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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! 


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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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.

BurgerFi Winter Park

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!

Roses in Winter Park Winter Park Fountain
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Saturday in Atlanta: Orpheus Brewing and The Nook

Orpheus Brewing tours in Atlanta


This weekend was a Saturday Funday! My friends and I headed to Orpheus Brewing in Midtown (right by Piedmont Park) to try something different than our beloved Sweetwater. It was slightly chilly in the A, so the tasting room was pretty empty at first and bit cold. Once the room filled up it was a lot warmer and more fun. I even played corn hole… second time in two weeks and newsflash, I’m still completely horrible.

Orpheus had Atalanta, Lyric Ale, Transmigration of Souls (an IPA)  and one brew on tap. (I can’t find it on their website.) I tried the Lyric Ale and the Atalanta. Both were alright but nothing I would buy on my own. I liked the Atalanta a tad more, but I seemed to be the only one among my friends. They didn’t like the sour taste. The beer is a plum saison according to Orpheus’ website and won Beer of the Year last year by Atlanta Magazine.

Friends at Orpheus Brewing

 Shop My Outfit // Denim Jacket, Victoria’s Secret (similar here) / Watercolor Top , Violet and Claire, found at Marshal’s (same style in a different print here) / Necklace, Forever 21 / Leggings, LOFT / Boots, Old Navy (similar here)

After we drank our tickets worth, we went to The Nook on the other side of Piedmont Park for some food, basketball and more booze. I’ve always wanted to go to The Nook but it’s been PACKED for brunch every time I’ve tried and we end up somewhere else. Now I see why it’s so popular.

Bloody Mary from the Nook  Buffalo Chicken Totchos from The Nook

I had one, or two, delicious Bloody Mary and some Buffalo Chicken Totchos. Totchos are The Nook’s signature menu item and they have 4-5 different varieties. Think of it like nachos but with tater tots as the base. I’m starting to believe that all nachos should be this way. I think everyone loved what they ordered. I’ll definitely have to go again and get one of their (in)famous fish bowls.

Some Blog Info…

In case y’all are wondering, my domain name expired and that prompted me to peek back into my blog. I wanted to renew my domain but it was going to cost me an $80 late fee!! Cue * OMG Emoji Face *. I’m going to see if I can snag my domain back, but, for now, I’m going to be floridaonmymind.wordpress.com.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get back into blogging, Three, almost four, months later and here I am! I have some great blog posts planned for this month and I’m so happy to be writing again.

I have a lot of travel coming up. I’ll be traveling to Lexington, Kentucky tomorrow for work.  I will be visiting the University of Kentucky’s campus and I’m excited to see #BBN in person. I’ll also be going home to Southwest Florida for Easter so be on the lookout for these travel posts in the future. I took a trip to Disney to visit my little Diamond Sister a few weeks ago with a stop in Winter Park, FL. I had a blast on that trip and some blog plans for the million and one pictures I took.

If you’re new to my blog, leave a comment and say hi. I love connecting with new people!

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December Instagram Recap

I said I had a jam-packed November but December was even crazier. I was finishing up work before the break, volunteered at RMHC three times, took a trip to Nashville and celebrated my birthday in Atlanta before heading down to SWFL.

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.

Leftover Turkey Soup 12-3-2012, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com  SweetWater 12-7-2013, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com

Left: I started off the month saying bon voyage to my mom and sister who came up to Atlanta for Thanksgiving. Before my mom left, she made me a ton of her delicious leftover Turkey soup.
Right: I also started off the month with a trip to SweetWater with my friends. SweetWater Blue is definitely my favorite beer.

Volunteering at RMHC 1,, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com  Volunteering at RMHC 2, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com

Both of these posts stem from my volunteering at RMHC. I helped organize the trips for work and we went in the afternoon. We baked cupcakes one day and cookies the next. I think the families really enjoyed it!

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker | www.flonmymind.com  Yazoo Brewery, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com

Left: If you read my mini review, you know that I went to the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker this Christmas with a friend. The performance was great!
Right: I went to Nashville for one weekend in December and we went to the Yazoo brewery. It was my first time trying their beer and it was pretty good.

EO Luncheon, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com  Santas workshop at ARMHC, December Instagram Recap | www.flonmymind.com

Left: Here’s a pic of the table decor from my office’s holiday luncheon. I posted the Hot Coco DIY on my blog!
Right: This was a pic from RMHC volunteer day #3. This time I worked in the Santa’s Workshop with my almunae association helping families pick out gifts.

Bday cards | www.flonmymind.com  bday cupcake | www.flonmymind.com

Both of these pictures are from my Birthday. I have some cards on the left and a yummy red velvet cupcake from the Atlanta Cupcake Factory on the right.

Check back later this week for more Instagram pictures!

I’ve decided I’ve posted so much during the holidays that my trip back home deserved its own post.  😀

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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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