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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.



Winter Weekend.

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s the first day of winter break here, so we are still in our jammies and it’s almost 9am – off to a good start. 

We had a really fun weekend full of winter adventures.  It’s been super cold here (by Seattle standards), but really sunny and beautiful.  I will take cold and sunny ANY day over gloom and rain.  Despite being frigid on Friday, my friend Nicki and I decided to mix it up and do something really special with the kids.  We parked downtown Seattle and then walked onto the ferry boat for an adventure across the Puget Sound.  Nicki came prepared with donuts, so everyone was pretty excited. 

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It was the most gorgeous crisp, clear day, and you could see perfect views of the city and the snow-capped mountains from the ferry.  We enjoyed the scenery from the boat for about 30 minutes as we rode across to Bainbridge Island. 

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It was my first time on the ferries since this past summer, which meant it was my first time also seeing our kombucha for sale in the ferry concessions area, which was really fun.  We are actually for sale on all Washington State ferries, which is a really exciting partnership for us. 

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We headed over to Bainbridge and then walked off the ferries and up to the Children’s Museum right in town.  By some miracle, we were literally the only people in the whole museum for the first hour we were there.  Eventually a few more people trickled in, but for the most part the kids had the place to themselves.   They were in heaven!

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After a few hours at the museum, we walked back to the ferry and caught the lunch boat home.  The kids ate and played Go Fish, while I sat there soaking it in and feeling so grateful to live in a place full of such beauty and opportunity for adventure.  

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On Friday night I went out to dinner with two of my good friends, which is always a treat.  And Saturday morning I was up early for barre3 with another friend – always a good way to kick off the weekend.  Once I got home from my class, Casey headed out for his workout, and I was trying to figure out what to do with the kids on a freezing cold morning.

The kids are always excited about movies, so we went to see the new Disney feature – Moana.  I’m not sure who liked it more, me or the boys. 

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It was so SO good, and we came home and sang the songs from the Soundtrack for the rest of the afternoon.  I can’t wait to watch it again when it comes to video!

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Our original plan for the evening was to do one of the holiday activities in the city, but by the time it was getting dark all my motivation had disappeared, and I really didn’t feel like standing outside in 20 degree weather.  So Cullen and I headed to the library to check out some new books. 

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He is such a little reader now, and it is REALLY amazing to watch.  It never gets old hearing him read me an entire book.  He will sit and read books himself for hours and hours – such a bookworm.  He loves this Fly Guy series, so he was really excited to find a bunch of those on the shelf. 

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We spent Saturday night at the house just reading and snuggling, and it was so nice to have a low-key night at home. 

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I had put this book on hold at the library, and it was finally ready to pick up, which was the main reason for our visit.  I started it on Saturday and can’t wait to get further into the story.

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On Sunday morning, I went to Orangetheory and was seriously hurting after four classes in a row.  I struggled through the hour long class with my only focus on getting through so I could go to brunch!

Afterward, I had an awesome brunch with my two besties – one of whom just came back from living in Hawaii for four months!  So fun to see her again and for all of us to catch up.  It was a good weekend, and a great start to our Christmas break.

Today, we are headed to Mt Rainier for the Polar Express train ride – the boys are SO excited!  Mom is pretty excited too.  So better go get ready for that.

Last but not least – the winner of the Brooks Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!  Thanks to all who entered!  The winner is Erin @ Her Heartland Soul – congrats!



Festive Friday (& A Brooks Giveaway!)

Happy Friday, friends!  We are cruising into winter break today, and we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of family from out of town.  It took me a little while to ease into the Christmas spirit when we came back from Thanksgiving, but now it is in full swing here at our house!

Every year I show you pictures of our holiday decorations, and every year it is the exact same thing – our tree, our hurricane vases full of ornaments, our advent calendar – yaaaawn.  This year I’m just showing you what’s new in our house, and some things we did a bit differently. 

The mantle is a big focal point of our downstairs, and I think it looks so beautiful this year!  Mom made us this gorgeous wreath, and it totally completes the scene. 

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I also got these cheap, simple white lit trees from Target, and I love the bit of extra light they add to the mantle.  I love anything that twinkles. 

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Another fun new add this year – I got simple gold frames (also from Target) for all of our annual holiday cards.  We’ve been doing them since 2012 and I have always saved a few extras. 

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This is one of my favorite spots in the house right now.  I LOVE seeing the pictures of the kiddos when they were so little, and remembering all our past holidays.

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Nothing new for the tree this year, but I did get Indy a big fluffy dog bed from Costco, and he loves sitting by the tree (ok, and the heating vent). 

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This is the view from the corner of our couch, and it’s my favorite seat in the house right now.  I love that I can see the dog, the tree, the garland, and the mistletoe all in one space – so cozy. 

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On our front hall table, I have this bowl of cards from years past – an idea I stole from my friend Katie.  I had stacks of saved cards from every year (since 2003! Amazing!) and I grouped them all into years and used binder rings to keep each one together.  It is so fun to look back and see all our friends and family, and see how much everyone has changed!  I love getting cards and I hate throwing them away, and now I’m so glad I didn’t.

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The kids got some cute reindeer placemats from Crate and Barrel this year – an impulse buy when I was returning something at the store.  They are super easy to clean and the boys love them, and now the kitchen has a bit of holiday cheer. 

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Another idea I stole from my friend Katie – the holiday book basket!  I took all our Christmas books and set them up together in a little basket on our playroom shelves.  The boys love picking one out each morning to read before school.  I plan to add a few more to the basket each year (and retire the ones they have outgrown as needed). 

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We bought this little pre-lit tree at Target last year for the playroom, and the kids put all their homemade ornaments on top.  They also added a train track around the bottom and set up their holiday Thomas trains – so adorable. 

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We are doing our Advent calendar as always, but have been a lot more low key about it than in previous years.  I want this time of year to feel relaxing and fun, and not over-scheduled and stressful.  We might not make it to every holiday event, but we are still doing our favorites.  We checked out Zoolights on a chilly Monday night and practically had the place to ourselves!

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And we were lucky enough to have a real SNOW DAY here in Seattle, which almost never happens.  The boys woke up to a winter wonderland last Friday, and we had a full morning of snowballs and hot chocolate and red noses.  I sure hope we get more snow this season. 

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I know many of you live in truly cold places, but it has been unseasonable cold for Seattle so far this year.  I even had to bust out Indy’s old doggie coat from our Ohio days this week, for a chilly walk in 20 degree temps.  Soooo thankful that Casey gave me my Christmas present early this year – a super warm winter coat!

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And speaking of surviving winter outside this year, before I go I have a fun giveaway for you guys from my friends at Brooks!  For all the winter runners and joggers out here, this is the ultimate stocking stuffer giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive:

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To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about the holiday season!  Winner will be chosen and announced on Monday (12/19).  Have a great weekend and HAPPY FRIDAY!

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