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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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    A Look Back.

It’s Electric (Boogie, Oogie, Oogie)!

Happy Earth Day (one day late – internet issues while traveling!)!  On this greenest of days, I thought I’d share one of the ways our family has been a little bit more environmentally conscious this past year or so. 

This zippy little number, is my adorable all-electric Nissan Leaf!

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We got it back in October 2014, so we’ve had it a year and a half now.  When we originally got it, it was supposed to be Casey’s commuting car.  His bus commute was sucking way too much time out of his already long work day, and the alternatives like Car2Go were adding up to be pretty expensive when used daily.  It was also becoming more challenging to be a one-car family as the kids got older and schedules changed. 

When we picked this car, there were Washington state and federal tax credits, so we got a really good price.  We chose the base model without the extra options and upgraded interior.  And so it was a really affordable way for us to transition from a one-car to tw0-car family – I believe our payment is $220 a month. 

Casey drove the car for about a month before I totally fell in love with it.  The first time I drove it I couldn’t believe how light and speedy it felt – with no heavy gas engine it just floats over the road, and it is completely silent.  So silent, in fact, that it actually beeps when you back up.  Feels a bit absurd, but safety first I guess.

For some reason I’d had it in my mind that a mom driving kids needs ROOM and SPACE.  I always talked about needing a big cargo area for all the things I needed to haul.  But what were those things?  And did I ever actually do that?  At the same time, I was the one driving all over the city each day exploring with the kids in a big SUV – using the gas and adding up the miles.  Casey was simply going back and forth to the office – four miles each way. 

Around this same time, Casey started traveling a lot.  With his car just sitting there in the driveway half the time, I found myself strapping the kids into backseat of the Leaf more often than not.  It was SO much easier to park in the city, and I figured there was no sense wasting gas and mileage if I didn’t need to.  And after a few weeks, Casey’s new car became my new mom-mobile.

I realized pretty quickly that the hatch back was surprisingly roomy.  I can fit my giant double BOB stroller, as well as groceries, scooters, my yoga mat, the huge Lululemon bag of beach toys, the dogs – whatever else needs to be back there. 

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The hatch opening is also great for diaper changes or wiggling kids out of sandy bathing suits.  And like most cars, the seats can fold flat to accommodate bigger items if necessary. 

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The backseat isn’t enormous, but it is plenty big for our needs.  And without carseats, it’s actually quite spacious.  I have a Chicco Nextfit for Graham and a Diono Radian RXT for Cullen, and a plastic bin of books that sits perfectly in between them. 

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One thing I actually really like about having a smaller car is that I can reach most things if needed.  I can easily pick up dropped books at red lights, or pass the kids their water bottles if needed.  When we had the SUV, once something was dropped it was in no man’s land until we stopped,which usually led to screaming and tears.  Everything in the Leaf feels close enough but not too close.  My understanding is that with the right configuration of narrow-profile carseats, you can also do three across here, but we haven’t needed or tried to do that.   

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And as for the front of the car, it is roomy and has everything I need.  Again, I think there are fancier options that can be added, but even with the base model we have heated seats, a heated steering wheel, bluetooth connections, push button start, a back up camera, and lots of cup holders. 

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Can you tell I am a maniac car cleaner?  Usually once a week I pull my car all the way to the back of the driveway, and use the shopvac from our garage to totally vacuum and clean it out.  Kids are so hard on cars – snacks, leaves, sand, dirt – where does it all even come from?  A clean car brings me all sorts of type A control-freak happiness.

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And so what about the most important part of all?  The part that makes it so different – the fact that is has NO gas!  I get so many questions about this, and I admit that when Casey first suggested it I felt skeptical.  My naturally anxious nature didn’t like the idea of a car that could fizzle out on me.  But I learned quickly just how awesome it is, and how easy it is to manage.  The car itself comes with a basic charger that can be kept in this battery pack in the trunk. 

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And it plugs right into this charging port on the front of the car – so easy.  (And yes, we desperately need a trip through the car wash!)

