About Donnica Smalls

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Resident Palmetto Peach expert on glitter, baking and why football is the 5th season. Pragmatic dreamer. "I might bend a little bit, but I don't fold."

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

Holiday Gift Guide - The Palmetto Peaches - Palmsinatl.comWe’re getting closer and closer to Christmas folks. Before you spend big bucks on presents for your favorites, I’ve pulled together some wallet-friendly gifts for the glam girls, curlfriends, and girl bosses in your life.

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Gifts for the Glam Girl

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Kate Spade Wine Tote / ‘But First Coffee’ Thermal Travel Mug / Makeup Brush Set / OPI 10-Piece Breakfast At Tiffany’s Mini Set / Wine Glasses / Rose Gold Headphones

 

 

Gifts for your Curlfriends

To be fair unless you know which products your curlfriend swears by you may be better off handing her a gift card, but below are some of my favorite brands for naturalistas!

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Camille Rose Twisting Butter / TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer/  Quench Curl RefresherNaturally Smitten Hair Butter /Sister & Co. Coconut Oil (honestly all of their products are so good, but oils – jojoba, shea, vitamin E, Jamaican Castor Oil are all great!)/  DevaTowelDenman Brush /Shea Moisture (everything)/ Hands off the hair T-Shirt / Curly Girl Tee

 

Gifts for the Girl Boss

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Business card holder/ Kate Spade Pen Set / Moleskin NotebookMake It Happen Journal / Master Plan Notebook / Desktop Organizer / Bloom Planner Day Designer Gold Spotty Planner / Don’t Quit Your Daydream Art Print / Every Day I’m Hustlin’ Coffee MugGoal Digger Vinyl Decal

 

Don’t forget to take advantage of our Holiday gift list printable and stay tuned for part two of my gift guide!!

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Let’s Rap About Mental Health

Let's Rap About Mental Health - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI guess I’ll start with the news: Kanye West, who late last month abruptly canceled the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour and was taken to UCLA Medical Center on a psychiatric hold, has finally checked out. Kanye “[was] exhausted and currently dealing with sleep deprivation,” People quoted a source as saying. “He went to the hospital at will under the advice of his physician.”

There’s been hundred of articles about the theories behind Kanye’s breakdown, but I thought I would also mention another hip hop artist that sparked discussions about mental health.

Then there was Kid Cudi…

I like Kid Cudi. I loved Man on the Moon: The End of Day. Seriously, Pursuit of Happiness still does something for me seven years later. I loved him on How To Make It In America and I secretly want Netflix to revive this series (even if it’s just for a Gilmore Girls style reunion). Back in October, Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts. The message he posted on his Facebook page is below:

Let's Rap About Mental Health - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me?

Kid Cudi is a father, a son, a friend, an artist who has made the world a better place with his music. It was so amazing to see him seek help before he did something to hurt himself and the people who love him. He has helped so many people struggling with their own mental health issues through his music.Not only that, but because he is a celebrity, his openness combats the stigma that persists regarding mental illness.

This conversation on mental health must be normalized, and become just as important as our other health issues we need to address in life.

 

#yougoodman

There are days when I despise social media. However, I loved seeing the hashtag #yougoodman start trending after Kid Cudi’s message. People began to have open and honest discussions on race, masculinity, and depression. However, I’ve watched news and social media blame the Kardashians, diagnose Kanye with everything under the sun, laugh and taunt him. I didn’t see #Yougoodman trending after the Kanye news. I get it.  We don’t really know what’s going on. Yeezy didn’t leave us a public statement like Kid Cudi did and he isn’t the most lovable character. However, if this really is a mental health issue, why are we making fun of him?

He’s someone who’s obviously dealing with something heavy and it’s been weighing on him. I was talking to a friend about the situation and he kind of causally and callously said that Kanye just needs to get over his mother’s death already. I talk to my mom every single day and I can’t imagine how I would react if I lost her suddenly. And if that truly is the reason for Kanye’s breakdown, we should be even more sympathetic. He may just be an annoying and outspoken celebrity to you, but I personally like Kanye West’s music and – you can argue you with me on this – truly think he’s an artist and definitely a musical genius who’s been reshaping the sound of hip hop with each album he releases.  Celebrity or not, it must be hard to experience that kind of pain.

I just want to say that for anyone, friend or stranger:

You are important.

Your health is important.

Your mental health is important.

