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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.



April Flowers.

A big thanks to everyone who entered the Brooks shoe giveaway!  I wish I could give a pair of shoes to all of you!  Our lucky winner is Sarah who said – “I was matched with the Launch 3’s and would love to try out a pair. I run in Glycerins now while training for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half in June and Portland Marathon (my first full) in October. Love your blog!!”  Congrats, Sarah!

One of the ways that helped me get through the days following Huey’s passing, was to dig through old photos and memories.  I don’t have tons of digital photos from the early days circa 2005, but it sure did help that I started using my blog a lot more in 2009.  I have thousands and thousands of photos saved on hard drives and in the cloud, and I sat and cried and looked at every one of them.

I’m getting some new prints made and hung so that we still see the old brown dog a bit more when we look around the house, and that feels comforting.  But another thing that came from looking through all those photos – I realized that in the past year or so, I pretty much stopped using my big SLR camera.  It wasn’t intentional, but with all the other things I lug around for the kids, added to the fact that they never stop moving, and I took the easy route with quick camera phone shots and never looked back.

It wasn’t just pictures of the dogs I was missing – it was the kids, the house, the every day stuff.  Of course I have lots of fun vacation pictures and memories from special events, but it was a reminder to me that they every day stuff can be just as (if not more) comforting to look back on later.

And so these past few weeks I’ve kept my camera out on the kitchen counter.  Not in an intrusive way – just a snap here and there.  I also realized that because I had these photos, I used to share a lot more of the day to day here on the ole’ blog.

And with that, a quick note.  I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of comments recently about the content here – that it’s forced, or lacking, or just “pointless photo dumps.”  And while my skin is thick, I can also appreciate good conversation.  I’ve let this last one roll around in my mind for a few days.  I thought about what types of things I’d write about back in 2009 or 2010 (which as a reminder was SIX years ago!).  And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that as a lifestyle blog – this has always been “photo dumps.”

Photos of my adventures in culinary school, photos of life in Charlotte – walking dogs, working out at home, and badly-lit photos of food.  Photos in Alexandria – walking around town, working in coffee shops, and enjoying the riverfront.  Photos of life in Seattle – the farmers markets, the parks, the water everywhere, and now – my family.  The story told through the photos is still the same, but the people in the photos have changed.  So for some people, it might be less exciting (and appear lazy?) to see pictures of my kids enjoying our local beaches or playing in the yard – but that is life now.  And I really enjoy it.

In a few months, Graham will join Cullen a few mornings each week at preschool, and for the first time in five years (!), I will have regular, predictable time to myself to anything I want to do.  Twelve whole hours each week – can you even imagine?  My mind races with the possibilities!

One of the big focuses of that time will be here – on this space.  I’d like to do better cooking again.  More pre-planned posts, a more regular editorial calendar, and better reader engagement.  I also have a long over-due site re-design planned!  But I’ll also be spending time on our kombucha business – helping Casey with sales, social media, web inquiries and site management, and all sorts of other things as we grow.

And I might even use some of that time to do things that are NOT work related – like read a book, loop around the lake with a friend, or tackle a baking project.  And then I’ll pick up the boys and we’ll hit up the beaches and ice cream shops and splash parks.  Can you tell I’m excited?  It’s going to be such a fun summer!

My current goal is to post in this space three to four times each week – a mix of lifestyle posts and updates, fitness-focused content, and yes – some branded/product content that will remain carefully chosen and given the same level of effort as other posts.

And so with that, how about I stop babbling and I show you some of those pictures I talked about snapping.

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Spring has ARRIVED in Seattle, and it is perfection.  I promise this will be the last time I mention our hellish rain, but oh man guys – it’s been, well,  hell.  I have always been the biggest champion for Seattle weather, but this winter was a doozy.  And when I got to Ohio and felt the sun on my skin I was tempted to stay there forever.

Thank goodness I came home and found my whole yard (and CITY, even!) in beautiful bloom – birds chirping, tulips and daffodils everywhere, and bright colors all around.

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Check out the cherry blossoms in our neighborhood – incredible!

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I took this picture of our tulips over a week ago, and now they are all opened and bursting with color.  Many thanks to the green thumb who lived here before us, because I never could have made it look this good.

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We also have those lovely blue bells popping up everywhere.  They are such a pain to pull when they are done blooming, but for now they are turning our front and back yards into a beautiful sea of purple-y blue.

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And beyond our home, we’ve been enjoying the sunshine all around town.  Casey is working at the Fremont Farmers Market for the business now, so on Sundays I’m on my own.  It requires me to dig deep and plan fun activities to do by myself on the weekends, when I’ve already been at it all week long.  Last weekend I was thrilled to have two other friends suggest we all try out a new (to us) beach and explore together – YES please!

