Even though it feels like time is flying, we are going to celebrate with a Summer Bucket List! Grab your sunscreen, flip-flops and koozie, and see what we we’re doing to make this summer a great one!
Summer Bucket List
Sunrise meditation. Nothing says good vibes like fresh air and a morning mantra.
Make S’mores at a bonfire.
The last few times I made S’mores, I used a microwave or lighter. Don’t laugh.
Go to a baseball game. I have no baseball knowledge whatsoever, but I love the atmosphere!
Float the river. Our Columbia friends introduced us to this summer adventure. It always ends with a sore body and a few good stories.
Travel. I REALLY want to go to New Orleans this summer, but I’m open to going anywhere with a nice view.
Build a fort. Yes summer is about sunlight and being outdoors, but I’d be okay with an air conditioned fort and Netflix…and snacks.
Drink out of a coconut. This has been on my summer bucket list for years. You know it looks fun and refreshing!
Go to a drive- in movie. If you have a drive-in movie in your hometown or get a chance to experience one, I say go for it. If you’re in Atlanta (or visiting Starlight DriveIn is great.
Shoot the Hooch. I just want a lazy day on the tubing the Chattahoochee River.
Go to the beach. Basically, I just need to plan an extended vacation home in Charleston.
Take a weekend road trip. I’ve got my eyes on Nashville.
Play in a sprinkler/on a slip-n-slide. Last year (on my birthday) Slide the City was canceled so I can’t personally vouch for event, but it looks like so much fun. If it comes to a city near you, go and tell me about it.
Play with sidewalk chalk. Because #ForeverYoung.
Make homemade ice cream. Do I really need a reason?
Have a water balloon/ squirt gun war. In undergrad Ace and I had an epic water balloon fight with some of our friends…reunion time?
Catch fireflies. This happens in movies all the time, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a firefly. Fern Gully problems, huh?
Take a nap in a hammock. I repeat: Do I really need a reason?
What are some of the things on your Summer bucket list? Leave us a comment below.
The Palmetto Peaches both rock natural hair. We’ve gotten some rude weird questions like:
Can I touch it?
No, no, no. Whether you’re talking about Ace’s locs or Donni’s natural curls – the answer is NOOOOO. The answer is always no.
Do you wash it?
We’re offended. So let’s move on.
Is it real?
No, it’s imaginary. Is your hair real?
We’ll share the stories of our natural hair journeys at another time, but for now we’re excited to talk about a really cool event happening in Atlanta – Natural Hair Mag’s Natural Health & Hair Summit.
Natural Health & Hair Summit
The Natural Health & Hair Summit is the first natural hair event to emphasize nutrition as the base for healthy hair. This event will boast some of America’s best health and hair professionals who are experts in their respective fields. They will cover topics such as nutrition, mental health, personal development, fitness, hair care and more.
NHM PRESENTS: NATURAL HEALTH & HAIR SUMMIT
AUGUST 6, 2016
Where: Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse Atlanta, GA 30337
Price: $20 Early Bird Registration (We’ll keep you updated when the ticket prices change.)
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That’s right only $15 for this great event. Visit http://www.nhmsummit.com for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Is a ticket to the summit not in your budget, because you spent too much on new hair products? Fear not naturalistas and health and wellness lovers, we’ve teamed teamed up with Natural Hair Mag to giveaway some free tickets to two of our curl-friends. See below for details.
Happy April, folks! Don’t be foolish — keep tracking your progress on your goals. Back in January, we shared our 2016 Goals. Now that the first quarter of the year is over, we’re back to show-off our progress.
2016 Goals – Ace
Write a book: No major update here. My soul sister in sketchiness, Asia, threw book ideas at me recently. We just have to stay focused long enough to execute. 🙂 Also, I signed up for Write Your Ass Off April. Book-worthy gems could come from that, and I might publish a few entries here. Stay tuned!
Social media cleanse: This was easier to do after Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time performance. I happily un-friended a few Facebook friends. It didn’t end there though. Some of my “friends” aren’t adding any value to my life. In the early FB days, I would send and receive requests to people I met at parties, had classes with, worked with, or had drunk bathroom chats with. It’s enough to take in opinions and major life events from people I know/love, but these strangers take up valuable space! Here’s a trick: when you get the notification that one of your Facebook friends has a birthday, and you can’t think of a good reason why you’re still Facebook friends–delete them!
