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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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    What’s Cooking?

    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 & 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.


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?


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!


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. 


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. 


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. 


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!


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. 


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. 


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


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!

Fitting In Fitness.

Happy Friday, friend – how about a long overdue update on the fitness front!  I think part of the reason I’ve been doing less writing these days is that I’ve actually been out about so much these days!  Winter barely even happened here, and we’ve been drenched in sun and temps in the 50’s and 60’s for weeks and weeks now.  No complaints!

Fresh air has gotten me back into my running shoes and back out strolling every afternoon with the kiddos.  I’m wearing my Fitbit again too, which I am loving.  I definitely find that I’m more motivated to take that afternoon walk with the kids, or jog with the dogs – if I see that I haven’t reached my daily goal yet. 


So here is what I’ve been up to as far as fitness goes…

Barre Basics

I updated you guys halfway through the Barre3 Challenge, but then never shared my final thoughts at the end (I know, I know).  The biggest effect the Challenge had on me was figuring out how to juggle four studio classes each week.  In the past, I’ve typically stuck to more like one or two, and sprinkled in other fitness here and there.  Doing the Barre3 Challenge showed me that with proper planning and right motivation, I could actually fit in more fitness than I’d originally thought.

The other thing it reinforced to me is that I am not good at home workouts.  I have never been big on exercise videos or DVD programs, and even though the Barre3 online workouts are all different and are very well done, I am just not good at getting motivated to work out at home.  This is probably the same reason why I’ve barely ever touched our treadmill.  I am too distracted at home and despite all my good intentions and proper planning, I almost always ended up blowing off the home workouts (whereas I never skipped a studio workout I’d signed up for!). 

Just as the Barre3 Challenge came to an end, I got the opportunity to try another fun fitness program…

Checking out ClassPass

Have you heard of ClassPass?  I have been using it for the past few weeks, and I am so excited about it!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ClassPass is an alternative to a typical gym membership or fitness studio.  For $79/month, you get access to fitness studios all over your city – like yoga, pilates, barre, spinning, and more.  The catch is that you can only go to one studio three times over the course of each month, so it forces you to jump around and try new things.  This is actually a good thing for me, as I tend to do what is easy and familiar, and this has prompted me to try a lot of new things this month (which I ended up loving!).


This came at the perfect time after the Barre3 Challenge, which showed me that fitting in fitness all week long was possible – I just needed to be a bit more organized.  I’m using ClassPass to do a lot of evening and weekend classes, and the best part is that I have quite a few friends using it too.  One of the features I really like is that you can “friend” other people using ClassPass, which gives you access to their class schedule.  So instead of texting all week long to see what other people are doing, I can just look and decide if I want to join them – super convenient!

The website is really well done and easy to use, and I like how easy it is to see your upcoming schedule, as well as what you’ve tried already.  And the best part is that some of the studios I already know and love are part of ClassPasshere in Seattle, so I can visit my favorite spots while also trying out things that are new. 


Unfortunately, as soon as I signed up I got slammed with a horrible cough/cold that came home from school with Cullen, so I sat on the sidelines for most of the first two weeks.  But since then, here is what I’ve tried so far in Seattle:  CorePower Yoga, Flybarre, HauteYoga in Queen Anne, my beloved Barre3, and Strala Yoga.  This weekend I’ll be headed to Barre3 again, as well as trying out my first Flywheel class – I’m scared!

For my Seattle friends, anyone interested in trying it out for just one week (less commitment!) there is a $10/week promo right now!  And for everyone else, look and see if ClassPass is available near you…


I am hoping they arrive in Cincinnati soon so I can try some classes the next time I head home!  Outside of the fitness studios, I’ve also started pounding the pavement again…

Ready for Racing

I am not a winter runner.  In a former life I can remember early morning long runs back in Cincinnati where we’d run on the side of the road because the sidewalks were all icy in the middle of January.  But running is a lot different for me these days.  Admittedly, I’ve grown less hardcore and more wimpy as far as weather is concerned.  But a bit part of that is also because I am usually running with two small companions.  And while I can do my best to push myself out the door in the cold or drizzle, I can’t force my kids to sit through that in a stroller.  And so, I’ve taken most of the winter off other than a run here and there. 

But these last few weeks I’ve been out on the trails and sidewalks again, and I feel totally energized and excited for another season of running and racing.  As of right now, I’m scheduled to run the Brooks Trailhead 15k in May, the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon, in June, and the See Jane Run Half Marathon in July.  These are all races I’ve done before, so I’m excited to see if I can improve on my times this year. 

I’m not doing any formal training yet, but just building back up some base mileage for now.  During the week, I’ve been getting out here and there with the stroller when the weather has allowed.  And now that the days are getting longer, I’ve been jogging around the neighborhood with the pups during evenings and weekends. 

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Casey is running the LA Marathon next weekend, so after his race I’ll be able to ramp up my running a bit more.  We have figured out that it doesn’t really work for both of us to be formally training for things at the same time!  I’m so excited to go cheer for him and watch him run.  I love marathons!

As running picks up, I’ll probably do less of the studio classes each week – my muscles can only take so much (and there is only so much time!).  My goal is to still do two or three classes a week as cross-training, but we’ll see how it goes as mileage increases.

Last but not least, I’m so excited to share that I’m joining the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador Team this year!  Brooks is an awesome running company based right here in the heart of Seattle, and I’m thrilled to be a local representative within an amazing group of runners.  Their motto is to “Run Happy” – which is exactly how I feel about running, especially these days. 

I am not very fast, and my relationship with running has been sort of a rollercoaster over the past few years through pregnancies, and newborns, and breastfeeding, and all the rest of it.  But I have always come back to running over and over again because, to me, there is no other feeling quite like crossing a finish line.  Running is fresh air, and a mountain breeze, and a few hours (or even minutes!) that are just for me.  I am so excited to Run Happy with Brooks in 2015!

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It’s going to be gorgeous and sunny here this weekend, so our plans include running, hiking, a birthday party, and as much time as humanly possible spent outside.  Happy weekends to all of you!

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