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Mary Helen
Austin, TX
I can Haas Avocado?
Interests: Mary Makes Good is a lifestyle blog featuring whole food recipes, DIY projects, natural beauty, and a parenting diary.
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Printable cards to share with your best lady-friends on Galentine's Day! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Mary Makes Good
Simple meditation exercises for super busy lifestyles. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Mary Makes Good
This super easy whipped body butter is made with just two ingredients and comes together in 15 minutes or less! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Mary Makes Good
Disclosure: This post is peppered with affiliate links and codes that help support Mary Makes Good by earning itty-bitty commissions or freebies. Some of them even get you special deals, so yeehaw! This post is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance's 2016 City Guide. Check out the full guide for local blogger recommendation for the best eats in Austin. I'm all for a good old-fashioned home cooked meal. In fact, I look forward to my time in the kitchen each day. To me, cooking is almost like meditation. I get to focus on one task at a time, quieting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
A simple Japanese rice seasoning using healthy ingredients like flax seed meal, sesame seeds, and kelp powder Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
A luscious homemade sugar scrub using roasted coffee, toasted coconut, and moisturizing oils. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
Oh avocado. You are a marvelous thing, aren't you? Mashed and swirled with lime you become a tasty chippable dip. Blended into soups or smoothies you lend a smooth richness on par with butter or cream. Spread on toast you are better than butter - adept at matching nearly any flavor you choose to accompany. I think I love you, avocado. And so today I spread you, like the aforementioned dairy-based treat, over a hunk of grainy toast before covering you in black eyed peas. They are good luck, you know - particularly at New Years. Texas Caviar Toast Makes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM Casa de Luz | 1701 Toomey Road | Austin, TX 78704 Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Make It Good Apothecary
In which our little C-Man goes from babe to tot! Where did the time go? Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
A gorgeous, colorful facial mask to cheer up gloomy Winter days. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
A hot breakfast smoothie made with fresh almond milk, flax oil, and plant-based protein. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
I'm not one of those people who obsessively makes every ingredient in their pantry from scratch. Don't get me wrong. I'd LIKE to be one of those people. I've even tried to be. Unfortunately, that kind of 100% total from-scratch lifestyle just isn't in the cards during this particular stage of my life. At this point, if I can cook a meal at home instead of driving through some god-forsaken window somewhere I call that a win. So you might be surprised to know that I prefer making my almond milk at home, from scratch. There are a few reasons... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
Prevention's R3 Summit will be coming back to Austin in just ten more days! Use code R3BLOG to take $20 off your weekend pass. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
The overall theme of this year's new years resolution is "self-love". 2015 was a rough one. It started strong with my first book coming out and getting to watch my first baby grow into a toddler. Then in the summer my world was shaken up. Despite the quakes I have managed to keep plowing ahead - signing a second book deal, starting my own business, and snagging a few really fun freelance gigs. My son continues to inject even the darkest days with boundless joy and for that I am grateful. Here's hoping that 2016 will be a good one.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Mary Makes Good
An easy recipe for an immunity boosting smoothie made with raspberries, red bell pepper, avocado, lime and coconut. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
A gift guide for kids between 1 and 2 years old. So you want to buy something for your loved one's little boy or girl and you aren't sure what? My first and best advice would be to ask the parent. Surprises are fun, but birthdays and holidays are also times where Moms and Dads have an opportunity to see their kids furnished with stuff that they might really need - like new pajamas, shoes, or specific toys and books to fill a developmental need. Even if you get kiddo something on Mom and Dad's list it will still be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
I'm probably not the only one whose most ingrained memories of the holiday season revolve around food. There are certain recipes that bring me right back to a lifetime of crowded Thanksgiving tables and bustling Christmas Kitchens. My Grandfather's lobster bisque, my Mother's eggnog sugar cookies, and my Dad's Belgian waffles are just a few that come to mind. It's not just the memories, or even the flavors that designate certain recipes as holiday foods. It's also the time and care involved in the preparation of these treats. It's not everyday that we spend hours working on a meal for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by The National Honey Board Oh pumpkin, Autumn's most delicious siren, calling hordes of sweet-toothed revelers into the arms of caffeinated beverages and spiced baked goods everywhere. Sometimes I think that pumpkin is downright devilish, but the truth is she's not all that bad. In fact, pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps forms and maintain healthy skin. To me, all of that Vitamin A has the words "facial masque" written all over it. I decided to use some fresh roasted pumpkin puree to moisten a simple besan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
I was co-working with a friend the other day and she dropped a term that really resonated with me: serial entrepreneur. If ever there were a label for my very specific affliction this would be it. I am an idea girl at heart, and have a tendency to spend more time daydreaming about businesses than actually starting them. As such, I know that I've said this before, but THIS TIME I really do mean it. I'm starting my own business! Make It Good Apothecary will be a shop and educational hub for DIY beauty. I'm starting off by selling copies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
It seems the more complicated things become outside of the kitchen the more I find myself craving simplicity within its walls. Cooking has always been calming to me, but now my floors are constantly sticky and my counter tops seem to be forever piled with madness. My little hideaway just doesn't promise the same meditative quality that is once had. In those rare moments when I do actually clear the counters, empty the sink, and pull out my chef's knife I am often way too exhausted to consider making anything more complex than a a bowl of cold cereal. Such... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
When CC was an infant I would sometimes wake in the night with my heart pounding out of my chest, overcome with the pure and undiluted anxiety that I imagine all mothers must taste at some point or another. Those were the times when I thanked goodness for the invention of our co-sleeper, a device that allowed my baby to remain within touching distance throughout the long nights of his infancy. I would reach out, lay my hand on his sleeping belly, wait breathlessly, and finally exhale when I was rewarded with some small sound or movement. During the years... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
Roasting and pureeing your own pumpkin is an easy, but essential step in making any delicious or nutritious pumpkin-flavored recipe. It even freezes well, so savvy pumpkin lovers can keep an eye out for low prices, roast up a huge batch all at once and store their bounty safely in the deep freeze until it's time to party. Start off by picking out a good-looking pumpkin. You don't want a massive Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin for this purpose or any kind of frilly decorative gourd. While those pumpkins might work in a pinch, or in some cases even be superior in flavor... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
I hope that if you are in Austin this weekend you can make it out to one or both of these fun (and free) events. I will be out there spreading the natural beauty goodness and it would be wonderful to see you! West Elm Pop-Up Saturday, 10/03 | Noon to 4pm 1011 West 5th Street Austin, TX I'm going to be hosting a free DIY besan facial bar at West Elm's Pop-Up shop this Saturday. Stop by to say hello, maybe grab a copy of my book, or a kit from my newest project, Make it Good Apothecary. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
Would you believe me if I told you these were fifty thousand dollar cookies? It's OK. I probably wouldn't believe me either, but stay with me here. You haven't heard the whole story yet. It all started back in 2011 after Japan was struck by a devastating tsunami. A handful of home bakers and food bloggers felt for the people suffering in the wake of this natural disaster and put together a massive citywide bake sale to raise money for their relief. I was still pretty new to Austin so I thought volunteering at one of the sales might be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Mary Makes Good
Who's got two thumbs and is feeling the love so hard right now? This girl. The Natural Beauty Solution Blog Tour is just wrapping up so I thought it might be fun to take a moment to thank all the wonderful bloggers who participated and to share a little bit about each of their posts. It Takes Time | Rosemary Pale Ale Shampoo Bars Andrea kicked things off by trying out my recipes for hand-milled shampoo bars. Her soaps looked gorgeous! Andrea contributed one of the book's "Ask a Natural Beauty Expert" segments. I asked her to share some tips... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Mary Makes Good