Learn about chakras: I’m finishing Week 2 of Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience. This year’s theme is “Shedding the Weight”. Perfect timing, right? Other than that, I’m working on breathing practices that focus on aligning chakras.
Start using a planner: I’m now the proud owner of TWO planners. I bought a Bloom Planner in January, and won another planner from a #HerMovement Instagram giveaway. I use the Bloom Planner to focus on blog stuff and the #HerMovement one for personal things (bachelorette duties, family events, Aunt Flo coming to visit. Ya know, that kind of stuff. ?)
Design a journal: I haven’t designed my ultimate dream journal, but I did do this:
My cousin Alaina drew this for me after I told her about an idea I have for t-shirts. Once I saw it, I was like “I need her on a journal and coffee mug!” I’m working on a few other designs and concepts too, so be on the lookout if you’re the type of girl who balances her chakras to trap music. ✌
Learn to code: I never made it past signing up for the free courses. My bad.
Connect with The Palmetto Peaches’ target audience/readers: Someone told me I remind her of Crissle, and another said Necole Bitchie (we clearly don’t look alike). In my world, that’s a big deal!She elaborated by saying Crissle and I voice our opinions the same, and I’m assuming since Necole and I have similar stories, we’re alike. I’ll take it! On to the subject at hand–right now I’m in Alex Tooby’s Instagram Marketing Mastermind group. Even though I’m a little behind in the courses, I’ve already seen a little progress! I’m also trying to be more active in Facebook blogging groups. There are a few girls in the group who are more my style when it comes to blogging. It’s pretty cool seeing how they reach their audience, while also discovering blogs I wouldn’t usually read. After a few hours in Mattieologie’s #ThePostEdit webinar, I realized a few things I can change in my posts. I’d rather have 50 loyal readers, than 5,000 followers/likes (let’s be honest, followers and likes can be bought). I just have to improve my strategy to make sure I catch and hold on to the loyal ones!
Rebrand my personal blog: Again, no major updates, but I will use my own blog/site to promote the goodies (book, journal, t-shirts) I talked about earlier. A revamp is in the works, but so far this is all I have:
2016 Goals – Donni
One year saving challenge
I’ve been doing fairly well with this. I’m a little under where I should be for week 13, but I think I can easily make it up. I’ve always had issues sticking to budgets, but it’s nice to see my savings growing. FYI – I created a printable for anyone who wants to join me on this challenge. I’ve also created a blank version so you could set your own amounts based on your financial goals.
Commit to a fitness routine.
I’ve been working out. More consistently in the past month, but I still don’t have a set fitness routine or schedule that I abide by.
Drink 96 ounces of water per day
This was a fail, but I blame myself bringing at 30 or more ounces of coffee to work everyday. With the weather warming up, I plan on getting back on my fruit-infused water.
Work on my personal relationship with God.
Through journaling and use of my devotional, I’ve made more time to focus on my faith. Instead of scrolling through my Twitter or Instagram feeds, journaling makes me turn everything off and focus on my spirituality.
I definitely think I’ve been opening up more. Some of my more personal posts about interracial dating and feminism have gotten the best feedback.
Take more blogging e-courses.
My goal was about one e-course per month. So far I’ve checked out The Nectar Collective – Build Your Email List and Mattie’s #ThePostEdit which were both very informative. If you have suggestions for webinars or e-courses please let me know.
Did you set any goals for 2016? Let us know how you’re doing! Comment below or tweet us @PalmsInATL.
We quietly celebrated our one year blogiversary last month and we’ve gotten some new readers (Welcome!!). So we thought we’d slow things down today by adapting a popular get to know me blog tag for this fun get to know us post.
Ace: My middle name is Anwar, and I was super embarrassed by it until my 20s. I was at a networking event, and this woman (who I met for the first time) told me I had a prophetic name. The meaning of “Cecily” (SEH-si-lee) is blind. The meaning of “Anwar” is light. Homegirl said I was born to lead the blind to the light. *mic drop*
Donni: Mhmm. It’s Kelsey. I appreciate my parents for pairing my unique first name with something basic. It made me feel slightly better that I could at least find my middle name on those personalized pencils and keychains back in elementary school.
How tall are you?
Ace: I say I’m 5’7″, and I also don’t think Donni is 5’8″. ☺️
Donni: 5’8” when I’m feeling myself. My license says 5’7” and the last time I was at the doctor, they tried to tell me I was shrinking.
