Why I Don’t Entertain Anti Beyoncé Debates

The anti Beyoncé thinkpieces and discussions are in full swing these days. Between her pregnancy announcement and the GRAMMYs, people have been trying to get a reaction out of me. Well, here you go!Why I Don't Entertain Anti Beyoncé Debates - The Palmetto Peaches

Why I Don’t Entertain Anti-Beyoncé Debates

The BeyHive is full.

We good. We poppin. If you’ve ever tried to get tickets to a Beyoncé concert, you know exactly what this means.

Your opinion is YOUR opinion.

I’m a recovering Spice Girls and Mariah Carey stan. Needless to say, when it comes to my faves–I’ve had my fair share of hateration in this dancerie. Instead of worrying about why I love someone who doesn’t “know” me, worry about why you dislike someone who doesn’t know you.

“If you don’t understand my record, then you don’t understand me. So this is not for you.” -Master P, For Us By Us Interlude

Thoughts become things.

You do realize that talking about how overrated she is, or how much you don’t like is only bringing her more attention, right? To me, it’s similar to politics. Hence, I said similar, not the same. When you’re an advocate for a cause, bringing light to certain issues is necessary. But Beyoncé isn’t healthcare or minimum wage. Like, wyd? Where is your fave?! Go support them!

Me when people say Beyoncé is overrated, and they’re over the hype.

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I do not “worship” Beyoncé.

Will I faint WHEN we make eye contact? Yes. Do I skip a few meals to buy tickets to her concerts? Yes. Am I keeping index cards with facts on why she’s one of the G.O.A.Ts to prepare for your anti Beyoncé debate? Nah. Some fans are on another level of obsessive when it comes to Queen Bey, but let them live! It’s not hurting me or anyone else, so it’s not my business.

This post goes against what I’m venting about, but I needed a written statement to direct people to in the future. I’ve silently sat through too many anti-Beyoncé debates. Yes, I adore her, but she doesn’t pay my bills. See what I did there? It would be a full-time job entertaining these conversations, and I ain’t got the time.

Are you a full-time anti Beyoncé debater? If so, your comment may not get published–but thank you for reading!

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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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Flowers and Candy: Love Jams Playlist

If you don’t know by now The Palmetto Peaches love a good playlist. I’ve made playlists for the best cover songswork out jams, and productivity. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d put together a little love jams playlist. You can play this as you’re having your dinner for two on Tuesday or on your way to your early Valentine’s dinner this weekend.There are some cheesy songs, but cheese it up. Twirl your significant other around.Flowers & Candy: Love Jams Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Flowers and Candy: Love Jams Playlist

  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • B2K – Gots Ta Be
  • Beyonce – Love On Top
  • Whitney Houston – I Will Always You
  • Drake – Take Care
  • Mariah Carey – Always Be Baby
  • John Legend – All of Me
  • Justin Bieber – U Smile
  • Katy Perry – Unconditionally
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  • Florence + the Machine – Stand By Me
  • John Legend – P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care)
  • Peabo Bryson – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
  • Savage Garden – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
  • Monica – Angel of Mine
  • Aresomith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
  • Miley Cyrus – Adore You

What are some of your favorite love songs of all time? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add some to my love jams playlist! 

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Mrs. K’s Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Review

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased activated charcoal toothpaste from Mrs. K’s SkinCare, because my teeth don’t like my favorite things, like coffee and wine, as much as I do. Opinions are my own, and there are no affiliate links in this post!

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What is activated charcoal?

Honestly, I don’t know how to explain it, therefore, I went to New World Encyclopedia. Also known as activated carbon, activated charcoal, is a “form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption and chemical reactions. It is usually derived from charcoal.” (New World Encyclopedia)

The first time I heard of charcoal being used for anything other than a grill, was last year. My sister bought me my first pair of blending sponges (LOL), and one of the sponges was bamboo charcoal infused. Then there was all the hype/drama over charcoal masks. So when I saw Mrs. K’s activated charcoal toothpaste on Instagram—I figured it was my turn to give it a try.

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Photo: Mrs. K’s SkinCare

The Good

Made with natural ingredients.

