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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Moving My Legs, Moving Our Business!

Hellooooo from the other siiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!  We MOVED last week!  Not our house, but our business.  I’m not sure which one is worse.  All of that info coming down below, but first the other moving I’ve been doing – the workouts!

In the week leading up to our business move, I was determined to stay as active as possible, knowing that the following week my workouts would be pretty disrupted.  I am so happy to report that it is running season once again!  There is more daylight, it’s a bit warmer, and most importantly – my running buddy is slowly making her way back from her injury.  Cheers to having someone else to keep me accountable and to miles flying by as we chat about work, kids, and the Bachelor. 


Lacey and I have been running one to two times a week for the past few weeks, and I still can’t believe how good it feels to be running outside again.  I am so SO grateful to Orangetheory for keeping my legs moving all winter long on the treadmill, and I can definitely tell that all those intervals and inclines have paid off.  Running has felt alarmingly easy this go-round, and I hope it stays that way!


I’m currently trying out the new Launch 4’s from Brooks for my shorter outdoor runs, and so far I am really loving them!  It’s the first time I’ve ever worn black running shoes, and they make me feel hardcore.  Love how light and springy they are!

Speaking of Brooks, I also had the chance to go to their spring preview night earlier this month for a night of food, fitness, and fashion!  We started out night with a run to Gasworks Park, followed by a bootcamp workout in front of the gorgeous Seattle skyline.  After we ran back to the Trailhead shop, we were treated to a fashion show of all the new spring footwear and apparel – it was SO much fun.  The spring stuff is adorable, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair of those gold heather Pure Flows when they come out next month!


Outside of my regular routine, I also hit up the new Soulcycle studio that just opened here in Bellevue!  I convinced two friends to go with me, and we were put on bikes right in the front row – yikes.  I’ve said it before –  spinning is just NOT for me.  With that said, if I was ever going to get into spinning, it would be Soulcycle.  The instructors are amazing (how do their legs move to quickly?) and the music and energy are just infectious.  I could definitely see myself going back. 


I rocked the new Brooks Ghost Crops (part of the spring line!) and they were the perfect lightweight pant – wicked the sweat and dried really quickly, and were super stretchy and thin for all that cycling. 

And back at the ranch, they were so comfy I kept them on while I tackled a mountain of labeling bottles.  I don’t talk about the daily logistics of our kombucha business here very much, but we’ve been juggling and shuffling things around as we have been quickly outgrowing the space we have been in for the last two years.  Storage has been a major issue. 

And so would you believe that for the last year that we’ve been officially selling our product, I have labeled every single bottle standing at our dining room table? 

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Thousands and thousands of bottles.  I kind of want to cry just thinking about it.  Huge mountains of boxes of bottles dumped into our dining room, and hours of standing there and labeling night after night while I watched TV or listened to podcasts.  I’d actually done it so many times it was hard to imagine not doing it anymore. A labor of love, indeed. 

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I labeled the very last bottle and packed up my labeling machine and wanted to jump on top of the table and dance.  Our business has grown so much this year, which is just incredible!  We knew months ago that when our lease was up we’d be moving to a new space, and Casey and I spent a lot of work and time researching and touring spaces, considering options, and then securing our spot and working through logistics to make it work for our production. 

We found an awesome space right across the bridge in Ballard, still only a few minutes from our old shop and where we live, and we had access to it the first week of February.  Casey got to work on construction right away.

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The tricky thing is that, while we have two full time employees, they were essentially keeping our business and our old shop alive – so the move itself had to be mostly handled by the two other employees – me and Casey. 

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The space we took over had “great bones” as they say, but needed a TON of work.  The previous tenant had been in there for nine years, and it required an extensive cleaning to bring it up to our standards for food production.  And so Casey constructed, while I cleaned. 

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I rented scaffolding and I spent two entire days wheeling it around our 1200 square feet (with 12 foot ceilings!) – vacuuming and wiping down every pipe, light fixture, crack and crevice on the walls and ceilings. 

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I have never been so filthy in my entire life. 


And once it was all cleaned and prepped, it needed a lot of paint.  Twelve foot concrete walls and pillars that left my arms shaking for days. 

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I raced from school drop off and we worked nonstop while the kids were at school.  I begged friends to watch them in the afternoons.  I hired a babysitter for their non-school day, and Casey and I just kept going and going as hard as we could.  And during those evening and weekend hours when we had no one else to ask for help, the kids hung out in the office coloring, doing legos, and playing on the iPad.  They were total troopers, and spent several nights out waaaay past their bedtime while we tried to bang out just one more coat of paint.

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And occasionally, they even helped.

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But little by little, the wreckage cleared, the layers of paint dried, and it started to look and feel like a production space. 

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Our deadline to get everything cleaned and ready to go was Saturday. Our move day was Sunday. Our health inspection was Monday. 

On Saturday I had Casey take the kids to their ski lessons while I stayed back to finish painting.  I ended up being there for 14 hours straight, and never sat down (because there was no where to sit!).  After skiing, Casey and the boys came and stayed through dinner time.  We had friends join us and bring much needed food and drinks, and several hours of painting and much needed energy. 

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On Sunday morning, we did a final cleaning and were ready to move our equipment over. 

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And on Monday morning we nervously shuffled around the space as we watched the health inspector ask questions and check things off his clip board.  A few minutes later, we were handed our FDA permit (with a score of 100!) and I’m pretty sure I leaped in the air after he left. 

Here we are a week later, all moved and mostly-settled in, and fully up and producing again.  I know you don’t have a sense of our “before” but the difference is night and day. For the past two years we’ve worked out of 275 square feet of production space.  Every square inch was used, and our refrigerator was always at max capacity.  Our new space is 1200 square feet of organized space with plenty of room for all our storage, as well as room to grow. 

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The other great thing about our new space is that we also have a small office, so Casey and I can work there together a few mornings each week, and he can work their full time and not be trying to work from home amongst the chaos of the kid and the dog and the crazy wife.  And now our house can go back to being just a house and we can separate the business from our home life a whole lot better.

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It was SO much work and I felt like I could sleep for dayssss when we were done, but it was also really rewarding.  It felt good to dive in and work hard, and do it along side Casey just like we used to. And it’s amazing to think of what we have built in just a short time!

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This morning I headed back to Orangetheory after a 1.5 week break.  I had to cancel a lot of workouts due to how much time we were spending on the business move, and OH did it hurt to go back today. I have been limping around all afternoon!

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But it’s nice to be back in our regular groove, catching up on work and enjoying our new space, and knowing that I will never ever label another bottle on our dining room table again.

Natural Beauty Products for Busy Mornings.

This post is sponsored by Pura D’or – thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish!

I am always hesitant to do anything “beauty” related here, as it’s not something that comes naturally to me or that I know all that much about.  I have a curling iron that I mainly just burn myself with, eyeliners I don’t know how to apply, and I can’t understand the whole dry shampoo crazy for the life of me.  I’m what you might call – simple – when it comes to the “beauty” regimen.  And on most days, I look like this.

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But that’s not to say that I’m not interested in it, and that I don’t care how I look – quite the opposite, really. Particularly as I’m getting older (with a birthday just around the corner – gulp), I’m a lot more focused on finding the right products that are both safe and effective. And as my wrinkles and laugh lines deepen, I’d like to keep trying to take better care of my face, hair, and skin – to keep it looking as nice as possible with age!

These days my daily routine is VERY short.  And I know many of you struggle with the same lack of time in the mornings.  I remember the days where it was hard to even find the time for a shower, so if you are still in the trenches then this post is for you.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite natural beauty products for a super quick morning routine.


I am very lucky in this department, as I married into a family with incredible hair.  Both my inlaws and my husband – and now my kids – all have amazing thick, shiny hair that can do no wrong.  And while marrying-in did not automatically give me the same tresses, I did become privileged to something else.  My mother in law is 1. extremely generous and 2. addicted to trying new products. She is always looking for the latest and greatest, and recommending all her finds.  And about that generosity, well…she is constantly passing along samples, freebies, and things she is no longer using.  And my product drawer runneth over.

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In addition to four million hair products, she also convinced me of another important hair tip – to STOP washing my hair every day.  I always read and heard of people who go days and days between washings, and just assumed my hair sucked and it wouldn’t work for me.  And then I decided to give it a go, and it turns out to be kind of amazing!  I still shower every day, and I have a cheapo shower cap for the non-wash days. These are obviously the fastest days for getting ready as there is no hair drying!

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I aim to wash my hair 2-3 times a week (usually planned around my hardest workouts!), and after a few months of this I can tell it is much healthier.  Also important?  When I DO wash my hair, I’m trying to find the best natural shampoos and products.  I recently started using Pura D’Or shampoo and conditioner – specifically, the Gold line

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We all know that after we have kids, our hair falls out for a while during that fun postpartum period.  And while the majority of that stopped a long time ago, I still don’t really feel like my hair ever regained it’s original thickness.  The Pura D’or Gold line is specifically formulated for anti-hair thinning and intensive thickening Here are some of the product highlights off their website:

  • Blend of 17 key active ingredients help reduce hair loss due to breakage
  • Helps regenerate & revitalize follicles
  • Revives damaged and distressed hair, leaving it healthier looking and smoother
  • Supports healthy scalp, regenerates hair, and revitalizes follicles
  • No chemicals, no sulfates, no parabens – so important!

Once I’m out of the shower, I’ve also been using the Pura D’or Argan Oil serum to help nourish, moisturize, and regenerate any hair breakage. 

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And as a bonus, I’ve also been using the argan oil on my face at night – just lightly rubbing into the corners of my eyes and mouth to help reduce fine lines.  I love that it is 100% oil with no harsh chemicals!

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Good news!  If you have suffered the same hair thinning after kids that I have, you can try the Pura D’or line for yourself – the first 100 readers will receive $20 Off + Free Delivery off your first order of shampoo and conditioner. Click here and use the code DAILYGARNISH to receive your discount. Offer valid only on the shampoo/conditioner sets.

These are my go-to products on the days where I wash my hair and I want it to be shiny, smooth, and full of body.  I jump in the shower as soon as I’m home from my workout and then I wrap my hair in a towel and let it air dry while I get myself ready, grab the kids clothes, pack their lunches, etc.  About ten minutes before we walk out the door I run back up to quickly blow dry.  I’ve been using my trusty Sedu hair dryer for something like ten years now and it is still my favorite. 

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In the summer when it’s much warmer and less humid outside, I can get away with letting my hair air dry into curls.  For wavy days, I’ve started using the DevaCurl product line (another find from my MIL!), and it’s been great for defining curls and adding body to my waves.  It is also all sulfate, paraben, and silicone free!

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In addition to finding natural hair products, I’ve also tried to find really simple, natural ways to take care of my face and skin.  With aging and the the onset of wrinkles and lines, it’s super tempting to buy one of those skincare systems full of miracle promises and incredible before and afters. But ultimately I’ve decided I care more about my long-term health and wellness, and don’t want harsh chemicals seeping into my skin.

I don’t wear much makeup other than mascara these days, and so every morning I start my day with a quick swipe of coconut oil over each eye.  It is the absolute BEST makeup remover ever – I cant believe all the years I spent buying expensive remover wipes!

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Next up, I wash my face – either in the sink or the shower – with the Beautycounter charcoal bar.  My friend Lindsay sells Beautycounter and raved about this product so much that I had to try it myself.  I really like the way it makes my skin feel once it’s clean – super soft and smooth!  My only complaint is that it makes a big mess – black soap suds wherever you set it down. 

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This time of year, I often need a hint of lotion to combat winter dryness. Recently I’ve just been using basic Cetaphil – a little goes a long way, and it doesn’t leave my skin greasy at all.  We use this on the kids too for chapped and dry skin!

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After lotion comes a few brushes of my BareMinerals face powder and a bit of mascara, and I’m good to go.  I’m not sure why I recently decided to stop wearing most of my makeup.  Part of it was that by the end of the day I felt like it almost made me look more tired – all smudged and mostly worn off from a day of chaos.  Rather than load on the makeup, I’m trying to take better care of my skin and eyebrows so that I can feel more confident in what is underneath. 

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From hair to makeup – I can usually get all of this done about 20 minutes – just enough time for the kids to watch one TV show before we all pack up and head out the door for the day. It feels good to know I’m using natural, quality products that will protect my skin and repair my hair throughout the day. 

And on that note, I’m off to jump in the shower and get going!  Don’t forget – the first 100 readers to use the code DAILYGARNISH can get $20 off a Pura D’or shampoo and conditioner set!  Enjoy! 

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