Do you have any siblings?
Ace: I have 2 super dope sisters on my mom’s side, and an obnoxious amount of brothers on my dad’s side.
Donni: Nope, it was just me, myself, my pretend rice bag sibling (story for another time) and dozens of cousins.
What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Ace: When people leave comments like “Cool!” or “Nice!” on a post. I do appreciate you for stopping by, but at least give me a full sentence.
Donni: You know what bothers me. The automatic responses on Twitter after you follow somone that pretends you’re their best friend and tries to sell you something: “Thanks for following. Visit my blog for [insert promotion here] and my [insert webinar here].” Pushy much?
What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Ace: I have so many pet peeves that y’all might question my sanity and relationships. I will spare you, and choose one. To me, it annoys me when people text or post “GM” or “HBD”. An ex used to do that to me, and it drove me insane. I have a friend, who is probably reading this now and laughing, who randomly texts me “GM” just to get on my nerves. Petty.
Donni: Don’t laugh, but I think my biggest pet peeve is office-related. I really can’t stand stinky lunches and snacks. For example, I’m pretty sure there’s someone who puts fish in our toaster. Yes, I said toaster. Also when people burn popcorn and the scent lingers and wafts in the hallways. Stawpppp.
What’s Currently your favorite song?
Ace: Obviously, “Formation”. However, “Jimmy Choo” by Fetty Wap is a very, very close second.
Donni: Uh, I’m going to have to say Rih Rih’s “Work”. As soon as I hear it I want to start dancing.
What’s your favorite junk food?
Ace: Sour Patch Kids. I am counting down the days for the Easter edition to be released.
Donni: My braces have kept me from consuming a lot of junk food, but these bad boys will be off very soon so bring on all the yumminess. If I had to pick one thing though – maybe Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Ace: Nope. I tried twice in college, and it wasn’t for me, but Baila (chocolate pit bull) and Callie (calico cat) are living happily ever after with families that have time and patience for them.
Donni: Yes, my cute little monster furbaby, Sgt. Pepper (yes, like the Beatles album). He’s a Shih Tzu and Pomeranian mix and seriously the most entertaining thing ever.
If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ace: Fireball spiked coffee.
Donni: Vodka…but then I’d probably die. Coffee.. wait same result. Sweet tea…final answer.
What’s your favorite movie?
Ace: The Princess and the Frog.
Donni: “I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens.” If anyone knows what movie that’s from – I already love you. Let’s be friends.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Ace: New Orleans. Yes, I’m Princess Tiana in real life.
Donni: Uh, depending on how the election turns out I may be moving for real. I’m thinking Italy looks great.
PC or Mac?
Ace: MAC. RIP to my MacBook, Chloe, she held me down from 2008-2015.
Donni: PC. But if someone wants to buy me a MAC…
What’s your go-to order at Starbucks?
Ace: Skinny caramel macchiato, usually with an extra shot of espresso.
Donni: Dirty Chai.
Can you cook?
Donni: I prefer to bake, but yes I love cook. I’m looking for a Thai cookbook to experiment with.
What was the last thing you bought?
Ace: A Greyhound bus ticket!
Donni: Five bottles of wine. Don’t judge me there was some sort of mega-sale going on that I couldn’t pass on.
What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
Ace: It’s no secret Necole Kane is my big sister in my head. Otherwise, I’ve been digging Trelani Michelle from So Fundamental. She meditates, and sages, and makes full-moon water…my future soul sister!
Donni: I just realized how creepy this question sounds. Probably, Sevi from Ware’s the Vodka. She commented on one of my recent blog posts and I had a fangirl moment. I love her blog, love her style and I love vodka.
It’s hard to believe that we hit publish almost one year ago and launched this blog on an “unlucky” Friday the 13th. We’re excited to see what’s in store for us, but for now we’re taking a look at our favorite blog moments from the past year in this blogiversary edition of Friday Faves.
Ace: 10 Signs You Grew Up in Charleston is my favorite post and not because it got more comments and shares than all of my other posts combined.I was thinking about writing a list like this for a while, but I never physically started writing it until last summer. After deciding to come back to Charleston, this list was my way of making my current situation part of the blog. Although this is the closest I’ve come to a viral post, I almost didn’t write it. I remember postponing the publish date, and thinking of what else I could write instead.
