Happy Howl-o-ween – Barkbox Review

Happy Howl-o-ween, peeps! This year, I’m totally unprepared for Halloween. However, Sgt. Pepper has a costume. He’s going to be Reptar. Well to be fair, I purchased a $3 dinosaur costume for Target, but I’m going to tell everyone he’s Reptar. P.S. Did you know Reptar bars are now real? In honor of Pep’s Howl-o-ween, I am sharing this month’s Halloween themed BarkBox.

What is BarkBox?

BarkBox is a monthly subscription box for dogs of all sizes. Each box comes with two bags of treats, one chew, and two toys. Everything is tied together with a theme. All the treats are natural and made in the US or Canada. BarkBox is billed monthly. Additionally, the prices decrease if you commit to a 6 or 12 month plan. I pay $25 a month for a six month plan. You also have the option to join the Extra Toy Club for an additional $9 per month. The first box ships right away and subsequent boxes ship on the 15th of each month.

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Happy Howl-o-ween – Barkbox Review

This month’s theme was: Household Horrors. I love getting this subscription box for Sgt. Pepper. The box genuinely gets him so excited. He sticks his little nose in the box and starts pulling things out. It’s too cute!

Items in October’s Box

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The treats usually match the theme and this month they didn’t. I reached out to Barkbox about this and they are actually sending Sgt. Pepper some Halloween themed treats for free!

  • Scare Dryer – ($8)  – Pep actually used to be pretty afraid of the hair dyer. So it’s hilarious he’s been dragging this around.
  • Rain of Terror – ($14) Sgt. Pepper is obsessed with the little raindrops that are hidden inside. He’s been carrying them around and napping with them since he found them.

Overall, I’m super pleased with this subscription service. I originally thought I’d cancel after the first month, but it’s been fun to open with Pep. I’m also saving money on treats and toys.

Interested in BarkBox?

You can get your first month free using my referral link: https://www.barkbox.com/r/HNK071JMMF.

Customize Your Pup’s Barkbox

You can choose from 3 sizes based on how big your dog is. This helps Barkbox send goodies that are the right size for your pup.

  • “small and cute” for smaller dogs in the 0-20 lb range
  • “just right” for medium dogs in the 20-50 lb range
  • “big and bold” for big dogs 50 lbs and up

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 Every barkbox is wheat, corn, and soy free, and there’s even a special allergy-friendly barkbox for dogs allergic to beef, chicken, and turkey. You just have to send them an email telling them about your dog’s allergies and you’ll get the allergy-friendly barkbox for no extra charge. 

And if a subscription box isn’t your thing you can always make some homemade treats.

Are you dressing your fur baby up for howl-o-ween? Feel free to leave pictures in the comments below or tweet us!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Best Life Autumn: 2017 Fall Bucket List

October wouldn’t be the same without creating a fall bucket list. It’s hard enough to leave a warm bed on a fall morning, but there are festive activities that make it easier. Fall’s greatest treasures include warm drinks, the satisfying death of mosquitoes and a casual countdown to Christmas. Here are other things I’d like to do this season. 2017 Fall Bucket List -- The Palmetto Peaches

2017 Fall Bucket List

Have a family-style outdoor picnic. 

My work family and I go to brunch every weekend. It would be fun to switch things up by bringing a dish, and eating outside.

Finally drink one of the cocktails from this Fall Cocktails You Need to Try list.

It’ll be easier this year, because I’m surrounded by pumpkin pie, apple pie and candy corn vodka at work.

Visit an apple orchard.

This is on a co-workers bucket list, so I borrowed it.

Go on a hay ride. 

Bless my allergies.

Actually buy clothes for the cooler temperatures. 

Because I can’t wear the same sweatshirt everyday. I guess.
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Unplug for a long walk.

Preferably a walk that involves leaves, so I can jump in them.

Attend a wine tasting. 

We’re planning on having a wine tasting for my sister’s birthday next month. May the odds be ever in our favor.

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What’s on your 2017 Fall Bucket List?  Have you done any of the things on mine?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 TED Talks For Your Playlist

I’m trying to be more intentional about how I waste my time. Stick with me for a moment. While I like to spend time reading, there are too many times when I waste time trying to beat a really hard level of Cookie Jam.  I’ve decided that in those moments where I’m just wasting time I’d prefer to do something more productive. I decided to start listening to more TED Talks.

