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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.



Back to School With Bombas.

Fall is slowly arriving in Seattle, and I feel ready!  I am trading in the flip flops for the sneakers and boots again, and doing my best to keep my feet warm on these recent chilly mornings.  Thankfully, I have some new Bombas socks to help with that!

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But I’m not the only one rocking the Bombas in our house.  There is also an AMAZING new Bombas Kids Collection, with calf, knee, and ankle sock options for the tiniest little feet.  And just in time for back to school season!

When we first tried out the kids’ socks in the spring, they were a bit too big for Graham, but they were perfect for Cullen.  And he absolutely LOVES them!  Most of his kid socks are super thin and worn, so these are a major upgrade.  He wore the calf socks all season long with his t-ball uniform – the perfect sock for filling that gap between cleats and baseball pants!

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And since t-ball started in March, we had a lot of rainy practices and games.  He is like his dad in that he never complains, but I still felt good knowing his feet and ankles were dry and toasty. 

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He also rocked the calf socks along with his adorable little running shorts during the Brooks Trailhead Kids Race!  He got lots of compliments on his gear, and he kept the socks on all day long afterward.  He was so proud to look and feel like a real runner!

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Recently Bombas also launched a new line of Toddler Socks, and they are a HUGE hit on our house.  I was so excited to see that they fit both kids perfectly, and believe me when I tell you that they have worn them every day since they arrived. 

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The boys love the athletic stripes and picking different colors each day, and I love that they actually have socks that stay up and are thick enough to protect their feet.

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And while it might seem excessive to buy higher-end socks for two year olds, any mom of little ones knows that socks can actually be a HUGE battle.  The toe seams are lumpy and uncomfortable, the flimsy material  can bunch and cause meltdowns, and just the process alone of getting them on is can be enough to wave the white flag. 

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These are so thick and seamless that the boys can actually get them on by themselves, which is a GAME CHANGER when we are trying to get out the door to school.  They have both also been insisting in sleeping in them at night.  They keep their shoes off when they are inside at school, so it’s nice that they have warm soft protection on their feet now in the classroom too. 

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My other favorite part?  The bottoms of the toddler socks are all grey colored, so instead of looking filthy brown or discolored, they just look, well – grey!

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With most kids heading back to school this month and fall weather arriving, now is the perfect time to stock up on new socks for the whole family.  Use the code DAILYGARNISH to get 20% off your purchase – applies to your first order of any size!

I wrote about Bombas a few years ago when the company was just taking off, but since then they have added a number of new styles and color options, which is really exciting.

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If you are new to Bombas, let me fill you in.  They are athletic-leisure socks – or “athleisure” which is one of my favorite words.  They are high quality athletic socks with the following innovative features:

  • Stay Up Technology – the calf socks don’t slip down at all!
  • Blister Tab – the ankle socks have a tiny cushion that sits directly where your shoe hits your leg to prevent painful rubbing and chafing (which every runner has experiences!).
  • Invisitoe – no more annoying bump that runs across the toes on most socks.
  • Y-Stitched Heel – A Y-shaped stitch creates a natural cup around your heel, so your sock stays in place and doesn’t move around while the rest of you is moving!
  • Extra Long Staple Cotton – warm in the winter, cool in the summer, with natural moisture wicking properties.

But the thing I love most about Bombas is that they are a company who gives back.  For every sock purchased, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need.  Did you know socks are the number one clothing request at homeless shelters?  Here in Seattle, local government has declared a state of emergency over homelessness, and it’s something that is on my mind every single day living in the city.

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Bombas doesn’t just donate the same socks that they sell to consumers – they have formulated a special donation sock to meet the needs of those who wear them.  They have darker colors (to make wear less visible), an anti-microbial treatment, and reinforced seams for better durability.

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Can you imagine not having a pair of clean, dry socks?  It really puts life into perspective when you think about all that we are so fortunate to have.  Our family donates clothing and children’s items to different charities here around the city, and I hope to get the boys involved in volunteering when they are a bit older.  Since launching in October 2013, Bombas has donated over 900,000 socks to those in need – pretty incredible!

When I first tried Bombas back in 2014, they were just offering the Originals style for men, women, and kids.  Since then the lineup of products has really expanded!  My new personal favorite is the Invisibles line!

