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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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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 7 days ago 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
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My whole family in the same photo! Will wonders never cease? Continue reading
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Apple Peach Upside Down Cake - a simple cake recipe made with applesauce, diced peaches, and cherries. | Sponsored by Continue reading
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This simple stir fry recipe comes together in just about half an hour - perfect for busy weeknights! | Sponsored by Smithfield®. Continue reading
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This simple and delicious Honey Tarragon Roast Radish Salad recipe will bring a touch of flavor and whimsy to any spring menu! Serve this delightfully colorful salad with lunch, brunch, or your favorite casual supper. Find my recipe on Sofab Food. Continue reading
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I'll be teaching a full-day workshop on natural beauty and handmade skin care at The Open Center in New York City on May 13. Continue reading
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Tips come from my own personal experiences through decades spent looking for better, healthier, or more homemade solutions. | Sponsored by Amazon Dash Continue reading
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My first project for A Beautiful Mess was such fun to make. This tutorial takes a more in-depth look at the technique used to create gemstone cluster soaps - taking you through the step-by-step process with helpful visuals the whole way. Plus, I included the soaps in three more colors! Learn how to make amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, and quartz in the full tutorial over on A Beautiful Mess. Continue reading
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The Length of Our Tether | Mama Diary | On parenting a mom-obsessed child while holding on to my career. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
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Make Your Own Upcycled Bathroom Storage Jars | An easy upcycling project using a simple technique for making faux frosted glass. | #AD #Sponsored by Tom's of Maine® #LuminousWhites #CollectiveBias Continue reading