ORCHIDS + SWEET TEA is a blog that takes you on a journey through MY life story! It is compiled of past/present lessons on MY journey through parenthood, marriage, relationships, & God’s greatest gifts–all while on my journey toward ultimate happiness + purpose! Not to mention some really cool Things that I enjoy dabbling into like DIY projects, Interior Design, Cooking, Baking, Natural Hair, & a whole lot of other stuff! 🙂



Hi again Ya’ll! My name is Shanika Graham-White. It’s a pleasure to meet you! I am a Mama to a sweet 15 month old boy! And oh boy, is he the sweetest & most demanding little guy EVER! He truly melts my heart and freezes it 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- 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 11 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. Last but not least, I’m a Stay-At-Home Mama, Work-From-Home Mama (Birchbox, Inc.), who is truly diving into this thing called Life and aiming to accomplish all of her dreams one at a time-day by day. So there you have it! I’m just like you, living Life on my own terms-in the best way possible! XoX


I was born and raised in Florida (Hence my love for Sweet Tea–Southern Girl at heart much, right?), BUT now have made NYC my humble abode for the past 15 years. Below you’ll see my greatest hero in Life, My Grandpa, who has shaped my view of this world + the people in it. His love + absolute genuineness is what keeps me inspired on days that I felt like throwing in the towel. This guy raised me. And although he is no longer here on this earth, his memory still lives on. #GrandpasGirl


I’m a writer at heart. I LOVE to cook and bake. I’m a believer of living a Healthy Lifestyle (work-outs, yoga, & eating RIGHT).  I love Starbucks (That’s my glass wine on days when I need something to relax my brain, Haha!). And I also love to eat (Haha!). I just LOVE DIY projects. And yes, I am also a part of the whole “Natural Hair movement”! I have a passion for Interior Design. And of course, I do love to shop (But which woman doesn’t??).





Furthermore, my inspiration for my blog stems from my fondness of Orchids. In case you weren’t aware, Orchids represent love, strength, luxury, beauty, and grace. And sometimes in life we become so ingrained in day to day living that we forget that we were built to succeed and stand in our own individual beauties (inside + out). Therefore, I wanted this blog to be a conversation between you + I about this thing called LIFE (which we are all currently here on Earth trying to figure out + live to the best of our ability).

So to conclude ⇒⇒ In the south, they say that no conversation is worth having without some good ole’ sweet tea AND don’t forget the extra ice + sugar, honey! But for now, grab yourself a glass (or in my case, a Trenta-sized Iced Black Tea Lemonade from Starbucks) and let’s talk…..CHEERS!








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