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Don’t Throw Shade, Throw Parties – Hangout Festival Playlist

We are three days away from Hangout Festival 2017!

We’ve gathered  some of our old crew (710) and some new friends and we’re heading to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a much needed vacation filled with live music. We haven’t done this as a group since Bonnaroo 2011.  So basically we’re expecting a beautiful disaster.

Issa festival!!

We’ve pulled together a playlist of the artists we’re really excited to see. Frank Ocean canceled at the last minute, so we’re a little bummed, but it’s not the end of the world. The theme for our time at the beach is: Don’t throw shade, throw parties!

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Don’t Throw Shade, Throw Parties – Hangout Festival Playlist

  • DJ Snake – Turn Down For What
  • Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  • Chance The Rapper – Same Drugs
  • The Suffers – Giver
  • Chance The Rapper – Smoke Break
  • Major Lazer – Lean On
  • Tkay Maidza – Simulation
  • Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  • Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
  • Bishop Briggs – River
  • Twenty One Pilots – Ride
  • The New Respects – Money
  • Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio
  • The Suffers – Make Some Room
  • Lil Yachty – One Night
  • Tkay Maidza – Tennies
  • LP – Tokyo Sunrise
  • The New Respects – Come As You Are
  • A$AP Ferg – Work (Remix)
  • LP – Into The Wild
  • The New Respects – Trouble
  • A$AP Ferg – Shabba
  • MGMT – Your Life is A Lie
  • Dillion Francis – Get Low
  • MGMT – Electric Feel
  • Chance The Rapper – No Problem
  • MGMT – Time To Pretend
  • MGMT – Weekend Wars
  • Major Lazer – My Love
  • MGMT -Kids
  • Major Lazer – Light It Up
  • A$AP Ferg – New Level
  • MGMT – Plenty of Girls In the Sea
  • Chance The Rapper – Juke Jam
  • Major Lazer- Cold Water
  • Weezer – Beverly Hills
  • Major Lazer – Run Up
  • The Head and the Hurt – Rhythm & Blues
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Young The Giant – Cough Syrup
  • The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew
  • Young the Giant – Silvertongue
  • Shaggy – Angel
  • Young the Giant – Amerika
  • The Head and The Heart – Down in the Valley
  • Shaggy – Boombastic
  • Charli XCX – After the Afterparty
  • Lukas Graham – Drunk In the Morning
  • Tory Lanes – Say It
  • MAGIC! – Rude
  • Lukas Graham –  7 Years
  • MAGIC! – Girl at Coachella
  • Young the Giant – Mr. Know – It – All
  • Charli XCX – 3AM

 

If you want to see what’s happening follow us on instagram to hear the artists on our hangout festival playlist and see some IG stories full of Festival fun!

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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!

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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?

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Let the Bubbles Melt Your Troubles: Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy

There are few things in life as luxurious as dipping your toes in clear hot water, allowing bubbles to lap over your legs and completely relax your muscles all while taking a deep breath in and then slowly releasing it.The stress of the day just melts away to nothing. It is the stuff that dreams are made of, but you can enjoy this type of deep relaxation and lavishness every day if you own a hot tub. We’re all about self-care and love offering new self-care ideas to our readers. Hot tubs have distinct relaxation benefits, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the other advantages of hot water therapy.Let the Bubbles Melt Your Troubles: Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Here are nine benefits to soaking in a hot tub:

Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy

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1)Stress Relief

Sitting still and allowing the jets and water to massage your body gently will help reduces stress and anxiety. The heat paired with the pulsating water positively affect the body and cause a release of endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones which cause a positive reaction in the body – they are known for creating a feeling of euphoria. The endorphins and the added relaxation coupled together are an ideal form of stress relief.

2) Improved Movement

For those who struggle with arthritis and chronic pain, a hot tub is a relaxing way to start feeling relief. Hot water therapy coupled with cool water therapy is proven to help reduce arthritis and chronic pain and improve joint flexibility. According to WebMD, “heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain.”

3) Catch those Zzzzs

When your mind is racing, and your muscles are sore, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. A hot tub is a great option because soaking in a hot tub is proven to relax the body and the heat from a hot tub can induce sleepiness. When you end your day with a dip in a hot tub, you are likely to improve your quality of sleep, which makes for better nights and then even better mornings. Just be sure you do not catch any shut eye while you are still soaking in the hot tub.