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I wear my Brooks Heritage Chariots or Vanguards every single day (no exaggeration).  I wear them with yoga pants to barre class, with jeans to chase my boys around the zoo, and in the evenings when I walk my pup around the neighborhood.  And up until now I’ve always worn them barefoot because I didn’t like the look of bulky socks sticking out.  Invisibles are  the perfect solution!

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I actually bought a pair of Brooks Vanguards for my sister for her birthday, and her first comment was “I really like them, but what socks do you wear?”  Now I guess I need to send her some socks as well.  My feet are so much more comfortable and warm, but you can’t see the socks at all.  I will be stocking up on these! 

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I love that Bombas has something for our whole family, and keeps us warm and protected through all the different part of our days. 

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Many thanks to Bombas for letting me try their new styles, and for offering a discount to Daily Garnish readers.  Have a great rest of your week!

This post is sponsored by Bombas.  Thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish.



Hello Monday.

I wrote and tried to publish this post yesterday, but for some reason it didn’t work.  So let’s give it a try again!

And hello AUGUST!  Where did that come from!?  And why is it 57 degrees outside in Seattle?  Weirdest summer ever. 

This summer has been different with the kids starting school last month.  It’s making it feel like it is going by even quicker, now that we don’t have every morning wide open for adventures.  And yet somehow I am behind as ever – let me catch you up on last week!

I finally broke down and did exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do this summer – and I chopped all my hair off.  I couldn’t take another day of pony tail, and something had to give. 

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I’m really glad I did it – much more manageable and easy to take care of.  It might be mom hair, but it’s way better than my daily buns and pony tails, and I’m a lot more comfortable. 

Last week I also got to go to a special preview night at Brooks HQ here in Seattle, to see the launch of their new fall line of apparel and shoes.  One of the things I was most excited about?  This new Imperial shoe from the Heritage line.  I am seriously addicted to the Heritage (the casual everyday line) shoes, and this one will definitely be added to the lineup once it is released!  Can you see that it is trimmed in VELVET? 

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Speaking of the lineup, it’s gotten a little embarrassing…

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Like I said, I have a major thing for the Heritage shoes.  I have both the Vanguards and Chariots, and love them both.  I wear these every single day – with the kids, walking the dog, traveling, with shorts, with pants, with dresses.  I’m hooked.  Most of these I’ve bought myself but as part of the Brooks Blog Ambassador program, I got to try a pair of the new City Chariots, and I chose this awesome neutral grey pair.

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They are perfect because my other pairs are all pretty wild and flashy, so these are a great simple alternative when I need something more muted.  And as soon as they arrived, Casey liked them so much that he went and got a pair of the mens’ version for himself. 

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We both wear them all the time, and we both rocked them at Vegan Beer Fest down in Portland earlier this summer.  We both also have the Mariners blue and green style, and wear our matching shoes to games.  Nerd alert!

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I used to wear a lot of TOMS as my daily shoes, but these have definitely taken over.  I love that they are cute and stylish but also comfortable and good for my feet.  I get compliments on my gold pair every time I wear them!

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Beyond the Brooks event, Casey and I escaped for a rare date night last weekend too!  We hadn’t been out just the two of us in months, and it was so needed.  We spent the night at Century Link Field dancing and singing to Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney, and it was a BLAST.  Summer concerts are the best!

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And with a summer that is packed with travel, farmer’s markets, and visitors, we finally had a nice low key weekend at home.  We took the kids mini-golfing, and just enjoyed being together and having beautiful weather. 

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And beautiful it was!  Summer (finally) arrived in Seattle for at least a little bit.  Long enough for us to break out the goggles (only way he would do it!) and run through the splash pads.  This was our first trip to the splash park of the summer, and I can’t believe it took so long.

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We’ve done a ton of the pool this summer too, and lots of family swim nights, which has been really fun.  Cullen is SO close to swimming on his own, and I think with a little more practice he’ll have it.  I’m crossing my fingers he is swimming on his own by the time we go to New Jersey in a few weeks!

And today, we are settling back into home and routine after a quick-but-wonderful weekend at the Oregon Coast.  I am missing the beach, but grateful for the chance to sit down and catch back up.  I’m back to packing lunches and setting my alarm for 5am – which is also fun in it’s own way.  Routine can be nice. 

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Coming up soon, I’m planning to finally photograph and share the recipe that we use for our cauliflower crust pizza nights – we do this at least once each week.  Everyone in the family loves it, and we always fight over the last piece.  I’ll have it up here next week!

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More coming this week too, but for now – happy Monday! 

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