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Sanibel for Easter

I had an amazing Easter weekend back home in SWFL. We went to the beach everyday and just reconnected as a family. On Easter Sunday, my mom and I made the trek to Captiva and watched the sunset on the sand with a glass of wine. It was the perfect vacation.

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Having fun in the Blue Grass State

Another one of my (many) road trips in March was to Lexington, Kentucky for a concert from country singer Deana CarterIMG_6486

One of my work tasks this year was to help manage a contest with the singer and the sorority. Chapters raised money for our international philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the chapter that raised the most funds per sister won a private concert with Deana.

Beta Psi Chapter at the University of Kentucky are perennial philanthropy power houses and raised a whopping $340 per sister to take home the prize. My co-worker Anna Kate and I traveled to the Bluegrass State to assist with the concert and congratulate the chapter in person.

After the concert, we took a quick walking tour of the University of Kentucky’s campus before getting dinner with some sisters.

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I had to get a picture of some UK Basketball players! 

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We decided this was our HS senior picture post.

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Thank you Beta Psi for a great visit! I’ll have to come back to Kentucky and explore Lexington further and thank you Deana for a great concert, as always!

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24 hours in Winter Park, FL

I was scrolling though my instas to find my pics from this trip and I can’t believe I visited Rollins College a month ago! I was only there for a night but I fell in love with the college and the little town. I could have definitely seen myself attending Rollins and living in Winter Park.

city-of-winter-parkEven though the city was established before the Art Nouveau era, I can definitely see that style throughout park and architecture. Just check out  their seal. Art Nouveau is one of my favorite art time periods so I was smitten the minute I got out of the car.

I was in Winter Park to photograph our colony (now the Theta Psi Chapter) at Rollins College. I was already in Orlando that weekend so just worked out.

But before I went to campus, I grabbed a latte from Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. A Food and Wine magazine was left in the copy room at work and the issue had a feature on Orlando and Winter Park. The article had was Rifle Paper Co. Founder’s favorite spots. I love their stationery so I knew this would be a cool place.

Vanilla Latte at Barnies Coffee Kitchen in Winter Park

Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen did not disappoint. My vanilla latte was strong and perfectly flavored. It even came with some cool latte art. I sat outside at a tiny, marble table and felt fancy for the rest of the morning.

Photo Shoot  Rollins campus

After the perfect amount of caffeine, and an amazing dining hall salad (wut), Nicole, the Leadership Consultant and I went to meet the chapter women and capture their picturesque campus in our photo shoot. I had a lot of fun getting to know everyone during the shoot and I went to their first Greek Week event! It was tug-o-war and I had flashbacks to some intense UM Greek Week competitions.

After watching everyone battle it out, Nicole and I got some great fajitas (and a tasty marg) from Cocina 214 before chilling and watching The Voice. My Winter Park trip was short-lived and I had a BurgerFi goodbye the next day.

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I already want to go back to Winter Park. I think it’s the perfect day trip to take a break from the touristy spots in Orlando. The little Downtown area had lots of unique restaurants, cute shops and great outdoor areas. I really recommend checking it out!

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Photo Diary: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Happy#TravelTuesday! I feel time is truly flying by. I can’t believe it’s already Spring! These past few weeks have been busy for me to say the least. I went to Disney; Winter Park, FL; Lexington, KY; and I just drove back from visiting my fam  back home in SWFL for Easter.

Let’s start with the earliest trip first. I went to Disney to visit my Little Diamond Sister (my sorority’s version of Big/Little) for a little reunion. I’ve seen her only briefly since I graduated so it was a lot of fun to catch up and hang out together all weekend. We went to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot. We also went to see Cinderella with some other ADPi sisters. It was a jam-packed weekend and so much fun!

I was testing out a new camera for work, so I took a TON of pictures. Even more than the ton I usually take. 😉  I have a few ideas for different Disney posts but I wanted to post a photo diary of Epcot first. We were at Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival and everything was beautiful. The colors were spectacular and I loved seeing all the characters come to life as topiary. The butterfly garden was bursting with blooms and butterflies of every color. Can you believe the butterfly pictures are from a $150 point and shoot? It’s crazy!

The festival will be blooming until May 17th so definitely try to visit if you can! I loved visiting during this time of year and I want to go back with my mom and sister. We all love gardening but they seemed to have the green thumbs. I, on the other hand, kill  everything I touch. RIP Orchid

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I had to include the picture of Belle herself too. :P

I had to include the picture of Belle herself too!

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March Instagram Recap

It may be a rainy day today, but spring has been blooming all over my Instagram account. It’s just been so pretty lately. I’m glad the cold finally started to dissipate so we can enjoy the spring blooms here in Atlanta. Splashes of white, pink, and purples have been lining the Atlanta streets and dotting the landscape of Piedmont Park.

So, safe to say, most of the pictures in this post are flowers or things I saw when I was outside. Hopefully spring has been treating you as well as it’s been treating me!

If you want to see more of my Instagram adventures follow me at @njoben.

Piedmont Park Flowers | www.flonmymind.com  Beltline Street Art | www.flonmymind.com

Left: At the beginning of March, spring was just starting to bloom in Midtown. I took this pic on one of my walks around the neighborhood.
Right: I walked the Beltline and found this fun street art. Cheeseburger and fries? Yes, please!

Caribou Coffee | www.flonmymind.com OOTN | www.flonmymind.com

Left: After a particularly hard barre class, I bought some Caribou Coffee and lounged on a bench in Piedmont Park. Sometimes living in Midtown has its perks.
Right: I went to Two Urban Licks with a friend and thought I looked cute so I posted this #OOTN. Would you want to see outfit posts from me? I’m flirting with the idea of doing some OOTD posts on my blog.

