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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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Things to do in… Miami, FL

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I said in yesterday’s post I was going to write a Miami recap and you didn’t have to wait long cause here it is! I’m using my “Things to do in…” travel series to talk about the fun I had at Homecoming. P.s. please excuse any typos in this, I’m watching the Miami/Duke game right now and it’s hard to type, heckle, bite my nails and curse all at the same time.

Where to Explore…

Miami such a great city to explore just because there is so much to do. You can hit the beach, go shopping, dance the night away or catch a game. Tanning is one of my favorite things to do and Miami has two beaches to tan the day away. You can go to Key Biscayne and visit Bill Baggs State Park where everything is rustic. Or you can people watch and head to South Beach.

South beach

 

My friend and I went to South Beach one day during my trip just because it was more convenient for us but we both said we liked Key Biscayne better. South Beach is mainly hype and full of little tourist traps and people who wear wedges to the beach. In my opinion, the beach is where you get hobo and just tan in the sun not wear tall wedges and bring your Louis. But if it’s your first time going to Miami, South Beach is an experience you can’t miss. The people watching alone will make the day worth it.

University of Miami

We also paid a visit back to the University of Miami campus. I had the best experience during my four years at The U and it was really fun going back. It’s only been two years but they have changed so much! My friends and I got a drink at the new Rat and explored the new Student Activities Center.

We also went to the game and it was at Sun Life Stadium where the Miami Dolphins also play. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the stadium just because it’s like any other NFL stadium. I’ll tell you this, UM fans sure know how to tailgate. 😉

Where to Eat…

Check out the view at Monty's!

Check out the view at Monty’s!

We kicked off the weekend by going to Monty’s Raw Bar happy hour on Friday. We would go to Monty’s practically every week during senior year and it’s just great. I normally order a Pina Colada and they are perfect. They pour heavy on the rum too. The best part about Monty’s is that it’s situated on the water by a marina. The Tiki Bar is all outside and you get to sip boat drinks near all the boats. They also have a raw bar with very inexpensive shrimp, crab, oysters and the like. Most nights, they also have a reggae band. It is one of the highlights of my college weekends.

Monty's Pina Colada Monty's Raw bar

I didn’t go to Yardbird Southern Table and Bar this trip, but it’s one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. Located in South Beach, Yardbird is full of great southern favorites and bourbon/whiskey based cocktails. The meal is mainly served family style and they have great fried chicken, mac and cheese, collards and other southern favorites. It was manned by Chef Jeff Mcinnis of Top Chef fame but when I looked up the spelling of his last name I found ALL sorts of drama. I’m sure it’s still amazing and it was one of Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants in 2012.

We went to Lime for a quick bite to bring with us to the game. Lime is one of the things I miss about Miami. I think it’s better than Moes and Chiptole. We had a Lime in Atlanta for a while but it closed down which was another reason why I needed my fix! If you end up at Lime, get the queso. It’s amazing!

Where to Drink…

Coconut Grove. NUFF SAID. The Grove is a great college bar scene so, naturally, we went to the Grove when I was back. It’s a small enough so that you can easily hop from bar to bar. If college kids ain’t your thing. Brickell is a much better option. I’ve never been to a night club in South Beach (shocker, I know) but if you really want a night on the town then South Beach will be the best place for you!

Round Up Night ClubWe spent Friday night at one of my places in South Florida, Round Up, a country bar, for some line dancing and ladies’ night. Round Up is always too dark and smoky to take any good pictures but it’s lot of fun. On Friday, ladies drink free until 2 a.m. so it makes for a fun, sometimes sloppy, night. You wear your best cowboy boots, go out on the floor and try to learn how to line dance. Some of these people can really move! I don’t know how they got so good at line dancing.

All in All…

Miami is such a big city and there’s always something to do. This is just a sample of how I spent my four years at The U and it was the best way to spend Homecoming. I had the best time and I’m already trying to finagle a way to go back.

The U Statue

 

 

Have you ever been to Miami? What are your “Must Do” in your College Town? Let me know in the comments below!