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Just Keep Plannin’ – November Printable

I’ve got a list of planner stickers I want to create, but haven’t gotten to them yet. Sorry, planner peeps, moving is hard. Even with all my lists and organization. I’m seriously thinking about picking up a Silhouette Cameo on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  I’m just thinking about all the crafts I can make. I could even make pre-cut stickers. DIY everything!! Let me know if you have thoughts or a favorite Silhouette machine. In the meantime, I thought I would make a quick printable that many of you could benefit from for the November printable.

Menu Planner (November Printable)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Really, it’s next Thursday! This is a menu planner I created for weekly meal planning, but  it will definitely come in handy as you prepare your Friends-giving or  your traditional family feast.

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* This printable from The Palmetto Peaches is for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You MAY NOT RESELL, redistribute, or claim the original or derivative designs as your own.
*If you post this on the internet, please give credit to The Palmetto Peaches and link back to our blog (www.palmsinatl.com), so others can obtain the resources.

You can access the .pdf file here or simply click on the picture above for the download.

 If you’re looking specifically for printable stickers check out last November’s planner stickers or head over to our planner sticker collection. Until next time!

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Gilmore Girls Revival Countdown

Gilmore Girls Revival Countdown - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThere a lot of countdowns happening, but there’s one in particular I want to remind of: 15 more days until the Gilmore Girls are back!! That’s right  if you’ve been living under a rock, the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be available on Netflix on Nov. 25.

If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan I’m sure you’re anxious to hear the final four words. Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show’s creator, has always known what the final four words of the show were going to be and we’re 15 days away. People this is not a drill!

If you haven’t finished re-watching the entire season check out these fantastic 60 second recaps of all seven seasons.

Food You’ll Need For Your Bingewatching Session

In Omnia Paratus - Ready For Anything Mug

  • Chinese food

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    • Pizza

    • Danishes

  • Pie

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Well, basically any type of junk food will do.

Team Dean, Jess, Logan?

Okay, if I’m being honest, I kind of hope that Rory doesn’t choose any of them, but if I had to pick I’m going with Mr. Huntzberger. I’ve been loving Jess lately as well, but I think it’s just because Milo plays one of my favorite characters on This Is Us.

Are you a Gilmore Girls fan? Leave your predictions for the revival below!

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’ve always loved writing. During 7th and 8th grade, I was 100% convinced that I would be the editor of the formerly popular music magazine, Vibe. My writing dream partially stemmed from my obsession with the movie Brown Sugar. I wanted to be like one of the main characters, Sid Shaw (Sanaa Lathan). In the movie, Sid is the editor of another music magazine, XXL, and writes a novel about hip-hop. Her whole career path sounded perfect to me. She was also in love with her best friend, a music executive that ends up calling her the perfect verse over a tight beat (swoon), but I digress.

While my best friend spent the summer at the rec center flirting with boys at the basketball courts, I focused on writing fanfiction (you’re allowed a brief period of laughter), original stories, and creating accompanying graphics on Paint Shop Pro. It was during that summer that I decided that I wanted to write a book.

Last October I created a vision board and one of the items on that board was to write my novel. I’ve been staring at my board for 372 days working to manifest the ideas that I choose. The truth is I have less words in my Word document than the number of days I’ve been staring at it. However, I have a renewed energy and I found something to keep me accountable on completing a draft: NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo: NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 words from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59 p.m. on November 30.  NaNoWriMo encourages people who have always wanted to write their own book to actually write their own book. National Novel Writing Month is in it’s 18th year. The organization wants new or seasoned writers to set aside their “what ifs” and procrastination to strive toward a deadline – just what I need.

I’m taking my inspiration from Ace who has published a book and a children’s story published as a coloring book. She’s a rockstar! This means I’m writing 1,667 words a day and I’m going to check this off my list. I don’t have any expectations. I’m not working on this novel with the thought of becoming the next Veronica Roth or ending up on the New York Times Bestseller’s list. I just want to say that I’ve accomplished a life goal.

Do you have a vision board or life goals you are working toward? Leave a comment below!

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R.I.P: Fictional Deaths That Crushed Me

R.I.P: Fictional Deaths That Crushed Me - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comHere’s my disclaimer. You’re either going to laugh at me at the end of this post or totally hate me for bringing back some repressed feelings of grief for fictional characters that you may have finally made peace with. My apologies. I read a lot and I watch a lot of TV. Because of this, I’ve got a lot of thoughts and feelings about fictional characters. I’ve shared a few of my fictional crushes, but I need to process some heavier emotions.

