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Super Easy DIY Gratitude Jar

I thought of this idea for my DIY Gratitude Jar while having a Sunday solo dance party in my room. It’s not much different from my first gratitude jar, a recycled wedding party favor, but I put a little more effort into it.

DIY Gratitude Jar -- The Palmetto Peaches

When you appreciate all the goodness in your life, more good things will happen. Using a gratitude jar on a regular basis can help invite more positivity and peace of mind.

DIY Gratitude Jar

What You’ll Need

  • Mason Jar. I’m pretty sure you have a mason jar, or some type of jar that can be used to store all this positive energy. If not, a quick trip to the Dollar Store or Target can help. I conveniently got 3 mini mason jars from a moonshine tasting, so that’s what I used.
  • Pop sickle sticks. Either buy them from the store, or eat like 30 freeze pops. I bought these rainbow themed ones years ago.
  • Sharpie. Again, you might have a few at home *cough* or work.
  • Last but not least: gratitude.

DIY Gratitude Jar -- The Palmetto Peaches

What I’m Grateful For

Clarity and growth.

Yaaaas for personal growth and hair growth! When I started using a gratitude jar in November, I was unemployed and unimpressed with everything around me. Shortly after that, things started to slowly turn around. These days, I’m happily employed and able to make sense of life’s circumstances—even the really annoying ones.

New job/work friends.

Working part-time has helped me afford all the fun things that make life fun. It also gives me a reason to get from behind my computer and interact with humans face-to-face. I haven’t been part of a close, fun work-family since college. This is the same job I randomly applied for while on a “date” I hesitated going on. The same job where I almost let my overthinking talk me out of accepting. But here we are! Which leads me to the next thing on my list…

Intuition.

For lack of better words, “I be knowing”. My third eye chakra was a little fuzzy for a bit. With a (usually) positive attitude and less social media, my intuition is on fleek.

Family.

You’ve probably read about the unfortunate retirement of my MacBook. My aunt blessed me with a computer, and it’s made the freelance and blogger life easier. ALSO, my future niece (due in April) and godson (due in August) will be here soon! More kids to add to #AuntieAce’s squad. I’m honestly grateful people trust me enough to love their kids. 🙂

My dreams are starting to scare me, in a good way.

I’m referring to my goals, purpose and passions – not nightmares. It’s almost mind-blowing how the people and opportunities I’ve connected with lately are aligning with my purpose. It’s time to stop focusing on how hard I think it might be do achieve something, and just do it.DIY Gratitude Jar -- The Palmetto Peaches

Do you have a gratitude jar? What are some things you’re grateful for this week? Comment below!

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Natural Winter Beauty Remedies

Natural Winter Beauty Remedies - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comAs much as I was am a product junkie, I’m trying to cut back on buying unnecessary items for my beauty routine. I am after all, trying attempting to stick with living a more minimalist lifestyle. To combat buying a good portion of Ulta, natural beauty remedies are one of my most frequent searches on Pinterest. I love when I find items that are multipurpose. That’s right coconut oil isn’t the only item that should be your best friend. The cold weather is awful, but it doesn’t mean your skin has to be a winter nightmare. Below are some of my favorite natural winter beauty remedies.

Natural Winter Beauty Remedies

HYDRATE

Okay, ladies (let’s get in formation) let’s start with the obvious: water. Water not only plumps the skin, but it encourages collagen production which keeps your skin youthful and helps with renewal. It also helps to flush toxins out of the body that can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation. By not drinking enough water, you’re inviting fine lines, enlarged pores and dull skin into your life. Water also increases your metabolism, keeps your muscles and brain power happy and keeps you feeling energized and fresh. So drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day.  You can add some flavor to your water with fresh lemon, cayenne pepper, mint, or cucumber!

OIL SLICK

Add some oils to your routines. Now I’m an oily girl, so when I first read about this talk about side eye, but the right ones can have a very beneficial healing effect on your skin internally and externally. Add a teeny drop of oil in the morning or opt for an evening treatment: after your cleanser, apply a thin mask of the oil of your choice. Leave it on for  5-10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

  • Oily, acne-prone skin: Use coconut oil, or grapeseed blended with essential oils like tea tree, lavender and neem.
  • Dry skin: Use jojoba, olive oil,  sunflower or rose essential oil.
  • Irritated or sensitive skin: Use essential oils such as chamomile, calendula and jojoba.

Exfoliate

Tomato Sugar Face Scrub:  All you need is 1 tomato and 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Cut tomato in half and dip it in the sugar. Next, rub your face with the tomato in a circular motion. Leave it on for ten minutes and then rinse. Tomatoes have lycopene in them which is an antioxidant that helps protects your skin from dangerous UV sun rays and it also prevents wrinkles by maintaining your skin’s elasticity. If you’re not up to a DIY  – Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub is 97% natural and and awesome product.