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4) Lower Blood Sugar

The hot water from a hot tub can help lower blood sugar, which can be particularly useful for those battling diabetes. The water causes blood vessels to dilate, and it increases blood flow and helps with circulation. While there are many proven benefits to hot water therapy for those with high blood sugar, but be sure to consult with your doctor before using a hot tub in your diabetes management.

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The Palmetto Peaches Turn Two

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Today’s our second blogiversary, y’all. It all started with a text message to Ace during Donni’s lunch break and here we are. From the bottom of our hearts – thank you for supporting The Palmetto Peaches for the past TWO YEARS!!!

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The Palmetto Peaches Turn Two

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself before launch day?

Ace: Worry about yourself. There will be people who write about a topic before me, attend an event I won’t, or visit a place I haven’t, AND THAT’S FINE! Everyone’s journey is different, so there’s no need to wish to be someone else – except Beyoncé.

Invest. Even if was $1 a week, having a stash specifically for blogging needs is something I should’ve done 2 years ago.

Donni: Besides giving myself some much needed expectation setting regarding time management, I’d probably tell myself to stay true to my voice. In the beginning, I was trying to create content that other bloggers were creating rather than writing about things I was passionate about. I’d also tell myself to network and actively try to connect with other bloggers. I’m becoming better at it, but I should have done more in the beginning.

What are your wishes for The Palmetto Peaches in year number two?

Ace: I want us to get recognized by a major publication or platform, and to make some money. Please don’t confuse this with, “I want a popular site to copy our posts and ideas.”

Luvvie is one of my favorite people. She’s had an amazing year (already), and it’s been inspiring to watch her journey. She went from writing hilarious Scandal recaps on her blog, to landing a deal with Shonda Rhimes! #RealLifeGoals

Donni: I feel like 2017 is going to be a good year for the blog. High on my wishlist is a new blog photo shoot. Um, hello my braces have almost been off for a year. I’d like to see us attend a blog conference this year. I would also love to upgrade the look and feel of the blog, so don’t be surprised if there are a few changes soon.

What’s your craziest blog post blooper?

Ace: Every post day is a crazy day for me. I’m convinced WordPress, Photobucket and Canva get paid to conspire against me. The craziest experience is a recent one. As I was editing the post, it kept auto-saving to a “more recent version”. Once I finally got it to chill, WordPress wouldn’t let me log-in to publish. So, I called upon my Tech Goon aka Donni. It was handled.

Donni: I’ve been coding websites since back in the days of Geocities and Angelfire (yup – took it there). Yup, I learned HTML, CSS, and PHP and coded in Notepad or some similar program. So WordPress should not be an issue. I repeat it should not. However, on the days that I’m way behind on the editorial calendar and I’m working on a post at two in the morning, WordPress is like:

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So then plugins start malfunctioning, pictures disappear, Chrome freezes, I get writer’s block…you name it. But hey “nevertheless, she persisted”.

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Cheers to two years of blogging and to the many memories and moments that are yet to come!

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Galentine’s Day Gifts for Your Girl Squad

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February 14th is about romance, but February 13th – Galentine’s Day – is about celebrating lady friends.

Whether your besties need a little loving after a break-up, a distraction from work, or simply have a soft spot for February 13th (like The Palmetto Peaches), you may be counting down the days until Galentine’s Day. Here’s are some unique gifts from UncommonGoods your squad will love. UncommonGoods is an awesome company that offers handmade, recycled, and organic products. Back in 2001, they created the Better to Give Program which gives you the option to choose a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from the company at checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since creating this program.  Yass for giving back!

For Your Literature & Music Loving Friends

Check out these Literary Candles

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Browse some additional home decor items for your Galentine’s here.

FOR THE meditating, daydreaming friend

Grab a Birthday Stone Wishing Ball

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There are some more great options for gifts in the birthday gifts section.

For the mama in your sqUad

Wine Soap

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Head over to the UncommonGoods website for more personalized gifts.

Today’s post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, but our excitement about the company and products are all our own.

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