Life after TGIT

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.

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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.


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Pinterest 101

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

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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.

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  • 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.Pinterest 101 - Tiered Stand - The Palmetto Peaches
  • 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.

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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


Peace, Love & Shopping: Nordstrom Giveaway

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

$400 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway


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Prize: $400 Nordstrom Gift Card

Co-hosts: 101 Things I Love / The Palmetto Peaches / Parenting Healthy / Deliciously Savvy / 2 Just B You / Something Gold, Something Blue / Style Tab / The Fashionista Momma / TonieGirl / Peaches In A Pod / Stripes ‘n Vibes / Rocks Fashion Bug / The Southern Texas Charm / Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog / Prosecco & Plaid / A Good Hue / Foxy’s Domestic Side / Chasing My Halo / Cameron Proffitt

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What will you buy if you win the $400 gift card? Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @PalmsInATL!

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Productivity Playlist 2

Productivity Playlist #2 - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThere are levels to being productive while listening to music. Like Donni said before introducing the jams on her Productivity Playlist, everyone is different. My levels include healthy distractions like dancing and daydreaming. While physical movement (dancing) relieves stress and releases endorphins, daydreaming is like meditation for me. Songs that make me happy bring on the visions of the positive things I want to have and experience–like owning a house with a huge yard in New Orleans, or going to Disney World for the first time. When I think about things like that, I get pumped about checking items off of my to-do list.

During my senior year of college, I’d head to the park in my neighborhood to clear my mind. Y’all don’t even know how Adele’s “21” and Beyonce’s “4” got me through life in 2011! I would walk/run 3-5 times a week listening to those albums–beginning to end. Some songs made me want to dance, and some would put me in my feelings. Either way, I’d zone out and pick up speed.

Back to the subject at hand–a healthy distraction can lead to a serious productivity session. And you know what’s a really good, healthy distraction? A TWERK-OFF!!! Twerking is a workout and working out is productive—so there’s that. On International Day of Happiness (March 20), I read an article on, about people getting together for pre-work dance parties at 7am to release “happy chemicals”. I hope my playlist helps you do the same!

WARNING: Some of my tunes are not for the young ears. Keep that in mind if you’re going to listen with the fam. 🙂

Productivity Playlist #2

  1. Countdown by Beyoncé
  2. Made Me [Explicit] by Snootie Wild & K CAMP
  3. Limit to Your Love by James Blake
  4. Lost Queen by Pharrell Williams
  5. End of Time by Beyoncé
  6. Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) [Explicit] by Rich Homie Quan
  7. Count Your Blessings by Nas & Damian Marley
  8. Didn’t Cha Know by Erykah Badu
  9. Baby Blue by Action Bronson feat. Chance the Rapper
  10. Turn Your Lights Down Low by Bob Marley & The Wailers feat. Lauryn Hill

What are you turning up or turning down to while taking care of business? Comment below or tweet @PalmsInATL!


May Beauty Unboxing

Confession: I spend an unusual amount of time watching family and beauty bloggers on YouTube. It’s like my second Netflix. I look forward to my favorite ladies’ Get Ready With Me and monthly favorites videos.  It’s becoming a problem, but

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I like what I like.

I by no means think of myself as a beauty expert or a beauty blogger, but I thought it would be cool to do do an unboxing video for you guys.  I recently signed up for a Julep Maven box and was gifted a Birchbox subscription and it’s been on my to-do list to record and upload these for awhile and I’ve finally completed one.

May Beauty Subscriptions Unboxing

 Check out the video below to watch me unbox my April Julep Maven Box and the Mad Men inspired Birchbox.


For those of you subscription box lovers out there tell me which are your favorites. Are you a Birchbox fan? Ipsy fan? Also, I’d love to hear who your favorite YouTube beauty vloggers are. Leave me a comment or tweet me at @donnicakelsey


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Raise a Glass For the College Grads


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Four years ago today, on a 75° (yup, we looked it up) day in Columbia, SC your Palmetto Peaches became alumnae of the University of South Carolina. It was a crazy week of celebrations with friends and family after an amazing and memorable journey, complete with highs and lows to get us each to that point. With the upcoming commencements, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite memories from our graduation weekend, discuss post-grad life and impart some words of advice for upcoming seniors and the class of 2015.

Learn our favorite graduation memory, how we would describe college in five words and how post-grad life has been in Part 1!

Listen to our advice for the class of 2015 and what we wish we would’ve known during our senior year in Part 2!


 What was your most memorable moment from your graduation? How’s post-grad life treating you? Tweet us at @PalmsInATL or leave a comment below!

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