Mary Makes Good

I'm an author (The Natural Beauty Solution), professionally trained cook, crunchy mama, and freelance creator based in Austin, Texas. My blog, Mary Makes Good, serves as a resource for natural living, home cooking, and everyday creativity.

When I’m not writing or working on recipes and projects I’m dreaming of my next adventure or making music with my family. My husband and I are avid world travelers and have explored many parts of Europe, Asia, North America, and the United States.

Happy Holidays!

Somebody is really excited for Christmas this year. He even asked to meet Santa! With just a short handful of days before our holiday begins, and the deadline for my book, The Handmade Mama, coming up fast, I've decided to step away from Mary Makes Good until the new year ....more

Orange Blossom & Vanilla Bean Milk Baths

When it comes to making holiday gifts, I'm a bit of a last-minute maker. Luckily, handmade bath and body treats, like these layered milk baths, can usually be made quickly. And despite being thrown together at the last moment, they look pretty impressive too! ...more

Butternut Squash Fries with Miso Sauce

I shared this recipe for tasty roasted butternut squash fries on Sofab Food. These savory Roasted Butternut Squash Fries pair perfectly with Red Curry Miso Sauce. Keep this recipe around during the holidays to serve as a party appetizer, a unique side dish, or just as a delicious snack during your busy day! ...more

More More More: Handmade Holiday Gifts and a Prayer Request

First things first, I've got some personal news to share, and a favor to ask. After many months of trying, I got a positive pregnancy test this month. (My post on dealing with negative tests could not have been timed more ironically ....more

Cracked Pepper & Parmesan Butternut Squash Soup

There are certain ingredients that I never seem to tire of, and butternut squash is among them. Roast it, steam it, puree it, or leave it in hunky chunks, I'll always welcome butternut squash to the table. My husband, on the other hand, is not quite to squash crazy ....more

Striped Holiday Light Wall {A Home Tutorial}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Book Update: The Handmade Mama

Fruit Teas for Mama | The Handmade Mama Sometimes it feels like it's taken an eternity to put together my second book, but I'm pleased to report that the project is finally coming close to being finished. The bath and body projects and healthy cooking recipes have all been formulated, tested, and photographed - just leaving me the sewing projects and some writing to finish up. I'm thrilled to be working with Kimberly Davis again on the new book ....more

How I've Learned to Cope With Negative Pregnancy Tests

Ahh, the home pregnancy test. When I stop to look at it, this small medical marvel is as iconic to my own womanhood as lipstick or moon pads. I can't possibly count how many tests I have taken throughout my life, but my expectations and reactions to the results of those tests clearly mark out the eras of past ....more

DIY Bandana Bento Bags {Craft Tutorial}

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Three Simple Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more
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