Sustainable Living

Halloween Pumpkin

Growing up my elementary school had an annual pumpkin carving contest. I always wanted to win scariest pumpkin, I tried carving scary faces, a Halloween cat, monsters etc. As it turns out the scariest thing about our Jack-o-lanterns is what happens to them after Halloween.

Let’s look at some facts:

-Every year 1.3 Billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the US end up in landfills

-Organic waste (like pumpkins) left in landfills release methane gas, which has 20 times the warming effect of other common greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

So this year I challenge you to use your pumpkin in a sustainable way!

I am no cook but anyone can bake pumpkin seeds. While you’re carving set the seeds aside and bake them at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then you’ll have a tasty and healthy snack. All October long people are crazy for pumpkin flavored everything! Use your pumpkin to make soup, bread, or pie. Couple of tips: hold off on carving until the day before or day of Halloween, and don’t let your pumpkin sit around for days and rot.

If pumpkin baked goods are not your thing you can still compost it or feed it to wild life. Growing up we always tossed our pumpkins in the far corner of the yard for the squirrels. Live in the city and don’t have a yard? Check out composting programs for city dwellers. Here is my favorite in Boston but there a tons of different programs that help you compost in your apartment or community gardens often have composts! There are so many alternatives to throwing your pumpkin in the trash. Living sustainably is about making all those small choices that add up to big change. I hope everyone has a Happy and Sustainable Halloween!

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October on the Hill

I have always loved living in Beacon Hill, every season, every holiday, people go all out! And October means Halloween! The displays are going up this weekend and they are already looking amazing. Take sometime next week and stroll through Beacon Hill to take in all the Halloween decorations. Acorn street always brings it but my personal favorite is Louisburg Square!

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HOCR x Brooks Brothers

This weekend was the Head of The Charles Regatta. It has always been one of my favorite fall traditions. Every year I always plan to go for just an hour or two and end up spending the entire day because it is such a great event. This year was especially fun! I spent the day hanging with the Brooks Brothers team. It was such a great group, we checked out the limited edition HOCR merchandise, grabbed Lobster rolls, and watched the races!

Photo Credit: Brooks Brothers

Today is the last day of Head of The Charles Regatta, it is definitely worth swinging by if you have time. Fall is in the air and so is the excitement! There is so much to do and see, big bonus there tends to be a ton of cute dogs. Thank you so much to the Brooks Brothers team for having me, it was so amazing to spend the day with you!

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Lavender Days

I love visiting all the beautiful farms all over New England. Each one has something unique to offer. Last weekend my friend Elyssa and I visited The Farm At SummitWynds for Lavender Day, about an hour from Boston it was a beautiful drive. All the leaves along Route 2 were changing and we really got to see some amazing foliage. SummitWynds was beautiful, gorgeous views of foliage, a barn straight out of a fairytale, farm animals, and a vintage Chevy truck! One woman we talked to told us she had gotten married at the farm. I love going to events at local farms, it is so important to shop local and support small family owned agriculture. Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-01IMG_4622Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-51Facetune_06-10-2018-15-51-56Facetune_06-10-2018-15-47-00

I am wearing a wool skirt from J.Crew, I love the color it is perfect for fall. Along with with one of my favorite vineyard vines button downs, and my Tory Burch boots. These are all items I have had for a few years but had never paired them together. Spending a little time to get creative with your wardrobe is a great way to avoid buying new items each season! At the end of ever boots season I take mine to a cobbler to have any scratches of scuffs buffed out and last year I had the zipper on one repaired. Now they’re good as new and still my go to fall boots!

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Boston Fall

I love fall in Boston, there is something so romantic about the season. The stoops in Beacon Hill get all decked out for the season, the leaves in the Commons are starting to change, and football season is in full swing!

This is one of my favorite fall sweaters, because lets be real for every beautiful crisp fall day there is a rainy fall day. Rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay inside read, watch scary movies, bake, or just lay on the couch and listen to the rain.

I am wearing my favorite Madewell sunglasses and my LL Bean muck shoes. Things I am looking forward to this October: Halloween, Oktoberfest, going to Maine, and eating lots of cider donuts! There are tons of micro-breweries in the Boston area that are hosting Oktoberfest events. Mike and I will go to Maine for a couple of days to relax, we still haven’t decided what we’re going to be for Halloween. Send me you favorite couple costumes!