I chose this as my favorite because it brought the Charleston I knew and loved together. 10 Signs You Grew Up in Charleston was published one month before the Emanuel A.M.E shooting. So I love how Charleston natives were able to come together for something positive, before that tragedy.
Donni: This is hard. I really can’t just pick one. Charleston Shooting: Stop Telling Me How To Feel was probably the most cathartic. So many of my friends reached out to me offline to tell me how much that piece meant to them or to simply show support and it was a great feeling. My favorite post to write was definitely 50 Shades of Awful. I love a good rant and really enjoyed the opportunity to share how ridiculous I think the 50 Shades of Grey book series is. And my favorite video hands down is Whisper Challenge. It was hilarious to film and I think it really captures who Ace and I are. The footage we originally recorded got messed up in my video editing software, so what we uploaded was actually the second take.
Favorite Lesson Learned About Blogging
Donni: My favorite lesson so far: Blogging is hard work. Now other bloggers are going to read this and say duh and perhaps chuckle a little. I love all of the creative aspects of blogging. I love jotting down post ideas in my blog planner. I love finding .gifs for my posts. I love making graphics. However, I never anticipated how much work it would be balancing life and blogging. I work full-time during the day – in a job where I have to be 100% focused on the task at hand. When I get home, I just want to settle down on the comfiest part of the couch and snuggle with my dog. There are many nights that I find myself up in the wee hours of the morning tinkering on Photoshop. However, one my favorite quotes is:
I love blogging and I’m completely OK with putting in the hard work. I’ve met some awesome people in the blogging community and knowing that my posts makes someone smile or helps them in some small way is worth it.
Ace: My favorite lesson is the lesson that kept on giving, and that lesson is to be genuine while writing. As unique as I am, there are people out there who think like me and enjoy the things I enjoy. Somewhere in this universe there’s a girl who shamelessly drinks an entire bottle of wine, while reading about balancing her chakras. There’s no need to force a post, or to try and keep up with what’s trending if it’s not my cup of tea. I love reading a blog post and thinking, “I do this too!” So it feels pretty dope to know I can also do that for someone else. I think that’s what made my 10 Signs You Grew Up in Charleston post successful. It wasn’t a super deep analysis, but it was all me!
Although I use the hashtags, I still don’t consider myself a blogger. A writer with a blog, maybe, but not a blogger.
Favorite #PalminATL Photo
We couldn’t celebrate our one year blogiversary without doing a giveaway to thank our readers (old and new):
The fantastic Monika from violetroots.com has started a new series on her blog called Music Muses. Each month she will interview a blogger or creative who loves and connects to music. And guess who she featured first? Yup, that’s right your Palmetto Peaches. We’ve featured a few of our answers below, but please head over to Violetroots.com to read the full interviews.
What is your relationship to music? Do you play an instrument or are you just an avid listener?
Donni: I took piano lessons when I was younger and begged my mom to quit so I could take more dance classes. However, I can still hammer out “My Heart Will Go On” if I have just the correct amount of wine in me. Now music just keeps me sane.
Ace: I come from a singing family, and grew up singing in a gospel choir–but other than that, I’m just a fan. In my mind I can play the piano and saxophone though.
What song lyrics currently resonate the most with you? Why?
Donni: Kendrick Lamar – “Poetic Justice” — “If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?”
The first time I heard that, it gave me Tupac “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” vibes and I’ve always identified with that image -something beautiful growing in the midst of chaos.
What are the last five songs you listened to? Feel free to include guilty pleasures! We’re all friends here!
Ace: Let me start by letting you know I love trap music.
“Where Ya At” – Future and Drake
“Church” – BJ the Chicago Kid (ft. Chance the Rapper)
“Down in the DMs” – Yo Gotti
“California” – Colonel Loud (ft. Young Dolph, T.I and Ricco Barrino)
“Sure Thing” – Miguel
What’s your go-to song if you’re feeling a bit down or in need of some motivation?
Ace: “Diva”, “Countdown”, “Get Me Bodied”, “Grown Woman”…pretty much anything Beyoncé!
Donni: If I’m in a bad mood or need a pick me up – I have a dance break (or drink a bottle of wine with Ace). So put on some Beyoncé or throwback 80s/90s dance jams (Whitney Houston – “Dance With Somebody” anyone?) and I’m good.