Raise your hands if you’ve ever grieved a fictional death?

Yup, I’m going there. On Sunday The Walking Dead gut punched me and countless others as they brutally killed off two amazing characters. One in particular hurt like hell. Glenn Rhee, the beautiful soul and father-to-be, who in my opinion was the true soul of the show was snatched from our screens. He managed to utter four beautiful last words to the love of his life and from the mass hysteria spreading across the interwebs you would have thought a real person died. I’ve read the comics and knew that Glenn was going to meet his fate. That didn’t make watching Denny Duquette   Negan beat Glenn to a pulp any easier. But he’s not even, real!, you say. Uh, I know that, but he’s been gracing my screen for seven years. I’ve watched his character grow and evolve. Suddenly, he’s gone. Can’t a girl feel a sense of loss?


Why We Grieve Fictional Characters

I’m sure every fandom has a few fictional deaths they’ll never let go of. Hell, I’m still angry at Rose for being selfish and not sharing that wardrobe door with Jack. Empathy and sympathy are phenomena we experience almost daily in our dealings with others, and they play key roles in the way we respond to fictional characters.

A 2014 American University study found superfans can feel a strong sense of loss in the aftermath of a character death. There’s a psychological reason we get so attached to fictional characters, Robert Rowney, a staff psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic, told The Huffington Post.

“These characters are an escape from some of the stresses of life,” he said. “Watching these shows allows you to decompress and not have to think about things for a little while. You’re exposed to different aspects of the characters’ lives — their losses, their loves and their own griefs, everything that goes into the human condition — and you eventually begin to empathize with them and form an attachment. We see some of ourselves in them.”

Because of these emotional bonds we form watching certain characters, it’s perfectly understandable that we mourn their loss when they die on a show, Rowney continued.

Read more here.

10 Fictional Deaths I’m Still Not Over

Let me start by saying this isn’t in any particular order and I’m leaving Glenn off this list.

1. Poussey Washington, Orange Is The New Black

Poussey’s death was spoiled for me because I had the audacity not to watch all the episodes the day they were released on Netflix. I hope you read that in the most sarcastic tone ever.  However, it still hurt, especially with the recent deaths of black people by the hands of law enforcement.

2.The Young Ones, The Hunger Games

Primose Everdeen and sweet, innocent Rue. Lawddd why?! I know the tributes are going to die, but I closed my book/shutdown my Kindle when we lost little Rue. To make matters worse, Prim’s death is the reason Katniss chooses Peeta – which I wholeheartedly disagree with.

3. Jen Lindley, Dawson’s Creek

I became a puddle of tears watching Jen Lindley record a goodbye video for her daughter. Also, can we talk about the choice of having Sarah McLachlan’s Angel play during this scene- like we weren’t already suffering.

4. Thomas J, My Girl

I can honestly say I cry every time Veda tries to give Thomas J his glasses.

5.Hillary Whitney, Beaches

Bette Midler singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”…Someone must be cutting onions in the room.

6. Just about any character that has died on Grey’s Anatomy

I could mention any one of the traumatizing deaths on Grey’s Anatomy: Denny Duquette, George O’Malley, Lexie GreyMark Sloan, or Derek Shepard. Seriously, Shonda Rhimes stop victimizing us!

7. A few fictional animal friends

My grief for fictional characters aren’t just reserved for humans. I’m not sure what’s more heartbreaking watching furbaby Sam protect her poppa or seeing Dr. Robert Neville put down his only companion was almost too much. And I’m still not over the death of Little foot’s mom and dare I mention the sweet Labrador, Marley.

8. Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars

Dear John Green: The Fault In Our Stars was already sad then you riddled Gus with cancer and gave us this eulogy from Hazel.

“I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this. There is an infinite between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many days of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You have me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

9. Tris Prior, The Divergent Series

I’m still not convinced this death had to happen. Veronica Roth, get at me girl. I need to chat with you about this one.

If none of these fictional deaths registered with you shame on you I’m going to give you one more chance to prove you’re not heartless.

10. Mufasa from the Lion King

I hope the sadistic Disney writer who suggested this particular scene is proud of himself. I am 27 years old and Mufasa’s death is still one of the most tragic things I’ve ever seen.

 

Hmm, I may have to make a Part Two of this list. Which fictional deaths would you add to this list? Leave a comment below.

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