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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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We've made it through the first week of pregnancy (that I have actually been aware of) and while I don't want to jinx myself, I have to say I'm feeling good. That is, I'm feeling awful, which I feel great about. Haha. My HCG levels have been very high and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Mary Makes Babies
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There was a time when seeing these two little pink lines meant that I was having a baby. Instead, they now mean that I MIGHT have a baby. They could even mean I'll have two. Time will tell. If the last two days between HCG tests have been any indication,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
Trigger warning: graphic violence On a chilly December morning, many years ago, I was driving down a familiar main road between Bethel and Newtown Connecticut when the radio changed abruptly from the usual news and chit-chat to a disturbing announcement. Gunshots had been reported at Sandy Hook Elementary. The sweet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
A friend recently told me that my self-esteem was in the toilet and that she didn't like it one bit. She was one hundred percent right, and if I had to pick one defining change between the person I was before losing that baby almost three years ago, and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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So I've become that crazy lady in your neighborhood who you can hear screaming on her front lawn anywhere from mid to late afternoon. This kind of loss of control is something I've always been prone to, but I feel like I have been able to keep it under wraps... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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Spoiler: Not pregnant (again). Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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I hate taking progesterone. Of all the things I am willing to choke down, give up, or be injected with, progesterone is probably the thing I loathe most. I don't have many safe spaces in which to complain about such things, so this blog will have to do. I've taken... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
The femara worked and on Sunday an ultrasound showed one good sized egg (out of 20+ undersized follicles!) in my left ovary. It's kind of crazy that this ultrasound took place just ONE day from the exact date that we saw CC's egg for the first time. If I do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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Four years ago, during this EXACT week, I started taking Femara as the first step of our OIT (ovulation induction treatment). The little yellow pills were meant to help my body produce fully matured eggs that would be ripe for fertilization. I was a blubbering, nervous ball of emotion -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I never know what to say when the world lets it's crazy out and everything seems awful. But I know I should say SOMETHING. Ignoring hate, accepting bigotry as business as usual, or burying my head in the sand and trying to wish the bad stuff away makes me feel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
Looking for something? HOME RECIPES NATURAL BEAUTY & GREEN LIVING CRAFTS & DIY PARTY TIME MAMA DIARY MY BOOK SUBSCRIBE ABOUT Continue reading
Looking for something? HOME RECIPES NATURAL BEAUTY & GREEN LIVING CRAFTS & DIY PARTY TIME MAMA DIARY MY BOOK SUBSCRIBE ABOUT Continue reading
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I love blog conferences. There's something magical about connecting with people who do what you do, who share your passion for writing, creating, and over-sharing. Bloggers are my people, and as a work from home mama I often feel starved for connection and cooperative work. Earlier this year I pitched... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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Spearmint Dead Sea Mud Masque: A simle facial masque for deep cleansing - made with Dead Sea Mud and spearmint essential oil. Continue reading
We try to keep things natural around here, but the truth is that we didn't ALWAYS use cloth diapers with CC. Here's why. | Sponsored by Pampers at Sam's Club Continue reading
C has been biting babies lately. That's right, babies. As if it isn't mortifying enough when your small child decides to embed their tiny little teeth into human flesh - my kid prefers the flesh of those around (or under) one year old. This has been going on for a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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A quick and easy sewing tutorial for making water-resistant bags to hold your soggy swimsuits! #sponsored by Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Continue reading
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A behind the scenes look at a typical day in the life of a DIY blogger. Continue reading
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Learn to make your own adorable geometric quilted pillow cover using this tutorial I made for A Beautiful Mess! Continue reading
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Have you ever wished that you could learn how to recreate your favorite Pinterest projects with help from the actual blogger who created them? Pinner's is your big chance to so just that. This massive DIY conference brings together the best pinners on the web for two days of classes, lectures, and hands-on workshops for crafters, home cooks, photographers, quilters, and more. And this year, in Dallas and Phoenix, I'll be teaching classes! (Use promo code MARYHELEN to receive 10% off!) With more than one hundred workshops and classes to choose from, attendees are sure to enjoy days packed with... Continue reading
As parents, we all know that sooner or later we'll have to have "the talk" with our kids. Learning about the birds and the bees is an integral part of growing up, but isn't it usually reserved for teenagers? CC surprised me with some very intense questions the other night... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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An all-natural toner made with marigold tea, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Continue reading
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So this is awkward. Why we're not adopting after all. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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Big decisions for the Leonard family. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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Looking for a fun way to display your favorite Instagram shots? Visit A Beautiful Mess for my step-by-step tutorial on making Instagram Votive Candles with DIY photo transfer! Continue reading