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We visited Lincoln Park in West Seattle – such a fun part of town, and one we don’t visit often enough.  The park itself was amazing.  We had to park out by the street and then hike a half mile through beautiful woods to get down to the water.  It was absolutely gorgeous!

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And then we got down to the waterfront and found things like this, and I wondered how we had never been there before.

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This beach had incredible driftwood, and despite carrying an enormous bag of diggers and buckets and shovels with me, this was the only thing the kids did for hours.  Nature’s toys!

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It was exactly what I needed in order to stop dreaming of packing up and going back to Ohio, and to look around me instead and see the incredible beauty and wonderful friends I’m surrounded by out here.

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The other big excitement in our life right now is that Cullen started T-Ball.  And if that doesn’t sound exciting to you, then you have never watched T-Ball!

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In all my years of parenting, I can honestly say that this is one of the most fun things I’ve experienced yet.  Sometimes it feels heartbreaking to watch your kids grow up and get bigger, but most of the time it feels incredible to know that these babies that you have poured so much love and life into are become little people who wear uniforms and high five teammates.  It’s amazing.

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I have never seen Cullen love anything as much as he loves this.  He has lots of good buddies, but none of them care about baseball, and so it’s really cool to see him with like-minded kids and being part of a team.

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And speaking of those buddies, they might not care about the sport, but they sure do care about their friends.  Cullen had a few friends come watch his game the other night and the look on his face when he heard them cheering, “GO CULLEN!” – truly priceless.

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Okay a few more because I am a crazy baseball mama and I can’t help myself.

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Okay thanks for indulging me.  I promise I won’t share 15 pictures from every single game this season.  :)

It’s a busy week here, as we are getting ready for a big trip at the end of the week!  We’ll be spending next week in sunny FLORIDA with Casey’s family.  We usually do our family vacation during the summer, but this year we’re doing it early while my sister-in-law is still on maternity leave.  I cannot wait to meet my new little niece and dip my toes into the ocean! 

I have another post planned for tomorrow, and I’ll have some posts going up during the week while we’re traveling.  I might even check in with a vacation update – we’ll see.  Hope your week is off to a great start!



Monday Mishmash.

HELLO MONDAY!!  And Happy February – how did that happen?  Let’s do the damn thing.  Right?  Monday is one of my working days where in theory I get lots of work done, but what actually happens is I get lost in my email and suddenly I have 40 minutes left before my babysitter needs to leave.  So let’s do the damn thing quickly.

So I feel a little sad admitting this, but I’ve officially quit Trader Joe’s.  I feel a bit like a traitor, but there were a number of factors leading up to this decision.  And I don’t know if it was really a “decision” as much as it just sort of happened.  And the biggest reason for it?

I discovered Costco.

I know the rest of the world has been shopping at Coscto for an eternity, and this is nothing new, but it is totally new and exciting for me!  I’ve had friends and family members harassing me to join for YEARS, and I don’t know why I resisted for so long.  LIFE CHANGING.  And hello, Costco is a Seattle company!

I always went to TJ’s for our staple items – things like canned goods, baking supplies, bananas, and my beloved soy coffee creamer.  The coffee creamer remains the ONE and only thing I have not found at Coscto, so the hunt continues for a suitable replacement.  But wow – Coscto is a million times cheaper, and has an incredible selection. 

I was really over TJ’s bad produce, but I’ve also been balking at the prices at Whole Foods.  And since it’s winter and the farmer’s markets aren’t as plentiful right now, I needed a better alternative.  Here are a few favorite things I’ve discovered so far…

These giant bags of salad mixes!  Oh my heavens!

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I’ve been making this one and adding a glazed tempeh to bulk up as a dinner salad.  Casey and I can almost perfectly split the bag as a meal.  We’ve also been splitting this one, with sautéed tofu mixed in – YUM. 

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And these little guacamole cups are perfect for the kids!  We never buy (or even make, for that matter) guacamole because it turns brown in like 30 seconds, but these portions are perfect.  They also have mini hummus cups that I’ve been packing in school lunches. 

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Other favorites include massive blocks of Beecher’s cheese, multi-packs of Field Roast, double packs of Dave’s Killer Bread, and enormous boxes of my kids’ favorite Fig Bars.  Costco, what took me so long!?

On that note, I promised you guys more food content here, and a better look into what we’ve been eating these days.  I’ve been snapping pics, but not actually sharing.  So here are a few meals I captured over the last few weeks…

The same Asian slaw mentioned above, served with coconut quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes.  Delish!