Coffee Face Scrub: Olive oil, organic honey and coffee grinds can be mixed together to an energizing scrub. I would use this as a body scrub because it’s a little harsh. Ground coffee is not only exfoliating, but the caffeine supposedly helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. The honey and olive oil have antioxidants and are excellent natural moisturizers.  Honey also helps fight acne. Simply, mix together:

  • 1/3 tsp extra virgin olive oil –  You can sub out shea butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp coffee grounds (go ahead and use the ones from your coffee pot this morning)

Again, you can skip the DIY route and buy 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Body Scrub.

Don’t forget about your lips, you can make an simple lip scrub at home with sugar and coconut oil or check out my one of my absolute favorites: Eco Lips Organic Lip Scrub. 

Dry Skin?

Try a honey and avocado mask. Avocado and honey help cure dry skin problems during winter. Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamins E and C, and carotenoids. They protect the skin from free radical damage and keep it hydrated and honey is super moisturizing. Mix a half of an avocado and two tablespoons of honey. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with water.

Do you have any tried and true natural beauty remedies? Please feel free to share them with me.

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10 Fun Summer DIY Projects

10 Fun Summer DIY Projects - The Palmetto Peaches - palminatl.comThis weekend a migraine and some bad storms robbed me of my motivation to complete my planned blog post (boozy Popsicle recipes). Don’t worry I’ve got some recipes pinned here for you. While drinking wasn’t high on my priority list this weekend, finding some cute seasonal crafts definitely made the list. Below are some awesome summer DIY projects that are perfect to complete when you’re not out at the pool or stuck in the office.

10 Fun Summer DIY Projects

Fruity Picnic Blankets

via Brit & Co

I need the to make the pineapple one ASAP. These picnic blankets are made out of drop cloths. I made a couch cover out of a drop cloth once and it was pretty easy to dye and work with.

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10 Summer DIY Projects (Roundup) - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Beach, Please – Graphic Beach Towels

  via Studio DIY

This looks like a fun DIY project, but be careful with the bleach. Here are few other phrases you could put on the towels: beach squad; Yes I’m a mermaid; hello, Sunshine. 

DIY FLORAL DECORATIVE LETTERS via Craft & Creativity

How cute would this be to change out the flowers by season? Also, just a warning  this website has the directions in Swedish followed by English. I’m not sending you to some malware-filled website.

DIY: Backyard Movie Night via LITTLE MISS MAMA

Go to a drive-in movie was on my summer bucket list, but now I want a backyard movie night.Tairalyn absolutely wins for the most epic move night ever.She used a queen size bed sheet, snacks and some creativity in this DIY to create an awesome  movie experience.

DIY Cacti Garden

via Love This Crazy Life

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The day I moved to Tallahassee, my Dad bought me a hot pink cactus from Lowe’s to brighten up my place. I eventually killed the cactus because I suck, but this bright and fun cacti garden reminds me of his sweet gesture and the joy it brought me. FYI, nearly all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. I had to look that up because I was going to call this a succulent garden. Science fail.

 

 

DIY SUMMER TOTE

via Gav + Ro

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Target has some totes in their One Spot or Bullseye’s Playground (is that the new name) that would be perfect for this craft. Think about how cute your beach, please towel would look in a matching tote.

 

 

 DIY Summer Wreath

via Decor by the Seashore

The best part about this craft is that with a few changes you can make this wreath a seasonal staple.

DIY SUMMER FACIAL via GORGEOUS IN GREY

I love this simple summer facial for beautiful summer skin!

Banana Pup Pops via bitzngiggles.com

For those of you with canine fur babies, this treat is easy to make and your fur baby will love you for it. Besides, you can’t offer them the boozy popsicle you’re making my list.

 

 

Summers Are For Mason Jars

No matter the season I love mason jars. They are so multipurpose. Add a little paint or some ribbon

Feel free to send me links to any fun summer DIY projects you’ve done or plan to do in the comments below.
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DIY: LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water

DIY LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

In my winter beauty faves vlog, I mentioned that I had gotten a sample of the LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water. I loved this toner, but even in my vlog I realized that this was something that I could probably make at home. So instead of spending $22.95 on this natural toner I decided to give making a DIY Lush Tea Tree Toner Water a try.

Materials

Bottle (I used an old NYX Matte Setting Spray bottle)
Filtered Water
Tea Tree Oil

OPTIONAL
Essential Oil (Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, or Rosehip)

FYI – LUSH’s official list of ingredients for this product are: Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water, Limonene, Perfume, and Methylparaben.

