2011 pumpkins!

As promised, here are this year’s Magazine Monday pumpkins.  Inspired by the pumpkins in so many of my October issues, Michael & I grabbed the knives and had some fun with these pumpkins.  To change it up a little, this year I went the traditional route and carved my own, instead of painting.  With Michael’s help, I think we came up with some pretty great jack-o-lanterns!

Michael & I are crazy about our Wayfarers, so I particularly love his ‘too cool’ sunglasses-wearing pumpkin.  But let’s be honest, the real show stealer is the Orvis pumpkin.  Too bad he liked the taste of it more than the look of it . . .

Martha Stewart Pumpkins

Wayfarer Pumpkin

Labrador Pumpkin

Pumpkins

Labrador Pumpkins

If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by our house tonight.  We have tons of candy!  Happy Halloween!

To see last year’s pumpkins, click HERE!

magazine monday: the water.

Last week as I was flipping through my copy of Yoga Journal during a lunch break I came across the article, Blue Horizons, a featured part of the special “Blue Issue,” dedicated entirely to water.  I was inspired.  Before I even finished the piece and found the accompanying 29 ways to get involved article, I was inspired.  What put things into perspective for me was this quote from Vancouver-based yoga teacher, Eoin Finn: “The ocean is so healing.  Whenever you go to the beach, no matter what problems you have, your sense of awe, joy, and wonder is restored.  It gives you the energy to want to heal the water.”

Living just a couple of blocks from the beach, Michael & I have grown fond of taking Orvis there nearly every single day.  We have the privilege of gazing out across the ocean when we go on neighborhood runs, and we live within walking distance of three of Maine’s lighthouses.  We are inspired by water each and every day of our lives.  Taking steps to try and actively protect this resource just makes sense.

Just this morning, after a quick visit to the beach with Michael, I have signed up for our neighborhood beach clean-up in a few weeks and “planted” ten endangered sea turtles in El Savador by donating $25.  I’m committing to finally buying the reusable produce bags I see at Whole Foods each week to accompany my grocery tote bags, and I’ve moved FLOW: For Love of Water up to the first position in our Netflix queue.

Obviously my efforts will not stop here, but I really am looking forward to trying my hardest to make any sort of a difference. Unfortunately Yoga Journal has not updated their site with either of these articles, but I promise to link them when they do.  The suggestions range anywhere from purchasing a pair of Levi’s new Water-Less jeans, donating to organizations like Water Aid, Water.org, and The Water Project, and home improvement updates like aerating showerheads and dual-flush toilets (check!).

In honor of today’s Magazine Monday, I thought a few film photos of Kettle Cove, one of my favorite places in Maine, would be quite fitting for the topic.

Kettle Cove

Kettle Cove on Film

Happy Magazine Monday!

magazine monday: pumpkins!

Even though it’s officially November and all things Halloween are over, I had to share a few photos of the pumpkins on our front steps.  We finished carving (& spray painting!) our pumpkins this weekend, and we’re convinced that in addition to making a perfect Magazine Monday feature, our pumpkins would fit quite well alongside the pumpkins pictured in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living!

We’ve had this display of pumpkins out on our steps for a few weeks now.

Preble Pumpkins

But after we finished carving this weekend, it looks like this!  Michael is the genius behind the Jack-o’-lanterns!  He received so many compliments on his pumpkins last night from trick-or-treaters and their parents!

Martha Stewart Pumpkins

My favorite part of our fall decor this year is our window boxes!  I love the way they look in front of our 18th century cape!

Pumpkin Window Boxes

Happy Magazine Monday!