Hey, Hey, Hey! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE WEB.—-WELCOME TO ORCHIDS + SWEET TEA!
I’m Shanika and I am a 29-year-old lover of all things creative, simple, with a heavy sprinkle of elegance + sparkle. I’m a self-taught cook + baker, aspiring author, writer, and the all around ‘creative eye’ behind Orchids + Sweet Tea. In addition, I’m a connoisseur of interior decorating (hence my passion for beautifully staged food photos!), a wife, Mama to a witty toddler, AND absolute Foodie + Sweets-Lover (although I’m currently working on reducing my sweet tooth!). Whew! I know–I just described myself as a lot right? Whelp, that’s my day-to-day! Haha.
On any given day, I’m the one who enjoys a daily dose of Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks (that equates to a good glass of Wine in my head!), BUT instead, I chose to substitute dairy for almond or coconut milk and other non-dairy alternatives.
While most of my college career was spent studying Psychology (Yes, I love learning about the science of the mind), blogging has been my biggest breakthrough yet! It has allowed me to be the most comfortable in my own skin—the ultimate creative realm and of course, I get a chance to share the things I truly care about with you on a regular basis!
Because of my Southern roots + Jamaican background, you’ll find a lot of my old childhood favorites (most of which I’ve sensed were made with love in the kitchen!) along with many NEW FAVES that showcase bold flavor and intricate combinations (often stumbled upon by trial, error, + a whole lot of grace!).
More importantly, besides priding myself in being a wife + Mother, I am even more proud to have found my place in Christianity since the age of 13.
Throughout most of my journey to ‘My Happy Place’, I’ve had the privilege of being loved by my two favorite guys. While your journey to happiness is in fact an individual effort, it is so important to have a great support system, especially on days when you feel like giving up or turning away from life’s most challenging moments. Sometimes, it may not be an entire army or community, however, every little bit counts. I can attest to that!
Like many of you, I’ve been a survivor of some unpleasant things in my life, but my foundation in God, my support system, and my own will to fight has brought me to a place that has transformed who I’ve become in so many amazing ways. My own personal journey has inspired me to create the other element of Orchids + Sweet Tea—-Lifestyle which includes my other loves—Wellness, Home, and everything in between.
To touch a bit on Wellness—-for me it’s all about Mind, Body, + Spiritual wholeness. I’ve learned that oftentimes you have to lose to win! Whether that loss comes from eliminating certain things from your diet for optimal health or killing certain relationships to ensure that the positive aspects of yourself are secure and protected, or even setting aside time to cultivate your spiritual being through self-care or spiritual practices; whatever it looks like for you, rest assured that your losses will only bring forth new + fruitful gains if you choose to let them.
Check out a few of our Most-Loved Wellness posts:
- 8 Secrets to Being Your Best You
- 5 Surprising All-Natural Ingredients to Great Skin + Recipes
- Is Not Letting Go Affecting Your Growth?
- How to Best Transition into a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet
- 3 Detoxes That You Should Be Doing More Often
HOW ORCHIDS + SWEET TEA GOT STARTED?
This blog originally began in 2015 as a Lifestyle blog, but later officially relaunched into a full-fledged Food blog in July 2017 as a way to build a community for those who desired to use the ‘little’ that they had to make something great + magical—great food! Shortly after, however, Orchids + Sweet Tea began to gain traction for the Vegan desserts that were created! But it doesn’t stop there! Yet another transition happened and instead, using healthier ingredients on a whole (most of which are still Vegan!) inspired by childhood faves (and NEW faves!) became the main mission for Orchids + Sweet Tea. Today, Orchids + Sweet Tea is a place within the cyber community that holds true to helping others discover their love journey through Healthier Food, a better Lifestyle, and overall Wellness; with a little Brooklyn Flavor + a touch of Jamaican flare, + a whole lot of Southern charm!
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“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicate masterpieces–just GOOD food from fresh ingredients.” -Julia Child
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