We went to Tavernier in the Florida Keys, and rented a beautiful house on the water that accommodated 8 adults, 7 kids (6 and under), and 2 boats... Needless to say, we had the time of our lives... Besides being able to fish or lobster everyday, being able to eat it all in the most delicious ways possible was such a treat!
It's my pleasure to introduce John Bonk, his awesome wife, Nicki, and daughters, Josephine and Evelyn. John is the executive chef for Prime Catch AND Banana Boat, two famous and busy Restaurants in Boynton Beach, FL. John enjoys all things Florida, and has caught and cooked his share of Florida fish, fowl or gator. He is a great friend, father, and a ridiculously talented chef! I tried to be useful in the video, but he definitely has it under control himself or with Josephine's help! Thanks so much for letting me share your delicious work with the all my friends on the blog, John. Hope you all enjoy it! Comment with ideas for another video, and maybe I can convince him to do it again some time?!?!
Plastic-free tips by Level- Beginner, advanced and all-out conservationist! Interview with Morgan Knowles
As we close out Plastic-free July, I wanted to do a little send off with some great tips to help remind us that we aren't finished yet. This is a journey we need to be on for awhile, and we need to bring as many friends with us as we can! Morgan Knowles has been working hard on creating her own zero-waste lifestyle for a lot longer than the last 2 months, and I thought she could share some great tips and reminders for whatever level you're at right now!
It is such a pleasure to introduce this beautiful soul, Morgan Knowles or @Mo_seas_. We met through some mutual friends and have been itching to collaborate ever since. I am so inspired by her passion and commitment to the ocean, and I know that you all will be too! This is my interview with her below, but you will find a link at the end to check out her GORGEOUS, BRAND-SPANKING-NEW website for your enjoyment, with in-depth tips on ways to go plastic-free, and a short interview she did with me!
So Morgan, tell us more about yourself...
Morgan: Originally, I fell in love with coral reef ecology in college studying my B.S. in marine sciences and continued to graduate school to follow my dreams of being a scientific mermaid. Unfortunately, after leaving hat pristine reef, I was disgusted by how polluted our reefs were becoming. It was like someone just dumped all their crap and fishing gear on the reef (I even found myself freeing a nurse shark from a hook embedded in its mouth with a 10ft wire leader. Don't EVER do that…I wasn’t being smart). It struck a hard nerve in me and I decided to dedicate the rest of my graduate research into investigating marine debris on the Florida reef tract and our local beaches.
Since then I have been BUSY! I volunteer my time working with local and state municipalities on single-use plastic and marine minded legislation. I am a part-time environmental educator with a local non-profit Youth Environmental Alliance educating the youth on all things environmental. I also get my marine education on with eco-tour snorkeling, SUPing and kayaking, and some other marine side jobs. Because my schedule is so open and i have room for more, ::she says sarcastically:: I try to squeeze in some music time, hanging with my puppy niece and exploring the great outdoors.
This post was inspired by my over-all goal of trying to live more waste-free, especially during Plastic-free June and July. Check out this list of all the areas I’m working on in a previous post, if you are interested, and join me on Plastic-free Thursdays in my Instagram stories.
Some people don’t consider clothing as part of being waste-free, or think that if they did try to limit their consumption in this area they would have to look lame, or wear the same thing everyday and deny fashion completely… However, my friends and family can attest to the fact that after making this one change in my life, I have never looked more stylish!
But Aren’t all Artists Naturally Stylish?
I can personally answer that as a No. I am a professional artist and up until a couple months ago, I did not consider myself stylish at all. I dabbled, but no one would really describe me as always looking put together or fashionable. I didn’t have a lot of passion for shopping, though, and if I did like something I had trouble finding multiple ways to wear it once I brought it home. I still somehow accumulated plety of clothes since I was 15, and just held on to whatever worked... forever. It was really time to purge some of my crazy art teacher, maternity, milk-stained, and no-effort outfits to decide how I wanted to represent myself as a professional artist and ocean-enthusiast. Just like with most things I do, I went a little extreme. Within 4 weeks, I had completely revamped my entire wardrobe. I donated, or cut up (for rags) 75% of my clothes, bought some new quality items, and ended up with 33 items of clothing accessories and jewelry! Best part was I could actually style my own outfit in minutes every morning. I did it through googling (as per usual), and with the help of my good friend, and fashion blogger, Blaire Rogers.
I’ll give you a little background on what brought me to this point, and then with Blaire’s help, I’ll explain the meaning and process of creating a capsule wardrobe.
Let me just preface with the fact that I am by no means a fashion blogger. I am an artist, and this blog's sole reason for existence is to share my thoughts for inspiration and some behind the scenes of life in general...
You may have already seen the catalog, or some of these photos on social media, but I wanted to just brag on the brand a little in this blog, because I had such a fantastic time working with Vineyard Vines in all aspects. They really made a lifelong customer out of me. (This post is not paid for, or an Ad in anyway... though maybe I should have tried that angle... ha ha, oh well).
Carly Mejeur is a floridian artist, inspired by her ocean hobbies and travels. This Blog is for news, events, and just for fun. Click here for the artist's Bio.