Mrs. K’s toothpaste ingredients include: activated charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, bentonite clay, virgin coconut oil, essential oil, ginger and sea salt. I’m trying to use more natural products. Her natural deodorant is next on my shopping list.

Leaves my mouth feeling refreshed.

Since the activated charcoal removes toxins from the mouth, my mouth feels insanely clean after brushing. Cleaner than it did with “regular” toothpaste.

Teeth whitening remedy.

Last year I tried one of those laser teeth whitening things, and hated it too much to notice any results. I’ve only been using this toothpaste for about 2 weeks, so I won’t share any pictures just yet. But my teeth are whiter and brighter y’all, and it ain’t just from the iPhone 7 camera.

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Can be used for multiple purposes.

Other than working to get you a healthy mouth, activated charcoal can also be used for food poisoning or digestive problems. I may or may not have tested this theory on a hangover.

Cost effective.

A little bit of this toothpaste goes a long way. I bought the 4oz jar or $10. It’s more expensive than (some) what drugstores carry, but I won’t have to buy any toothpaste for a few months.

Bonus: My order came with a sample of Mrs. K’s lemongrass and sage bar soap. Y’all know I love some sage. The handmade bar, called Maya, makes me want to bite it whenever I use it. LOOK AT IT!
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The Bad

The taste.

The saltiness and gritty texture is different from what I’m used to. It was weird at first, but doesn’t bother me now. Honestly, what did I expect from charcoal?

The Ugly

The mess.

I’ve been brushing my teeth for 29 years, and I still drool all over myself and sink. The activated charcoal toothpaste hasn’t left any major stains, yet, but use something for a cover-up to be safe. I would show ya’ll what the toothpaste looks like on my teeth, but I’m so embarrassed. My selfie skills are bad enough. Imagine what they looked like with black paste in my mouth.

Have you tried activated charcoal toothpaste, or anything with activated charcoal? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments! Visit Mrs. K’s SkinCare if you’d like to try her handmade, natural products!

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Friday Faves: Melanated Edition

Friday Faves: Melanated Edition - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comFebruary is Black History Month. Beyoncé kicked off the month with her pregnancy announcement and dropping a pregnancy photo album. Hey twins!! (If anyone wants to start some sort of pool for baby names- I’m in!). I really do encourage you to use this month to learn about and celebrate all of the contributions black Americans have made to this country. Black history is American history. However, I’m not going to walk you though highlights of black history. Although, I’d love it if you shared your favorites with me in the comments below.

I thought I would have a little fun with our Friday Faves with a Melanated Edition featuring some amazing black-owned businesses. 

Friday Faves: Melanated Edition

Fave Natural Beauty Product – Olive + Aloe

Friday Faves: Melanated Edition - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comA friend had some of this moisturizer on her dresser and I used it in instantly became obsessed. I actually tried to take the little two ounce bottle home. Olive + Aloe is a head-to-toe, all natural handcrafted moisturizer. Go get you some!!

 

Friday Faves: Melanated Edition - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comFave Beauty Subscription Box –  We Are Onyx

I love a good subscription box. I was gifted a Birchbox subscription and while I liked most of the products there were always a few that I couldn’t use because it was not meant for women of color. So I ended up giving a lot of items away (You’re welcome, Kim!). We Are Onyx features products curated for black women. So if you’re thinking of gifting a beauty subscription box to a melanated friend consider this company.

 

Fave Game Night Must Have – Cards For All People

Cards For All People makes fun, nostalgia-filled card games that test knowledge of cultural milestones and moments. Our games aim to bring people of all types together through laughter and friendly debate.  So think a cultural Cards Against Humanity. Their line-up includes Black Card Revoked (with multiple expansion packs), Nerd Card Revoked, Gay Card Revoked, Girls Night Out, and Asian Card Revoked (shipping this spring).


Fave Natural Products and Accessories – Toni Daley 

Toni Daley is one of my all time faves! I watch her vlogs on YouTube and she is serious manespiration.  Toni Daley has a collection of awesome earrings, hair wraps, and out of control natural wigs (for you ladies looking for protective styles). I’m rocking on of my many pairs of Toni Daley earrings in the picture below.

 

Until next time dolls and gents!

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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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