What are TED Talks?

A TED Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great ideas. Usually, the format calls for presentations on the shorter side. Think about all of the lectures we’ve all (almost) fallen asleep listening to. The talks are thought-provoking and stimulate conversation. They can be inspirational, funny, or mind-blowing and they cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.

One of my favorite TED Talks even ended up in a Beyonce song: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Here are a few of my favorite TED Talks that you may want to add to your playlist.

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5 TED Talks For Your Playlist


How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas

Description: Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.



Your Elusive Creative Genius

Description: Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.



Embrace the near win

Description: At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives.


#LemonPepperKickback Playlist

The Palmetto Peaches are basically Insecure’s Issa and Molly in real life, so not getting invited to the #LemonPepperKickback was very disappointing. The guest list included: Janelle Monae, Tessa Thompson, Donald Glover, Lil ‘ Rel, Luke James, Brian Tyree Henry, Mack Wilds, Samuel L. Jackson–pretty much everyone but us. What’s a kickback? A lituation with good friends where dance battles, card games and photo shoots will go down. There was a video of Issa getting her life to Project Chick, which made us think about the #throwback songs we’d want at our #lemonpepperkickback.

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#LemonPepperKickback Playlist

  • Shop Boyz – Party Like A Rockstar
  • Trey Songz – Bottoms Up
  • Drake – Fancy; HYFR; Forever
  • Sean Paul – Temperature; I’m Still In Love
  • T-Pain – Buy U a Drank
  • 702- Where My Girls At?
  • Soulja Boy – Crank That
  • Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
  • Usher – Yeah
  • Kelis – Milkshake
  • Bubba Sparxxx – Ms. New Booty
  • DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win; We Taking Over
  • Chingy – Right Thurr
  • Beyonce – Party; Crazy In Love

So our playlist ended up having like 68 songs… You’re going to need to order more wings, people!

  • T.I. – Bring Em Out
  • Lil Wayne – A Milli
  • Ludacris – Stand Up; My Chick Bad; Moneymaker
  • Kanye West – Golddigger
  • Terror Squad – Lean Back
  • Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s
  • YoungBloodz – Snap Yo Fingers
  • Young Money – BedRock, Every Girl In the World
  • Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands
  • Huey- Pop, Lock and Drop It
  • MIMS – This Is Why I’m Hot
  • Nas and Damian Marley – As We Enter
  • Jidenna – Classic Man
  • Hurricane Chris – Halle Berry; A Bay Bay
  • Kid Cudi – Day N Nite; Pursuit of Happiness
  • Mariah Carey ft. Gucci Mane – Obsessed
  • Keri Hilson – Pretty Girl Rock
  • UGK ft. Outkast – International Player’s Anthem
  • Dorrough  – Ice Cream Paint Job
  • Destiny’s Child – Lose my Breath
  • Petey Pablo – Freek-A-Leek
  • Young Dro – Shoulder Lean
  • Ciara – One, Two Step
  • Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
  • Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty
  • F.L.Y – Swag Surfin
  • Ester Dean – Drop It Low
  • G-Eazy – No Limit
  • Erykah Badu – Next Lifetime ; Didn’t Cha Know
  • Chance the Rapper – All Night ;Juke Jam
  • Crime Mob – Knuck if You Buck
  • Goodie Mob – Thry DOn’t Dance No Mo; Beautiful Skin
  • Aaliyah – I’m So Into You
  • Chris Brown – Run It; Pills & Automobiles
  • Xscape – Just Kickin In; Understanding
  • Lil’ Kim – The Jump Off
  • Wayne Wonder – No Letting Go


What songs would you add to our #LemonPepperKickback playlist? Let us know after you’re done dancing.


#Latergram: Put Your Phone Down

Whatever happened to living in the moment?

At Hangout this year, I watched a friend get super frustrated that she couldn’t get a good video of Mumford and Sons on Snapchat. To be fair, she was drunk, but her bad mood from not being able to get amazing footage killed my vibe. I just wanted to jump and dance around to “Little Lion Man”. But to be fair, I’ve be I’ve been that person too. A few weeks ago at Music Midtown, I watched a lot of Bruno Mars’ set through the iPhone screens in front of me. I was trying really hard to record “Versace on the Floor” and “When I Was Your Man”. But all I (and countless others) really got was a low quality version of a performance we could’ve been experiencing.

