Launched in July 2016 as a community for Mommies, the Sweetly-Obsessed, Extraordinary Foodie, Lifestyle fanatics, + Regular Folk looking for a bit of daily inspiration; this blog is a quickly growing collective of people from around the world who aren’t afraid to Love. Eat. Laugh. Pray. And Be Different.
ORCHIDS + SWEET TEA is a blog that takes you on a real journey through Motherhood, Relationships, Lifestyle favorites, Food/Sweet Treats, and Life; all with Brooklyn flavor + a whole lot of Southern Charm!
The mission is to share my journey through Motherhood, discovery of Lifestyle must-haves + love for food, while inspiring the [gems] of the world to live their best lives with the little they’ve been given, one blog post at a time!
Hi Ya’ll! My name is Shanika!
It’s a pleasure to meet you! I am a Mama to a witty little boy, and “oh boy”, is he the sweetest & most demanding little guy EVER! He truly melts my heart and freezes it ALL at the same time (Haha! The struggles of Motherhood!). Seriously, I wouldn’t trade this journey of Motherhood for the world! Yes, it is hard at times, but to watch this little human grow, develop, love, engage, & everything else in between is absolutely amazing! I’m also a wife to my High School Sweetheart! Yes, I know, I’m so lucky to have met my better half in High School, but it most certainly has been a journey! Going on 12 years together has created a plethora of ups and downs and some really amazing moments! Regardless, I am so happy to have found my best friend, who is also my partner, lover, confidant, & father of my child. As a Freelance Writer, I have written for several Blog platforms/Online Magazines, including The Breakup Queen, Rover’s Theo Magazine, UniDays, The Enigma Life + continues to expand my fresh & creative perspective throughout many other opportunities. I also pride myself as a Letter Writer for the “To Love Ourselves Letter Project”, which I voluntarily spread words of encouragement + love to women around the world! Born and raised in the South (Florida to be exact!), hence the Southern charm that I bring. Currently a resident of the Big Apple + explorer of all the amazing Gems that exist in one big melting pot. On any given day, I’m one who enjoys a daily dose of Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks (that equates to a good glass of Wine in my head!) and a wall full of Inspirational quotes to start my day. I am currently working to complete my B.F.A. degree in Creative Writing. Last but not least, like you, I strive to be successful in all areas of my life and hope that this blog can reflect my journey and my living Life on my own terms-in the best way possible!
“Life is a journey that only you can travel through. It’s full of innate giftings. It’s all about those intuitive moments. It’s a series of trials + errors, which present an opening for you to find the right fit.”Further inspiration stems from my fondness of Orchids. In history, Orchids have represented the following:
One of the major orchid genera is Paphiopedilum. The name is derived from the word “Paphos” which is the name of the temple where the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, was worshiped.
In Ancient Greece, it was believed that parents could choose the sex of their child by eating the orchid’s tubers. If the father ate thick, fleshier tubers, the child would turn out to be a male. If the mother ate smaller, thinner tubers, the child would turn out to be a female.
Aztecs commonly mixed vanilla, a type of orchid, with chocolate to create an elixir that brought on power and strength.
During the Victorian age, orchids were only found in the tropics and were extremely rare. Therefore, Victorians would collect exotic orchids as a sign of luxury and refined taste. When given as a gift, the more rare the orchid, the deeper your love and passion was for the receiver.
In China, orchids are regarded as emblems of integrity, elegance and friendship.
In addition, my love for Sweet Tea is based on my Southern roots, of course. Born + Raised down south has truly shaped my character, perspective on the valuable things in Life, interaction with people, etc. Drinking sweet tea is one of the oldest and most exceptional Southern traditions. So why not add a bit of my Southern-inspired sweetness to this blog, right?