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Would you believe that it charges with just a basic three-prong plug?  Pretty cool.  We used this charger for the first few months.  Some of the premium models have super-charge batteries, but our basic model charged at regular speed.  Using this charger it took about 12 hours to get a full charge of 90 miles.  This was fine, but we hoped to upgrade it eventually to something a bit faster. 

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A few months later Casey’s parents visited us in Seattle, and so Casey and his dad installed this super charger on the side of our house.  It looks just like a gas pump, and the charger itself cost about $500.  It has the same type of electric hookup as a dryer (220V).  I think it’s kind of hilarious and awesome that we have an electric car charging station on the side of our 1905 farmhouse.

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When I first heard that the average driving range on a Leaf was 90 miles, my reaction was – that’s not very far.  But in reality, 90 miles is a long way!  Obviously it depends on where you live and how you drive, but it is the perfect car for a place like Seattle.  While we are a big city by population, the land mass is actually quite small since we are locked in by water on most sides.  And while you can sit in traffic for 40 minutes, you might only actually drive four or five miles.  If the car is sitting idled, the range doesn’t drop at all (unless you are blasting all the internal systems of the car).

The range does drop a bit in the winter months, as running the high heat in cold temps uses a bit more electricity.  But for us it only drops by about 5-10 miles overall – nothing too significant for a mild Seattle winter.   

Most of the things I do around town are within five miles of our house.  And even on days when we have trips planned further out, we are very rarely driving over forty miles each way.  In fact, I tend to only charge the car every three to four days.  Once it gets down into the 20/30 range, I usually plug it in, but otherwise I don’t worry about it. 

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There have been two or three times where I’ve cut it close, and in those cases you can option into “eco mode” in order to conserve electricity.  The other cool thing is that in Seattle, there are actually charging stations all over the city.  The airport, the local pharmacy chain (Bartell’s), most parking garages, and many more places all have electric car parking.  The navigation feature on the dash also shows all nearby charging stations while you are driving around, which is helpful if you need it (although in two years I’ve never had to stop and charge the car, but good to know just in case!). 

I think electric cars will be a big part of our future.  In a city like Seattle, the Leaf and even the Tesla are seen regularly all over the city, and cars like the Prius and the Volt are offering some partial plug-in options.  For us, its a great option for all the day to day city drives, and we can all load into the truck if we need to do a longer road trip. 

It’s worth saying I guess that I have no relationship or partnership with Nissan or the auto industry in general.  I just really love this car, and think it’s such a great choice – both for the environmental savings for the planet, and personal savings for reducing spending on transportation and maintenance.  I’m excited to see how battery technology evolves and these driving ranges get even longer.

If you are someone who spends a ton of time commuting and money on gas, it might be a great choice for you.  And if I left anything out or you have questions, please ask in the comments!

We just landed back in Seattle after an awesome vacation (that I’ll share next).  It was a great week and we’re missing our family, but it also feels good to be home, snuggle with Indy, and get back into our routines!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday Favorites.

It’s Friday!  We have a really exciting weekend ahead, and – other than the whole missing dogs incident – we had a really nice week that is now behind us.  I have lots of baking and cleaning and laundry to do, but I wanted to pop in with a few fun things we’ve been loving lately. 


This sandwich.  It’s been a month now, and I can’t stop eating it. 

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In case you can’t tell, it’s a veggie BLT.  Essential components include: two hearty pieces of toast (or a brioche bun from Macrina Bakery if you really want your world to be rocked), an alarming amount of mayo, fresh butter lettuce, a ripe summer tomato, and at least five slices of delicious tempeh bacon. 

Seriously, the mayonnaise thing.  Why is it so good?  I don’t think I’ve had mayonnaise in my fridge in like five years, and now the jar I bought a few weeks ago is half empty.  I’m embracing it.  And breaking into cold sweats thinking about the end of tomato season.

Also, this chocolate bar. 

