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!

lifestyle

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!

style

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!

lifestyle, style, travel

Salem Trip 

The Salem witch trials are a staple in most New England history classrooms. At some point in high school English you probably had to read The Crucible. Going to Salem is fun anytime of the year, but you should definitely try to going during October! It is a month long Halloween celebration. I love to pop in and out of the Witch shops, stroll through the adorable streets, pop in and out of all the cafes.

My friends and I started at the Hawthorne Hotel and had lunch. They have a bunch of fun festive cocktails and you have to try the truffle fries! I had the seafood chowder and a Carmel Apple Martini they were both delicious the martini was super sweet so be ready! It is a beautiful hotel that’s worth a stop even if you’re not grabbing lunch.  You also have to check out the Bewitched statue! Salem is fun but you have to get in the spirit. You can go to the the Witch History Museum, the Witch Dungeon, or the Salem Witch Museum. I don’t think you need to do all three in one visit but definitely check out one! 

Outfit details: Blazer-J.Crew (old) heres a similar one on J.Crew Factory, Pants- Vineyard Vines(old),  Bag- L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Shoes- Nordstrom

📸: Marsha at Meant to Be Will Be