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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.

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!

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Atlanta in the Fall

Last week, my mom visited for Music Midtown. We sipped Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, picked apples, picked a pumpkin and decorated my little apartment with ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. We definitely made the most out of the beginning of fall and I ticked some things off my fall bucket list.

Here’s a recap of what we were up to!

My mom got here late Tuesday night. I only had Thursday/Friday off so we hung around the apartment after work on Wednesday.

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On Thursday, the first order of business was to climb Stone Mountain. My mom has been to the park but has never climbed to the top. It only took us a little over an hour to get up and back. The park is still pretty green and so pretty. These little yellow wildflowers dotted the landscape on our trek up.

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After Stone Mountain, and a quick trip to the dentist, we took a pit stop in downtown Decatur before the grocery store. I took her to my new favorite sandwich place, Victory Sandwich Bar. I first went here with my friend Katie and I’ve been hooked on their sandwiches (and Jack and Coke slushies) ever since. We got the hummus of the day (spicy sesame… noms), an Asian salad and a couple sandwiches to split. It was delicious. If you’re ever in Decatur, you should give this place a try.

 P.S. I’m not the only one to love them. Creative Loafing Atlanta named them “Best Sandwiches” this year in the Best of List. Check it out here

After Victory, we took a little walk around the square. I’ve been dying to try Cakes & Ale (named one of Southern Living’s 100 Best Restaurants in the South) but can’t afford the price tag so we stopped in their bakery (right next door to the restaurant) to try a latte. They make their own syrups and baked goods in house! I tried their salted caramel latte with their homemade salted caramel. It was to die for! One of the best lattes I ever had. I have to go back to try more of their offerings. I might cave and get a dessert too!

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Friday and Saturday were spent at Music Midtown. Everyone was great but I especially loved Iggy Azaela, John Mayer and Zac Brown Band. As you can tell, I got pretty close to Iggy and ZBB. They put on a great show and it was a great way to end our first Music Midtown experience! Check out my Instagram for more pics and videos of Music Midtown!

Mercier Orchards 2 9.21.2014  Mercier Orchard 9.21.2014On Sunday we decided to go on a hunt for fall colors. We ended up in Blue Ridge, GA (about a little over an hour north) to go apple picking at Mercier Orchards.We each got a peck ($10) and I think we picked over 50 apples. Red, green and yellow varieties are in every nook and cranny of my kitchen. It was a lot of fun and not really that expensive for the amount of apples you get. We even got a fun tractor ride. When we went they had over a dozen varieties ready to pick. If you want to make the trip, I suggest checking their Facebook page or calling ahead. You wouldn’t want to drive all the way up there and pull up to them closed.

Blue Ride 9.21.2014After the orchard, we drove around the mountains and walked a quick hike to a mini waterfall. We ended up eating our fried pies (you can’t go to Mercier Orchards and not get at least one fried pie) next to the trickling stream. We also stopped at the river for a little rock jumping. Sunday Funday at its finest.

I had a great time visiting with my mom and I can’t wait for her to come up for Thanksgiving with my sister. Do you a fall bucket list? What are you looking forward to this season?
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