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Strawberry Picking at Mercier Orchards | Simple OOTD

Strawberry Picking | Simple OOTD

My mom drove up to visit for Memorial Day. We went to a Braves game, had a great brunch in Kirkwood and worked on my apartment… but the highlight of the trip definitely was strawberry picking at Mercier Orchards.

If you remember the last time she visited, we road tripped up to Blue Ridge (about an hour and half drive) to go apple picking at Mercier. Apple picking was fun but strawberry picking was even better. The weather was gorgeous. We went on a weekday so it wasn’t crowded and we took our time sampling the two varieties of berries, picking the best ones on the vine. It’s $10 per person (with a special deal for the kiddos) and you get a gallon bucket to fill to your heart’s content. We definitely got out money’s worth. I have strawberries in every nook and cranny of my fridge and freezer!

When we were in the field, I did get a few pictures before I splattered strawberry juice all over my white t-shirt. Note to self, do NOT wear white while strawberry picking. It’s just a recipe for disaster. At least my Lilly scarf covered it up pretty well. 😛

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 Shop My Outfit // Scarf, Lilly Pulitzer (similar here and here) / White gauzy t-shirt , J.Crew (same style here) / Chinos, Old Navy / Sandals, Jack Rogers / Sunglasses, TJ Maxx (similar here)

I’ve been really wanting to make YouTube videos for some time now. I finally made my first YouTube video, a little recap of our strawberry picking, check it out down below and subscribe if you have a YouTube account. 🙂

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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! 


We decided this was our HS senior picture post.


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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November’s Instagram Recap

It’s my birthday month!!!! How the Hell did that happen? Seriously, I feel like I was tanning just a few weeks ago. Oh yeah, I was lol. But Miami plays by its own rules.

I had a jam-packed November and I can’t wait to share my favorite Instagram posts from the past month!

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

November in Miami | www.flonymymind.com  South Beach | www.flonmymind.com

Left: The weather was beautiful for my trip to Miami early in the month. Here’s the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the South Beach Sand.

Right: South Beach is know for its Art Deco architecture. Here’s a quick snap of one of the Art Deco hotels lining the shore.


Pasta | www.flonmymind.com  Pumpkin Spice Latte | www.flonmymind.com

I was very into sharing my food this month. 

Left: Here’s a simple, cheap meal that I made with penne pasta, frozen meatballs and jarred vodka sauce that I spiced up with bell peppers, diced tomatoes and herbs. This was definitely a lazy meal but it’s super tasty. I also liked how it looked with the white plate on my wooden cutting board and a meatball peeking out from under the pasta.

Right: Here’s a shot of my Pumpkin Spice Latte from West Egg Cafe. My mom, sister and I hit up the hot spot for brunch and it was fantastic! I had the classic eggs benedict and my mouth is watering as I’m typing this. It’s that good.


Sisters at Stone Mountain | www.flonmymind.com  Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens | www.flonmymind.com

Left: Here’s a picture of my sister and I at Stone Mountain. We went to Stone Mountain to look at the fall foilage and to feel country. It was cold but we had a great time and everything was so pretty. We also learned a bit about the carving and about the Civil War in Georgia. We’re all a little bit nerdy so it was fun!

Right: When my fam was visiting, we went to Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It was super cold when we went but the lights were fantastic. The Gardens puts up over 1 million Christmas lights for the display. We strolled through the different sections of the gardens with a spiked hot coco and took wayyyyyy too many pictures of everything!


Thanksgiving 1 | www.flonmymind.com  Thanksgiving 2 | www.flonmymind.com

And last but not least, my Thanksgiving on Instagram. 

Left: Here’s a picture of our Thanksgiving table decorations. If you read my post on Thanksgiving Table Style, you already knew I was going for something similar to my office luncheon.

Right: Look more food on Instagram! But it was Thanksgiving, so I had to, right? We had a great Thanksgiving feast and I have so many leftovers overfilling my freezer. I didn’t contribute to the dinner too much this year (It’s hard to cook as one person in my tiny kitchen let alone two) but I did make the mashed potatoes!

How was your November? I’d love to read (and see) your Instagram-worthy moments from the last month!


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October’s Instagram Recap

Happy November, the month of the turkey has arrived! I love Thanksgiving and I’m so excited to be planning the celebration this month. My mom and sister are driving up for the holiday and to visit Atlanta. Our Thanksgivings are normally full of great food and I’ve already started to plan the week and more importantly the menu.

I had a lot of fun in October but the month just flew by. Here’s what I’ve been posting to my Insta, lately.

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

Titans Game   Shell Necklace

Left: I started off October with a trip to Nashville and we went to the Titan’s game. It was so much fun connecting with my college friends again! I can’t wait to see some of them next weekend for Homecoming.

Right: These were my accessories one day for work. I love that Shell necklace from Lilly Pulitzer. The back of the shell includes a bottle opener, how fun is that! I also always got to rep the first and finest.

Baking sneak peek   Beyond the Sea

Left: This picture is a sneak peek of a work project that I’ve been working. I’m hoping to debut it the week before Thanksgiving.

Right: This picture is just a little drawing that I made on my iPad using the Paper app. It’s really a lot of fun and the app is free! Although the color brushes cost money.

Fall Leaves   Taste of Atlanta 2013

Left: The fall colors have finally arrived in the ATL. I loved the way these leaves looked while walking around Midtown.

Right: I had a blast at the Taste of Atlanta last weekend. My friend and ate, and sipped and sampled great food from Atlanta’s top restaurants. We also had a great time at the demos and walking around Midtown.

How was your October? Share your favorite Instagrams in the comments below!

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