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It is exactly what it sounds like it would be.  In a word: amazing.  Graham cracker and marshmallow hunks within a thick slab of milk chocolate.  And it’s kind of a small-ish bar so I feel less guilty when I eat the entire thing (which is every time). 

And last, fresh peaches.  Peach season has arrived in Seattle, and I am gobbling them up.  This particular big beautiful peach was Cullen’s free “kid’s fruit” at the grocery store this morning.  Oops.

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I still can’t bite directly into a peach after a particularly traumatizing incident that occurred two summers ago, involving a big ripe juicy farmers market peach and about 4,000 tiny spiders found within instead of a center pit.  But sliced is just as tasty, and feels a lot less risky. 


I considered labeling this “fashion” but my fingers refused to type it.  I am so far removed from fashion that it is laughable these days.  I mean on a good, normal day I’m still pretty bland, but maternity clothes have taken this to an extreme. 

I’m 34 weeks along now, and nothing I have fits.  The baby appears to have moved into my backside, as it is growing just as steadily as my belly.  I broke down and used a 40% off coupon to get a few Old Navy maxi skirts to get me through to the end.  I am absolutely living in them.  I’m pretending like maybe I will still be able to wear these beyond pregnancy? 



Every week I go to Trader Joe’s and buy at least twenty bananas.  I don’t seem to be able to wrap my mind around the fact that Cullen will no longer eat them, and that they are inevitably sitting there all sad and black just as I return home with the next unnecessary green bunch. 

Our freezer overfloweth, so recently I’ve turned to baking.  As soon I hit publish on this post, I’m headed into the nursery to grab Cullen (who is waking up from a nap, and instructing his stuffed puppy to “take another bite” – what?), and then we are headed to the kitchen to bake banana walnut muffins together.  Baking with him is a huge mess, but also ridiculous fun.  Plus – muffins at the end, so an obvious win. 

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Okay this is not my favorite activity, but I have to talk about it.  Cullen has become completely obsessed with riding the carousel at the zoo.  He got hooked last weekend when we went to a concert there, and seriously hasn’t stopped neighing since.  Every morning I ask him what he wants to do, and he neighs like a horse and shouts “UP DOWN!” – it is ridiculous.

This morning, I finally indulged.  We had a fun walking and talking date with a friend and her little girl, highlighted by not one but two rides on the carousel.  I took him on the first time as soon as we got there, specifically parking by the entrance that is right next to it.  We were the only ones on the ride (not surprising, since the park had been open exactly one minute), and he had a blast.  At the end, as it slowed, I explained how the horses were getting sleepy and needed to rest for a while.  We would come back for another ride before we left for the day.

He seemed to accept this and I was happily buckling him into his stroller and mentally high-fiving myself for such a smooth exit, just as an ENTIRE SUMMER CAMP came running inside and climbed onto the horses.  Enter Cullen having a ridiculous meltdown, shrieking at the other children for being on the sleepy horses that apparently belonged to him. 

Being a toddler is complicated. 

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He is also in love with the Space Needle.  He and Casey have ridden the bus down there a few times, and now he loves pointing it out whenever he sees it, which is actually surprisingly often. 

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We have a few Seattle-themed books that are his current favorites.  I love that he loves something that is so Seattle specific – too cute! 


Coming.  This weekend. 

The last time my sisters and I were all together was back in May when we celebrated Sarah’s college graduation.  This weekend, Sarah is flying in from Indianapolis, and Rebecca is coming all the way from Connecticut with my nephew, Jonah!  This will probably be our last big family visit for a few months, as Rebecca and I are both having babies soon!

I can’t wait to see Cullen and Jonah together.  I expect a lot of drama over shared toys, and a lot of adorable photo opportunities.  I have a lot of cleaning and laundry to do before everyone gets here.  Oh, and just a few small house projects to finish up…

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I hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend planned!  Safe travels to those of you who are on the move. 

I haven’t shared any of these links here on the blog in a while, so in case you are interested, here’s what I’ve been writing about over on Babble these past few weeks:

Thank you, as always, for reading!

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