, but as my life started to change, so did my interests and goals.

All the signs were there, so my journey will end this summer. If you’re a side-hustler trying to figure out your next career move, these signs might be helpful in the process.

5 Signs You Need To Break Up With Your Side Hustle

  1. You’d always rather be doing something else.

    Not your typical “I’d rather be daydrinking or watching Netflix”, but wondering why you even started this in the first place.

  2. You’re only doing it for money.

    Most people start side gigs because they’re passionate about something. Once that fire burns out, so will you.

  3. Talking about your product/service gives you major anxiety.

    I knew my days as a freelance social media manager were coming to an end when networking events became dreadful. (Even the ones with alcohol.) I hated explaining what I did, because I had no idea what I was doing.

    5 Signs You Need To Break Up With Your Side Hustle -- The Palmetto Peaches

  4. Being unorganized doesn’t bother you.

    Like any job, organization is a major key. If being unorganized causes your side hustle to be a hot mess, and you don’t do anything to fix it–you need to let that go.

  5. You have no interest in building or investing.

    There’s always room for growth, it’s up to you to take advantage of them. Resources like workshops, classes, books and videos exist for a reason. I know being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re rich, and sometimes you have to spend money to make money. However, Google is free and so is the library.

Did you ever have to break up with your side hustle? How did you know it was time to move on?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Transformation Tuesday: Transforming Your Finances

Transformation Tuesday: Transforming Your Finances - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’ve always been semi-responsible with money – or so I thought. In college, I didn’t sign up for a million credit cards because they were being offered or because I needed extra money for Bonnaroo. However, within the last year or so I’ve become really serious about transforming my financial situation.

Debt free by 30 is my goal!

At the beginning of the year, I paid off one super high-interest credit card and it felt amazing!! Everyone should have the feeling so let’s talk about transforming your finances.

Transforming Your Finances

The debt snowball method Vs The debt avalanche method

You may have heard of these two methods. I’m not going to persuade you that one is better than the other because honestly either way you’re being proactive and taking a step toward being debt free. You get a round of applause from me either way. But here’s the difference:

With the debt snowball method, you pay off your debts from smallest balance to largest balance, regardless of interest rates. With the debt avalanche method, you pay your debts from highest interest rate to lowest interest rate, regardless of balance. I’m not a math wiz, but in case you care, mathematically the avalanche method makes the most sense.

Here’s what I would consider:

The snowball method gives you small wins. Think about all the little statements you have every month: doctor’s bills, store credit cards, etc.. For me it’s my Victoria’s Secret, Express, and Ashley Furniture cards, in addition to the two credit cards I have.They’re not significant debts by any means, but lots of little minimum payments. When you pay your debts from smallest to largest balance you start to clear those little debts away very quickly- which can be motivating. The avalanche method makes sure you’re paying less in interest thereby saving you more money.

I’m in need of some motivation so I’m going with the snowball method. I’ve got two printables below if you’d like to try it as well.

Debt Snowball

  • List all of your debts from the smallest to the largest and include the monthly payments on the payout plan printable
  • Make minimum payments on all of your debt except for the smallest. For the smallest debt,  you will make the minimum payment PLUS extra money monthly. Adjust that extra amount based on what you can afford keeping up with all of your other payments.
Here’s an example:
  • Express – $450 ($25 per month)
  • Discover Credit Card #1 – $750 ($40 per month)
  • AMEX #2 – $1300 ($60 per month)
  • Car Loan – $8430 ($400 per month)
  • Student Loan – $30,000 ($200 per month)

In this example, the Express card is the smallest, so you would make the minimum payment of $25 a month with an additional $50 per month –  that’s $75 all together, mathletes). With this method you are paying more than the minimum due and cutting the debt down faster. If you’re consistent (and aren’t adding to you balance) in about six months (this all depends on your interest rates) your debt will be paid off.

Next Step in the Debt Snowball

The next step is to add the $75 you were paying on the Express card to your next smallest debt. So in this example, it’s the Discover credit card. For six months you made the minimum payment of $40, but now you’ll pay $115. Again, this varies by your interest rate, but within another six months you can pay of this card. So in this example you’ve wiped out two credit cards in a year.

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Click on the thumbnails below to download copies of the two worksheets. 

                     Debt Snowball Payoff Plan - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com      Debt Snowball Worksheet

I’m not a financial adviser, but hope this method can work for some of our readers. Feel free to share what other methods you’re trying or completed to reach your goals in the comments below.  Good luck to everyone with transforming your finances!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Friday Faves: Women’s History Month Edition

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, so I’m sending this glorious month off by showing love to my favorite women-related moments of the week. Women are naturally a big deal, but a celebration of sisterhood is good for the soul.

Friday Faves: Women's History Month Edition -- The Palmetto Peaches

Favorite quote

“It’s not whether or not we feel afraid that matters, but what we do because –or even in spite of–it. What matters is if we can still choose our hearts even when our minds give us every reason not to. There is a lot at stake; there is so much on the horizon, and at times it can be blinding. But, you and I…we are here in this moment for a reason.” – Kate Rose, on the magical beginnings of the recent New Moon in Aries.

Favorite Women Empowerment Moment

March 27th, 2017 marked the first ever #MuslimWomensDay. With all the political chaos going on today, it gave me all the feels to see Muslim women celebrated.
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Favorite Author:

I’m currently reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Next on my list from Adichie are Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.

Favorite Girl Gang

University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball team for making it to the #FinalFour. They’ll be joining our Men’s Basketball team, making USC the only school in the country to have both teams in the Final Four!
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photo: South Carolina Women’s Basketball

What women inspired you this week?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches