I prefer online shopping over in-store shopping. There’s just something about searching for a super cute outfit, while rocking sweatpants and a headscarf. But like Donni said, it’s all fun and games until you peep the total before checking out. That’s why The Palmetto Peaches partnered with other awesome bloggers to give one lucky winner a $400 Nordstrom gift card!
Yep, you read it right: FOUR HUNNIT DOLLAS to help make looking at that total a little less stressful. Get those entries in fast, because this giveaway ends on Thursday, June 4! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter everyday for the next 3 days. Winner will be notified by email. Good luck, y’all!
Let me start by saying this post has nothing to do with actually riding in cars with boys. However, Riding in Cars with Boys is one of my favorite movies. If I had to remake the film based on my life, it would revolve around my nephews.
When I moved back to Charleston in 2011, I always said I was going to blog about my life with da boyz. At the time, I had 5 nephews waiting on me to move back home after graduation. So, take a minute to imagine what it was like transitioning from the house I lived in during college, also known as 710. 710 was like Party Down South on some days, and like Survivor on others–living with my nephews is like Home Alone, even when their parents are home. HAHA!
Within the 2 weeks I’ve been “vacationing” in Charleston this summer, my nephews have already given me lots of laughs and headaches. Here are my favorites…so far.
I ran out of shaving cream and they gave me this to use instead… (My legs are still recovering.)
The 8-year-old wrote, “Help me. Stranger Danger” on the cooler in the grocery store because he couldn’t get the frozen pie he wanted.
My face went crazy, and I had to share acne face wash with the 12-year-old.
The 4-year-old asked me if wine was for babies. This is the same 4-year-old who picked up a mini bottle of wine in the corner store and asked, “Auntie, you want this?” (I really did want it. I said “no” because the cashier was judging me with her eyes.)
They work my last nerves, but most of my funny stories come from their craziness. Are their little ones in your life who say or do the “darndest” things? I loooove hearing about them! Comment below or tweet me @TheAceAlexa so we can laugh together! 🙂
Officially, Memorial Day is the federal holiday in which we remember the people who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Unofficially, it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season and the day of the cookout. Today your social media timelines will be full of people asking to “save them a plate”.
In honor of cookout season, I’ve put together a summertime flavor or cookout playlist, if you will. Now there are a lot of super throwback songs on this because when I first started curating the playlist, I thought off all the songs an uncle (in a white tee and leather sandals) would jam to as he’s making his famous barbecue (Frankie Beverly and Maze, Earth, Wind and Fire), but then there’s some classic rap songs (hello, Summertime by the Fresh Prince) that have to be included. And then personally, I love to dance, so I had to throw in a few dance jams.
I hope you all enjoy your day off and enjoy the flavor of the playlist. There are a few songs that Spotify didn’t have that are linked below.
We’re officially finished with TGIT until the fall. That’s approximately 63 hours of lives not including the countless number of hours we wasted tweeting and discussing the latest twist Shonda threw at us around our proverbial watercoolers. Mama Shonda owns Thursday nights and it’s that time of year where we get our lives back and are free to unglue ourselves from our seats/the floor.
How did TGIT treat you this season?
Donni: Let’s be clear I’m still mourning the death of George (six seasons later), so I am nowhere close to accepting Derek’s death. We know how Shonda kills off those we love. Were any of you Private Practice fans? Please, tell me you remember Dell’s death!
So to recap the tragedies that has happened this TGIT season: we know poor little Oliver has HIV, Rebecca is DEAD, Jake almost died, Quinn is threatening to kill Huck, and most importantly Derek is DEAD. Then Scandal had the absolute worst finale in my opinion. As soon as Fitz kick Mellie out of the White House and went running to Liv’s place, I was ready to throw my TV screen. Kissing on the White House balcony…ick. The entire thing was just weak.
Ace: I drank a lot of wine on Thursdays between 8pm and 11pm, so my memories and emotions are a little fuzzy. The death of Derek Shepherd is seriously one of the worst things that’s ever happened to me. I based my relationship goals off of #MerDer. I flipped so many tables because of them since 2005, and this was just too much. The Scandal finale was okay, until the end. Olivia and Fitz’s are just gonna kiss under the moonlight, while my boo Derek is still dead? Nah. Shonda should’ve took Jake instead. Sorry, not sorry.
What are you going to do?
Ace: Season 6 of Pretty Little Liars starts June 2, so I don’t have much time before I’m emotionally invested in another show. Until then, maybe I’ll finish I Know Why the Cage Bird sings on my Kindle app or write a coming of age romantic-comedy. Who knows? Anything can happen when I have a few extra hours, good nerves and all my edges. Shonda shamelessly snatched them every week during TGIT.