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Because we’ve become so obsessed with recording our lives. Too many people are too busy “doing it for the ‘Gram” (wait, do people still say that) trying to get likes and followers rather than living in the present. When I finally put my phone down, I danced and sang screeched my way through Bruno’s set.  At the end of the night my feet and back hurt. We kinda lost two of our friends who left to get us water. But I had the time of my life and I enjoyed the hell out of that concert.

Let me share another story with you:

Pulling out the parking lot at Starbucks the other day, I was the witness to a pretty remarkable scene. With the exception of one table, everyone was sitting with a group or at least one other person. However, everyone was on their phone. The next thing I saw was a young woman with a little toddler. Juice box in hand, the little girl stopped at the curb and put her hand out to be held as they walked into the parking lot area. Here’s the thing, her mom/sister/babysitter was too busy looking at her phone to notice the little girl had stopped and extended her hand. I became extremely annoyed with all of those strangers. I don’t know why it bothered me so much that particular day, but I told myself I was being a hypocrite. In that moment I vowed to step back and not partake in this madness (as much) and that I’d put my phone down more. I’m encouraging you to do the same.

You may need to put your phone down if:

  • You’ve almost injured yourself because you were walking and looking at your phone.
  • If you’re Instagramming your food and not paying attention to your date.
  • You’re too busy live-tweeting Scandal you missed most of Olivia’s monument or asterisk monologue.
  • You’re in a room full of people and not engaging in the conversation or at the very least doing some people watching.

We’re so involved in this race to capture everything that’s going on around us that we’re only getting a diluted form of the actual experience. So in the next few weeks try to:

  • Limit what makes it in your Snapchat story. You don’t need to take a snap of every song during your favorite artists show. At the next concert you attend, maybe take a quick video at the beginning and then put your phone away and enjoy the show.
  • Talk to a stranger. Now I’m not saying go find a creep, but have a little social interaction instead of resorting through scrolling through your Instagram feed.
  • Enjoy your meal, don’t Instagram it. Look some of your brunch pics are mouthwatering, but bite into that eggs benedict and get all that hollandaise sauce.  Order two baskets of duck fat fries and enjoy. No one has to know you’re on your 3rd cheat meal of the week.
  • Do it IRL. Yes, in real life. Instead of browsing through Pinterest for hours, grab a friend and hit up an antique store, craft shop, or mall and browse IRL.

Go have some experiences and if you take a picture or two make it a #latergram and keep living in the moment. Or just put your phone down and make a conscious effort to go screen free because real life is out there waiting for you to experience it.

What about you? Are you good about putting your phone down and getting the full experience? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Girl Gang

Is it time for Halloween costume ideas already? Yes, yes it is. Other than pumpkin spice overload and cheesy scary movies, the best part of October is Halloween. Being able to dress up with your squad makes this holiday even better.

5 Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Girl Gang

Flossy Posse (Girls Trip)

The Flossy Posse is my newest, favorite girl gang. Watch the movie, and you’ll find out why.
What you need:
Airbrushed denim vests
80’s hair-do

If you’d like to recreate the dance battle scene–just grab some colorful colorful wigs and black shades.

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Mario & Wario (Super Mario Brothers)

Mario & Luigi is too easy, I guess.
What you need for Mario:
Denim overalls
Red shirt and cap
White gloves
Brown shoes
Mustache, if you want to fully commit

What you need for Wario:
Purple overalls
Yellow shirt and cap
White gloves
Green shoes
Mustache, if you want to fully commit

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The Muses (Disney’s Hercules)

Perfect excuse to walk around singing all night.
What you need:
White fabric for a toga
Gold sandals

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Meredith Grey & Cristina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy)

Show your “person” how much you love them by dressing as this complicated duo.
What you need:
Blue scrubs
Name tags (for clarification purposes)
Optional: A bottle of tequila

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East Compton Clovers (Bring it On)

In a world full of Toro’s, be a Clover.
What you need:
Green Clovers uniform
Optional: orange and/or yellow bandana

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Snapchat filters

Call me basic if you want, but I think this is a great/easy idea.
What you need:
Flower crown
Brown puppy ears
Black and white puppy ears
Those are my favorite filters, but there are at least 5 more to choose from.

What Halloween costume ideas would you add to this list? What group ideas have you done in the past?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches