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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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Moving & Groovin’.

Hi guys!  Me again!  The kids are in school and while I actually miss them a surprising amount, I’m also getting SO much done.  I thought I’d pop in today with a casual “updates” type of post – just odds and ends.  So pardon my rambling. 

It feels super weird for my schedule to have suddenly changed overnight.  Like I went from hanging with the kids at beaches and parks or play dates all day long, to suddenly having several mornings a week to just me, myself, and I.  It’s still really new, and so it feels fun to finally be catching up on the mile-long to-do list I’ve been building.  But I actually really miss the kids too – it’s really weird to go from spending all your time with them to them now having this whole other THING in their lives that I’m not part of.  And this is preschool – it’s just the beginning, right!?  Sob.

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I feel like I’m a much better mom when I’m with them right now though, because I’m not stressed and scrambling to do things with them underfoot.  And it’s SUMMERTIME, so we’re having fun doing all our favorite warm, sunny adventures in the afternoon after they nap. 

And yes, they still both nap.  If I have anything to do with it, they will nap forever!  Cullen doesn’t nap every day, but most days he does.  They both still really need it.  They are so much more refreshed and energized afterward, and much more pleasant to be around!  On long nap days they go to bed later, but they just hang in their beds and read books, so it’s not a big deal.  Speaking of – I know I posted potential bunk bed ideas here, but did I ever officially tell you guys that they moved into a shared room?

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It is the most adorable thing ever, and they absolutely LOVE it.  I have a full room reveal post coming soon with all the details.  We didn’t necessarily need them to share a room, but they were excited about the idea, and I thought it would be nice to free up that extra bedroom if the boys were open to it!  So far it’s been a total success (knock on wood). 

And now to totally switch gears, let’s talk about workouts!  After lots of travel and WAY too many bags of salt and vinegar potato chips (aka my kryptonite), I feel like I’m really back on track with fitness.  I’m continuing to do a mix of strength classes (mostly through ClassPass) and weekly running.

The new barre3 Ballard studio just opened last week, and I got to host two preview classes before it opened.  It was super fun and both classes left me shaky.  The new studio space is absolutely gorgeous and the studio owner is just a total gem.  Highly recommend to local people looking to try something new!

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And just around the corner from barre is the new Inspire Pilates studio location, also in Ballard!  I’ve been going to Inspire in Queen Anne for a while now, and it has quickly become my favorite class of the week.  It’s only 40 minutes long, and it is SO HARD.  I seriously find it hard to walk to my car afterward.  And these days, time for workouts is precious so I want to get the best bang for my buck, you know?  The new Ballard studio has brand new machines, and it’s a really nice space.  I love that I can do this one on ClassPass, but I always max out on the classes too quickly. 

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Worth noting that neither of these are official partnerships – I’m not paid, given free classes, or provided with referral credits.  I just really love these programs, and enjoy promoting local business to Seattle area readers!  If you ever want to join me for a class in Seattle, shoot me an email!

On the running front, I’m running more consistently now than I have in a long while.  I’m currently just running for fitness and the ever-present goal of eventually getting speedier.  I do almost all of my runs with my friend, Lacey, and she is a great motivator for getting me out the door – particularly at 6am. 

She is currently training for a half marathon, and so for no apparent reason I’ve just jumped onto all her training runs, even when I reaaaaaly didn’t want to.  Like after my sister and I went to the Dixie Chicks concert on Friday night and I got four hours of sleep afterward, and then had to meet Lacey at 6am to go run seven miles around the lake. 

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It sure felt good afterward though!  So far we are up to eight miles on the weekends, and I think if I’m going to keep adding to that I need to find a local race to sign up for!  We also tend to run two weekday mornings, usually 4 to 5 miles each.  Weekday runs are nice because Indy dog can tag along, which I can only assume is the highlight of his week.  Ten years old and still banging out miles like it’s nothing.  He better live forever. 

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I’m feeling really healthy and strong, although I still have a few pesky pounds I’d really like to drop that just won’t seem to budge.  We have a beach trip to New Jersey in late August, and my current goal is simply to feel confident in my bathing suit while we are there. 

I’m trying to really focus on keeping up with my workouts, in addition to eating really well.  In the past I feel like I’ve tended to do one or the other.  Sometimes when I’m running or working out a lot, I convince myself that I’ve earned far too many treats.  This time I’m just trying to keep everything balanced and save the treats for something special.  Slowly but surely, right?

And on the topic of healthy food, another thing I’ve been meaning to share here!  I know so many of you have been asking (for YEARS!) for more of the old food content.  I think some of you even assumed I just stopped cooking altogether, but I assure you that’s not the case.  We still cook all the time, and eat loads of veggies and other good stuff.  But my ability to create detailed recipes and carefully photograph it all flew out the window (along with my sanity) when I was caring for two babies (and man were they both babies for the longest time!). 

Now that the kids are older and in school more, I do hope to get back to more regular food content here, but I’m not sure what that will look like.  Do people even use recipes anymore?  I tend to like food inspiration, rather than strict instruction.  And so I created a separate Daily Garnish Instagram account – you can find it here!

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My goal for that space is to showcase our our family’s food – whether that means trying an amazing local restaurant, or making something like these awesome crispy tofu fingers at home. 

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It also gives me a venue to share something I’ve been wanting to do more of for a long time – showcase ideas for kid-friendly food!  These things aren’t really recipes, so there has never felt like a natural way to feature them regularly on the blog itself. 

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But Instagram is the perfect way to offer some quick and easy (vegetarian!) ideas for feeding kids, packing lunches, and mixing up snack time.

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So I hope you will follow along if you are looking for vegetarian meal ideas, or if you need to know where to get the best kimchi fried rice in Seattle.  I will try to remember to start pushing these things out to my Daily Garnish Facebook page as well, for those of you who don’t use Instagram. 

So that’s it from me today!  I’m really excited to be back here more regularly (and more casually?)  from now on.  And if there is something you’d like to see here, please leave a suggestion in the comments or send me an email – I always love (friendly) feedback!  I have a big site redesign planned that will be launching this fall/early winter, and I am beyond excited about that.  And so the little blog trudges on…

Happy Wednesday, friends!

PS – Who is JoJo going to send home next week??  I thought for sure it would be Robby after that disastrous hometown visit!



2016 Brooks Blogger Trip: Olympic Track & Field Trials!

You guys, it has finally happened.  Last week, my kids both headed back to school, which is also Graham’s first time doing drop-off preschool.  Do you know what this means?  It means that for the first time in almost five years, I have a few hours each week all to myself!  It is so bizarre and liberating!  But it also means that I am finally CATCHING UP!  Catching up on laundry, on life, and most importantly – on work!

And so here I am this fine Monday morning, ready to give you the final recap of our whirlwind few weeks of summer travel.  I already shared our visits to Bend, Oregon and Lake Chelan, Washington.  And about ten hours after we pulled into the driveway from Chelan, I was off to the airport to head down to Eugene, Oregon to meet my Brooks Blogger friends!

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I took the world’s tiniest prop plane down to Portland, and the flight was a whopping 40 minutes long.  It felt ridiculous to fly there!  When I got to Portland, I was greeted by the other Brooks Bloggers – such a fun reunion!  We all piled into a shuttle and headed down to Eugene, Oregon to spend the weekend laughing, eating, and running together. 

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The purpose of our trip (in addition to all getting to hang out together!) was to spend the weekend with the Brooks crew at the Olympic Track & Field Trials.  I seriously cried when I got the email invite for the trip – I LOVE the Olympics!!  And since we were staying in teeny tiny Eugene and wanted to be as close to the track as possible, it only made sense to stay at the frat house across the street, right? 

No really, the staff at Brooks rented out the Delta Sigma Pi house and had it cleaned and painted from top to bottom.  It was seriously awesome.  When we got there we were told to go upstairs and find our rooms – it felt like the first day of college all over again! Do you think I should be offended that my sign was a running donut?  :)

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I shared a room with Dorothy, who has been my online buddy since way back when I lived in DC.  So fun to finally officially meet in person, after feeling like we were already friends for so long!

Inside our dorm rooms, we found Brooks pillowcases, shower caddies with our bath essentials, and more.  It was amazing!

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We were also outfitted with Run Happy Spirit Squad gear, so we could all match while we cheered for the Olympic hopefuls.  SO cute!

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I had been at the Brooks Trailhead store in Seattle the day before we left, and I was gushing over the new Victory Launch 3’s that were just released.  I was beyond pumped to find a pair in my size waiting for me in my room!

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We settled into the house quickly and freshened up, before walking around the block to Historic Hayward Field for the Olympic Trials!

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Such a fun crew to spend the weekend with.  From left to right – Anne, Tina, Janae, Kristen, Jesica, Meghann, me, Lora, and Dorothy!

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The energy at the track was contagious.  You could feel how hard the athletes had all worked just to be there!

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We got to watch a whole variety of events – discus, shot put, long jump, and plenty of running.  The Brooks professional runners were all decked out in bright blue and yellow, so they were super easy to spot on the track.  We went crazy any time they were racing!

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Talk abut motivation – the runners were all just incredible.  Some took hard falls and still got up and finished, while others finished by a landslide.  You could tell each and every one of them gave it their all, and it really inspired me to try to carry that energy into my own workouts.

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We stayed at the track for a long while, before eventually walking over to the Excelsior Inn for dinner.  The food was incredible, and tasted especially good after a long day of traveling and being at the race.  This burrata and tomato salad rocked my world. 

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As did this mammoth piece of coconut cream pie.  Yes please. 

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The next morning I was up at the crack of dawn.  The room Dorothy and I were sharing had no blinds, and the sun rises here in the PNW around 430am this time of year!  I laid in bed for a while before eventually tip toeing outside to see if anyone else was up. 

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I found Meghann and Tina, and Dorothy and I decided to join them and seek coffee out in Eugene.  We had a nice early morning walk around the University of Oregon campus – what a cool place to go to school!  We headed back in time to meet up for the group run.  Brooks organized a big community run every morning of the trials, and runners showed up from all over!

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They had music blasting and people all over the lawn.  Definitely felt like a frat house!

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I was only planning a short run, so Meghann and I stuck together and knocked out a few miles around town.  I am used to running much earlier in the morning (like 6am!) so it felt really sunny and HOT to me.  Meghann is from Florida, so she thought I was insane. 

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Just like regular dorm life, the house had four showers for everyone to share (which also included all the Brooks staff!).  So I knew it was key to get back and hit the showers before the crowds returned.  I don’t think I’ve showered in shoes in 13 years!

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Once I was showered and ready to go, I headed outside to the Brooks Run Signature mobile unit.  They take this pod all around the country – very cool!

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The Brooks employees used special sensors and straps to monitor my stride, and after applying those they had me run barefoot on a treadmill.  A camera captured images of my run, and compared them to different running styles and differences in stride.  From there, they were able to recommend my signature shoe!  Cool, right?

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We hurried back over to the track because there were some finals coming up first on the schedule for the day.  We got to see Allyson Felix dominate in the women’s field!

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And after a few more hours at the track, we rolled out to lunch in style.  No seriously – we cruised around town in a stretch hummer.  AMAZING and so totally absurd!  It was hilarious. 

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We grabbed lunch at the Cannery in Eugene, and I ordered this bubbly local kombucha the minute I sat down. 

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I also got this delicious kale Caesar salad (note to self – make this at home!).

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And a yummy falafel plate!  It was my first real meal of the day and I was staaaaaaarving.  Pretty sure I licked my plate clean.

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But the real highlight of lunch was the company.  We got to eat with two of the Brooks Beasts – Garrett Heath (remember when I interviewed him!?) and Riley Masters.  They were both racing in the 5,000 meter events the following weekend, so they were in Eugene just resting and cheering on their teammates.  It was really interesting to learn about what their daily lives are like as professional runners, and I had fun asking them all about running and training in Seattle (where they both also live). 

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The whole gang!

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After lunch, we headed back to our ride and back to the frat house to relax and hang out before dinner. 

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We also stopped by a local running store to check out some of the official Olympic Trials merchandise, and see the new Brooks fall gear.  Why is matching so fun??

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We hung out and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon, and eventually rode out into the countryside to King Estate Winery for dinner.  Talk about beautiful!

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The lavender was so spectacular, and the views were just amazing. 

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I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing crew of inspiring women.  It was such an uplifting and energizing weekend, and they were all a big part of that. 

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Inside the winery, we had a fancy dinner spread ready for our group!

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Check out this awesome salad wrapped in thin piece of cucumber.  So creative!  I asked for extra blue cheese on mine – my addiction.

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And this flourless chocolate cake was the thing of dreams.  Such a delicious way to end the weekend!

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Our dinner wasn’t over until midnight (!!), and we had to drive almost an hour back to Eugene from the winery.  Because of our early flights scheduled out of Portland, Tina and I had to catch a 3am shuttle to the airport.  That meant we got a whopping ONE hour of sleep on Saturday night!  It is a miracle I found my gate and sleepwalked my way onto the plane. 

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And by 8am on Sunday, before many people in Eugene had even woken up, I was back in the arms of my Seattle people.  And while it was so fun to be gone, it felt so good to be home. 

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So many thanks to the Brooks team for such a special weekend.  There were so many little details and things that all added up to something I will remember for a long, long time. 

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And now we are back in Seattle for a few weeks before our next summer adventure.  This is the first full week of school for the kids, so I have high hopes for everything I can get done.  Back soon!

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