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I made this lunch on a particularly rainy day when I was dreaming of summer and our backyard cookouts.  It’s sauerkraut from Britt’s Pickles and a veggie frankfurter from Field Roast – two amazing Seattle companies!  My kids are seriously obsessed with sauerkraut – Cullen dips his hot dogs in the leftover juice – so bizarre!

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This was another leftover lunch – roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes mixed with some of the pre-cooked Love Beets <—another Costco find!  Washed down with Green Tea kombucha (my favorite flavor) and an extra cup of coffee because Graham likes to wake up at 5:30am. 

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And this was not homemade, but it’s my current favorite takeout for Friday or Saturday nights – veggie tofu pho from Lucky’s in Fremont.  There is nothing in the world better than piping hot broth and noodles mixed with simple veggies and tofu on a rainy day.  And it’s really cheap, which is a big plus. 

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Attempted to eat in front of the Making A Murderer Dateline special, but our cable recording was messed up (DAMN YOU, COMCAST!).  So instead we watched Sicario and it was terrifying and suspenseful and awesome. 

Our weekend was pretty low key – on Saturday morning I went for a 4.5 mile run with my friend, Lacey, and it was so hard and sluggish and felt more like 14 miles.  It was also freezing and windy!  The next time I decide to lay off the mileage over the winter, please remind me how much I hate myself for it every January. 

On Sunday morning, I went to yoga sculpt at CorePower, and I swear I was directly under the heater.  I have never been so hot in a class in my life!  It was so hard and so sweaty, and it was the first time I ever truly considered whipping my shirt off during class.  Luckily for those around me, I didn’t.

Speaking of running and workouts – I’m super excited to share that this is my second year as a Run Happy Ambassador for Brooks!  I felt so honored to join this group last year, and I know that being part of an awesome running community really boosted my running and races last year.  I’m hoping to live up to the opportunity again this year! 

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In case you didn’t know, Brooks is also a Seattle-based company, so I feel extra lucky to have all their awesome resources (an amazing flagship store, local group runs, local race sponsorship, etc.) right in my backyard.  As part of the Ambassador program, we get to try out certain gear throughout the season, and they just recently launched their incredible spring line.

I wanted to show you a few of the items I’ve been wearing non-stop.  Back in September, I showed you guys the amazing Joyride jogger pants.  Well the Brooks team did it again – and they created the Run-Thru Pant – a mesh jogger pant that is pretty much the only thing I wear. 

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The outside is made completely of mesh – which makes it looks super 80’s but in the best kind of way.  The inside is totally lined for comfort and privacy.  It has a wide-banded waist for maximum comfort, and thick bands at the ankles too.  And giant pockets for keys or phones or whatever.  I’m honestly sort of embarrassed at how often I wear these.  If they release them in black I’m snatching up another pair immediately.   

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And yes, my booty is beyond large and in charge.  I’ve given up hating it and am trying really hard to embrace my curves while continuing to focus on fitness.  If only I had some boobs to balance it out!

I’ve also been loving the Run-Thru Jacket – the meshy couterpart to my beloved pants (although I don’t actually wear them together – hello tracksuit!). 

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Unlike the pants, the jacket is unlined – so it is actual, breathable super light mesh.  It is perfect for mild runs where you need more than a tank, but still need to breathe and not suffocate.  And I know this will be my go-to jacket as the temperatures warm up in Seattle.  I forced myself out of my comfort zone and went with bright pink – loving it!

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And finally, I showed you guys my black and grey Brooks Vanguards last season, and told you I was coveting the gold and tan color.  Well clearly I couldn’t resist them. 

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They are hands down my favorite casual shoes – the perfect mix of comfort and style.  I LOVE the metallic gold – it dresses them up a bit!

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Last but not least, this has nothing to do with Costco or Brooks or anything else I’ve been rambling about, but I had my camera out for once and thought I’d share one more favorite thing.  I got a Lululemon gift card that’s been burning a hole in my wallet since Xmas, and I finally splurged on something fun and new! 

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I picked up the That’s A Wrap top, and it is so perfect for wearing to and from workouts.  I never normally buy any of their jackets or wraps because they are so pricey, but I figured a gift card was the perfect time to treat myself to something out of the ordinary.  I love the giant pockets and the fact that it comes up high on my neck, and that it is long enough to cover my butt.  I plan to live in this until summer. 

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And now I’m out of time and need to go relieve the babysitter!  So my random ramblings are over.  We have Casey’s parents coming into town next weekend, and his dad will be helping with a laundry room renovation, so I am seriously excited about all of that. 

Back in a bit – hope your week is off to a good start!!

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