Pink House Press | www.flonmymind.com  Ritas | www.flonmymind.com

Left: I won a giveaway from Probably Polka Dots for these cute Pink House Press items and I’m obsessed with them. I’m not sure where to hang the print yet but I know that koozie will get a lot of use this summer.
Right: When it’s the first day of spring, one must get some free Rita’s Italian Ice. I got the oreo kind and added some custard. It was delicious!

Piedmont Park Blooms | www.flonmymind.com  Yoforia| www.flonmymind.com

Left: You guessed it, more blooms from Piedmont Park. This time I went to walk around with one of my friends. The Dogwood Festival is at the park next weekend. I think I’m going to walk around and see what kind of free samples I can get (no shame).
Right: After the walk around the park, I broke Lent and got some froyo. Yoforia is all organic so it tricks you into you thinking it’s good for you. Organic cheesecake is still cheesecake. Nevertheless, this was delicious.

What have you been doing to ring in spring? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sister Fun

Venti iced coffees, trips to the Lilly store, walking around the neighborhood and greasy burgers describe this last week perfectly. My sister took a break from grad school and spent the week with me here in Atlanta.

We always have fun together and this week was no exception. We walked around my neighborhood, shopped for some spring fashions in Buckhead and explored different restaurants around the city.

Here’s a little Instagram recap to see what we were up to. 

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Left: My sister was here for the week but I only got Thursday and Friday off. After work one day, we walked around Midtown. The tulips are blooming all over the city and I had to take a picture of these hot pink ones. Spring is finally in the air here in Atlanta.

Right: Can you spot my apartment? JK! On Thursday we hiked Stone Mountain and here’s a picture of the Atlanta skyline from the top. It took us a little under an hour to get to the top and back (we took lots of breaks). After this, we were craving a venti iced coffee. I think we got iced coffee almost every day she was here.

Taqueria Del Sol | www.flonmymind.com  Jenis Ice Cream | www.flonmymind.com

Left: After Stone Mountain, we met up with one of my friends at Taqueria Del Sol on the westside. I’ve been to the one in Decatur but I’ve never been to this location before. I think I might have to switch it up and go to this one more often. It’s in the Westside Provisions District which is full of fun, trendy shops and restaurants. It’s definitely the place to be in Midtown.

Right: After tacos, we had to have some Jeni’s Ice Cream. My best friend from Nashville raves about this Colombus chain and I was excited to finally get to try it. I got banana french toast and goat cheese with red cheries. Both were amazing!!

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Left: On Friday we ended up doing some shopping and playing tourist. Alice’s friend Taylor came up to Atlanta and we met her at The Varsity. Can you believe this was my first time? It was good but slightly pricey for greasy fast food. I’m glad I finally got to try the Atlanta landmark.

Right: We spent our Friday at Sweet Water Brewery. Sweet Water is the perfect place to visit in Atlanta for happy hour. It’s only $10 and comes with a souvenir Sweet Water pint glass and 6 tasting tickets! We got special edition Sweet Water 420 Fest glasses during this visit.

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Left: On the drizzly Saturday, we decided to walk to Virginia Highlands to check out the boutiques. I took this pic on our walk. The trees are blooming everywhere here. I only live about a mile from the main VaHi thoroughfare so it was didn’t take us too long to get over there.

Right: Our first stop was Yeah! Burger which was delicious. I got a turkey burger with goat cheese, arugula, onions, tomatoes, and bacon jam. It was a great combo. I also got a  50/50 side of sweet potato fries and onion rings. I’m going to be adding Yeah! Burger to one of my favorite places to go in Atlanta. It’s just too good!

Hanging out with my sister was great. I can’t wait to go back home for Easter and spend more time with her and hang out with my mom. We already have our beach days planned. Can April 17th come sooner?! I miss the Florida sun!

 

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February Instagram Recap

Happy Fat Tuesday! The FUN Committee planned a little Mardi Gras treat break for our coworkers and it turned out super cute. Plus it was so easy! We made mini King Cakes using a Pillsbury recipe and decorated the table using stuff we found in the FUN Committee cabinet.

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It’s super cold today in the A andI can’t wait for Spring. It was 71 this past Sunday and I just wanted to lounge outside all day long. I think my February Instagram posts all turned out to look like Valentine’s Day, so much red and pink! Anyway, here are just some of my favorite Instagram posts from the past month!

If you want to see more of my Instagram adventures follow me at @njoben.

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Left: I love printing out a new calendar every month from http://www.printablemonogram.com. They’re a perfect fit for my planner.
Right: Nothing like a cup of starbucks to get through a troublesome Wednesday.

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Left: My work friends and I went to Menchies for Free Fro Yo day on the 6th. This whole thing was only 50 cents!
Right: I got a new phone (hello 5S) and I got these cute Kate Spade cases from Nordstrom Rack. I got both for around $30. I love a good deal!

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Left: The #ATLSnow got in the way of the FUN Committee’s Valentine’s Day treat bag so we ended up doing it the Monday after Valentine’s Day. I thought these treat bags from Target were super cute!
Right: It’s finally Girl Scout cookie season! Surprisingly, these have not been eaten and I have a lot left in my freezer.

Strawberries | www.flonmymind.com     Coastal Living | www.flonmymind.com

Left: Strawberries are finally in season! I sneaked a pic of these beauties at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago.
Right: Nothing like Coastal Living and a fresh mani to cure the winter blues.

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