Donni: I’m a little confused what I should do with this extra time. I usually stop by Kroger for a bottle of wine if I hadn’t done so earlier in the week to get me through the night’s emotional rollercoaster. I mean I can still stop for wine (and probably will), but there’s nothing to angry-tweet Shonda about. I will admit that I watch Party Down South, so I have Thursday TV time dedicated to that. Maybe, I’ll use the time to read. Or maybe I won’t binge watch the new season of Orange Is the New Black and watch it on Thursdays… wait who am I kidding?
What are you hoping for in the next TGIT seasons?
Ace: If Derek isn’t rising from the dead next season, Callie and Arizona are my last hope. I’d like to see them work on their marriage. Even though I’ve grown to love the new cast/doctors, I think I’m retiring from Grey’s Anatomy before Meredith dies too. Feels like forever since I watched How to Get Away with Murder; but I’m just happy Rebecca is dead. (I feel okay saying this because she’s a fictional character.)
Donni: Hmm. that’s a hard question. I’m trying to decide if Grey’s still has my loyalty. Perhaps, I’ll cool down over the summer and forgive the senseless killing of Derek Shepherd. If I am watching, I want to see Alex be happy and in love. And I need more Zola. On the Scandal front: Olitz must go! I’m sorry, but I’m not a fan. Every time the Olitz music starts playing I roll my eyes. Also, if Quinn touches one hair on Huck’s head or pull out any of his teeth. There will be hell to pay. The only thing I really want from How to Get Away with Murder is more Asher. Basically, I love Matt McGorry. He’s a feminist — what’s not to love. Viola Davis will slay so I’m not to worried about HTGAWM.
Are you a TGIT fan? If so, tell us what you’re adding on to your schedule while our shows are on summer break! Comment below or tweet @PalmsInATL.
Every couple of weeks, I scan my Pinterest boards for projects or recipes that I want to attempt. Honestly, this has led to a number of Pinterest fails, but also to a lot of really cool gifts, projects and yummy new dished. In my second spring cleaning post I showed ya’ll a jewelry stand that I made to clean up my bathroom counter. In this blog post I’ll walk you through this project – in what I’m calling a Pinterest 101. I find that when I start with some fail-proof projects, I have confidence to try those larger, somewhat overwhelming projects. When all else fails, sip a little wine (or the drink of your choice) as you work and the final outcome will always look a little better.
Pinterest 101: Tiered Stand
While I’m using my stand to hold odds and ends and jewelry in my bathroom. This DIY project can be used in a number of different ways. Hello cupcake stand or cake stand. Perhaps it’s a place to hold make-up or nail polish or miscellaneous things on your desk. Make it work for you!
3 plates (One should be smaller than the other or you could use a bowl)
Two candlesticks E6000 Craft Glue
I bought these melamine plates at Target for $1.29. The small appetizer plate was only .99. Feel free to hit thrift store for vintage plates as well. The candlesticks were from the Dollar Tree. You could use gold or silver spray to add something special to your candle sticks. This project would also be fun with terracotta pots and holders. Again, customize your materials list to make it your own.
With a damp cloth clean wipe down the plates and candle sticks and let them dry completely. If you plan on painting your candlesticks I would do that first, letting them dry completely before moving forward. My candlesticks were a little dusty so I grabbed some rubbing alcohol and cotton squares to give them a good cleaning.
With the design of the plates I purchased, it was easy to find the center, but you may need to measure your plate to accurately find the center. I applied the E6000 glue liberally on the bottom edge of the candlestick and set it on the plate. You still have some time to move it if it isn’t quite centered, but then firmly press down.
Next apply glue to the bottom of the second plate and the top of the first candlestick to add the next tier. The trick with the E6000 is to apply the glue to both surfaces and wait a couple of minutes before sticking together. Two tiers may be enough for you, I but I wanted a third, so I repeated the process and applied glue to the top of the second candlestick and the bottom of the third plate.
Voila! That’s all she wrote folks. You now have a tiered stand. Leave to dry overnight before you begin adding your items. Also I would lift the stand from the bottom. While the glue should keep it together, it never hurts to go easy on your new stand.
Do you have any projects you’ve been wanting to try? Any Pinterest fail stories or great successes? I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @donnicakelsey.
I don’t know about Ace, but sometimes I go online to my favorite clothing stores and put everything I like in my shopping cart. I’ll go and review my choices (hmm, where would I wear that…I should probably buy that in a bigger size … I hope the reviews about buying these shoes a half size bigger are true) deleting items that I deem “unnecessary”. Then I’ll look at the total, laugh hysterically at the absurd amount and quickly close the tab.
Well The Palmetto Peaches have teamed up with other awesome bloggers for a great giveaway that will allow you to actually go through with that purchase. Yes, we’re supporting your shopping habit. We are co-hosting a