BACKYARD PUMPKIN CARVING DATE

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There are just a few days in the calendar where the day dictates the activity, and the Saturday before Halloween is one of these for me. It is pumpkin carving day!  There’s nothing I love more than waking up to a beautiful fall day and planning something fun to do outside. Sadly, the majority of our trees have already lost their leaves, but that day the color scheme of the backyard was absolutely gorgeous.

This is the third year since Dan and I started the tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween, and I love the fact that we’ve got to do that in 3 different cities (the first year we were living in Atlanta, the second in Los Angeles, and now we are in Chicago!). We also decided we were going to take the same goofy photo every time, so this way we could see how much we have changed over the years. I just compared the pictures and realized that Dan’s facial expression when trying to kill the little pumpkin gets more and more threatening each year haha. Take a look here!

We spent a couple of hours working in our designs, taking a million pictures for the blog (of course!), and playing around in the backyard with our pumpkins. It was such a fun date, I’d do it all over again. Fall has been so good to us here in the midwest. Lots of fun, friends and festivities!

 

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Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

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Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

The guts are our favorite part… Just gotta dig your hands right in there!

 

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Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

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Yael Serena

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Have you noticed the bandage on my finger? Pumpkin carving is not a real thing until you don’t cut yourself 😉

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Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

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What activities did you do for Halloween this year? Did you post a picture of your pumpkin design? If so, let me know in the comments – I’d love to see it!! 🙂

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SPOOKY FACES IN THE SHADOWS

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What’s better than carving pumpkins for Halloween? Lighting them up, of course! There is something magical about a carved pumpkin with a candle glowing inside, I find it something very relaxing to stare at. Turn off the lights, cuddle up with a blanket and watch the effect that the candle flame has on the scary pumpkins’ faces… perfect way to celebrate a chilly fall evening. Oh, and if you have some ghost stories ready to tell, even better!

I wish you all a Happy Halloween! Give out lots of healthy candy and make some kids happy. I’ll be celebrating the holiday at the largest Halloween parade in the world! It happens to be in Los Angeles, so I couldn’t miss that opportunity! Can’t wait to see crazy and spooky costumes everywhere!

Enjoy these pictures, I introduce you to my scary side…

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WHO ELSE HAS NEVER BEEN TREAT OR TRICKING FOR HALLOWEEN?

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If you are not too big into Halloween and hate giving out candy to kids and teenagers who ring at your doorbell non-stop, then escape to Spain. Halloween is relatively a pretty new phenomenon in my country, and trick or treat hasn’t caught on yet. The customs and traditions of celebrating the festival differ from place to place, and each country and region puts its stamp on it. For example, in Catalonia (where Barcelona is) we have an unique tradition called La Castanyada.  This is a popular All Saints Day festival held on November 1st when families come together to share seasonal delicacies, including “castanyes” (chestnuts) and “panellets” (small Catalan cakes made of marzipan, almonds and various flavors).

To be honest, I don’t remember Halloween holidays being very exciting when I was a little kid; it was just a day to reunite the family and visit those who were no longer among us at the cemetery. Although this is slowly changing and we are starting to borrow some of the American traditions, we don’t celebrate the festival with that much pomp and glory. Actually, last year was the first time I carved a pumpkin. Weird, I know, but it was awesome!

Dating a person from a foreign country has its perks – you experience new traditions and you get to show him your own ones.  I had so much fun decorating our apartment in Atlanta with creepy pumpkins, so I wanted to keep up with the tradition. We still have the same clothes we wore last year so we decided to put them back on and take similar pics to see how much we have changed over time. It was surprising to see that we look pretty much the same as last year! That made me think that it might be time for a new hairstyle…

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I’ll be posting more Halloween pictures during the week, so stay tuned!

Do you have any Halloween traditions? Have you ever experienced Halloween in a foreign country? What was the difference? I’d love to know about it!

I wish you all a spooktastic week! 😉

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THE BOY BEHIND THE BLOG

I stumbled upon this fun Boys Behind the Blog link-up today, and asked Dan if he wanted to appear on this space of mine. He didn’t even hesitate for a second! This guy never ceases to amaze me. He not only deals with me taking hundreds of pictures every time we go out, but also encourages me to take one more if he sees I’m not happy with the result.  I’m so lucky to be with someone who understands and respects my passions in life. He is truly amazing!

OK time to stop talking. I’m not responsible for anything he says, though, I’ll probably edit his answers if I don’t like them. Just kidding! 😉

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words
Either “my hips do not lie” or…

1. Goofy (* really baby? People would have never guessed that based on the picture…)
2. Inquisitive
3. Leprechaunish
4. Athletic
5. Musical

2. What is your biggest fear?
Creepy kids in creepy clown movies definitely are spooky, but I’d say my biggest fear would be to be sentenced to a lifetime without Yael’s tortilla (* tortilla = Spanish omelette –> recipe coming up soon!)

3. What is your favorite candy?
VALOR dark chocolate on top of a ZERO bar on top of a sliver of the banana chocolate bread I’ve recently been introduced to…

4. What was the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? (include pictures if you have them)
Probably when I dressed as a pumpkin when I was little. From the pictures I’ve seen, I was quite the stud – definitely a candy magnet.

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5. Who is your favorite football team?
Depends on the league. In the States I’ve been a Bears fan my entire life, which as all Chicagoans know, basically means I’ve spent 23 years wondering how we manage to win games with our defense, special teams, and kicker as our 3 offensive weapon. I support FC Barcelona in La Liga (Spanish soccer league) and Liverpool in the English Premier League, and if they ever face off in a Champions League match, well, I’ll most likely be sleeping on the couch (go Reds! – sorry Yael). In the Mongolian Premier League, it’s definitely a tough choice, but I think I’d go with Erchim (go Thermal Power Plant No. 4!).

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Hope you enjoyed Dan’s debut! Want to get your boy involved too? Link-up at Mal Smiles here!

Have a good weekend!
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MISSING FALL IN CALIFORNIA

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Yesterday I mentioned that I was happy to live in a place where summer never seems to come to an end. For me there’s nothing like wearing a pair of denim shorts, a bright tank top and taking a stroll along the beach with my feet in the ocean (maybe the title of the blog gave that away?). It’s nice to go outside and feel like you’re still on vacation, but don’t take me wrong – I miss autumn so much.  I can’t help but feeling melancholy every time I see people posting fall foliage pictures and fashion layered outfits.  I have adoration for this color-rich season, and here’s what I miss the most about fall in Los Angeles:

1. Jumping into piles of golden leaves

2. Seeing autumn orange colors everywhere

3. Wrapping myself in a scarf and a warm cozy sweater

4. Wearing Uggs

5. Smelling the crisp morning air through my open windows at dawn

6. Everyone is so healthy so you feel bad eating Halloween candy

7. Carving pumpkins isn’t the same when it’s 85 degrees outside

8. Walking down the street inhaling the smell of fresh foliage

9. Curling up in front of a fireplace with a hot bowl of soup

10. Seeing kids stepping on all of the crunchy leaves that fall from the trees to the sidewalks

11. Keeping myself warm with a cup of hot chocolate

12. Taking deep breaths to cool the lungs while I’m running outside

13. Being given the chance to miss hot weather

14. Snuggling up in cold sheets

15. Sitting out in the park watching squirrels and birds harvesting the fresh fallen acorns

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Fall in California

For those of you who are used to well-delineated seasons, what are the things you like the most about autumn? For those of you who live in a one-season place, what are the things you miss the most about this time of the year? What are the things you do to make your house feel autumnal?

Have a nice fall day!

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