DIY LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water

1. Fill your bottle with water. (For my little bottle I used ~1/3 cups of water.)
2. For every 25ml add 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of the essential oil. (So that was 20 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender oil for me.)
3. Shake the toner well before each and every use.

DIY LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water - The Palmetto Peaches

Yesss that’s it. Super easy right? If you really want to get an even closer dupe you can order just ordered the other essential oils that are in Lush’s Tea Tree Toner Water –  grapefruit and juniper berry.

Toner 101

Toners shrink pores, gives your skin pH balance, moisturizes, refreshes your skin and will remove any makeup (or sunscreen) residue left on your skin after cleansing. Tea tree oil toners are great for treating spots and even acne as it has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobal properties. I choose to add lavender as my essential oil because 1) I had some on-hand  2) I needed something to balance out the very strong scent of the tear tree oil 3) it smells amazing 4) it helps you relax and your body adapt to stress  and 5)helps regenerate skin cells.

If you give this beauty DIY a try, please let me know.

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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!

Materials

3 plates (One should be smaller than the other or you could use a bowl)
Two candlesticks
E6000 Craft Glue

Pinterest 101 - The Palmetto Peaches

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.

Pinterest 101 - Tiered Stand - The Palmetto Peaches

  • 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.

Pinterest 101 - Tiered Stand - The Palmetto Peaches

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

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Spring Cleaning My Life — Green Clean

After writing my last post, I realized that this whole spring cleaning my life thing was going to be quite an undertaking. But last weekend I got started and I am so happy with my progress. As I said, a beautiful, clean living space is inspiring and it eliminates stress. So I went to work cleaning and organizing my apartment. I started my getting rid of all the piles of mail I had thrown everywhere. I bought some cute binders and file folders from Target and saved my important papers (medical bills, tax info, etc.). Hello counter space. Next up: my bathroom.

True Life: I’m a product junkie. So there are usually bottles EVERYWHERE and make-up dust sprinkled here and there. Don’t judge me by what you’re about to see. Spring Cleaning My Life -- Natural cleaningI know… good lawd have mercy.

The first thing I did was get rid of some of the products I don’t use. I’ve been transitioning to my natural hair for about a year and honestly those products that worked wonders for my relaxed hair needed to be removed a long time ago. Bye-bye.

Next came cleaning: along with my natural hair, I’ve decided I want to use more natural products. Green clean, if you will. If for no other reason, my cute puppy licks everything (sometimes  for hours on end). I would rather him ingest things that won’t seriously harm his tummy like the chemicals found in some of your everyday cleaners. After a bit of research, I discovered that vinegar is a great natural cleanser.  I’m not a fan of the smell of vinegar, but learned that adding essential oils can solve that problem.

Essential Oils 101

  • Lavender – My mother is obsessed with lavender and now I get it. Lavender is known for its aromatic properties and ability to calm and relax the body and mind. It can also be used to relieve skin irritation and soothes cuts and burns.
  • Lemon – Lemon can be used to clean and disinfect surfaces and packs a double punch as an incredibly uplifting and energizing scent for body and mind.
  • Tea Tree – Anything that needs disinfecting or cleaning can benefit from tea tree oil. I also love it because it’s great for my hair. It not only moisturizes the hair and scalp, but promotes hair growth. I love a good two-for-one.

There are lots of other great essential oils that you may prefer (I would suggest looking into: orange and peppermint.) However, for my kitchen and bathroom, I choose lemon and tea tree oil. And for my general all-purpose cleaner, I went with lavender.

Spring Cleaning Printable

You can download or save this cute little printable for reference.

Organizing: Even after the purge, I realized I had a lot of stuff on my counter. I decided that if displayed differently all of my products wouldn’t look as cluttered. I got an affordable acrylic case to hold some of my makeup and made a jewelry/ odds and end stand out of a few cheap melamine plates and candlesticks from the Dollar Tree (DIY tutorial coming soon). So here are my results:

Spring Cleaning My Life (before and after) - The Palmetto Peaches
Spring Cleaning My Life (before & after)-- The Palmetto Peaches
Spring Cleaning My Life - DIY - The Palmetto Peaches
Vast improvement, right? I’m taking this easy to make solution from room to room and loving the results (and the purge). I’m tackling the kitchen and my closets next. Wish me luck! Below you can find the oils and some of the other products I mentioned to start your own spring cleaning.

Do you have any natural cleaning tips/tricks? I’d love to hear them. If you end up making any of the cleaning solutions let me know.  

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