Back to Her Roots

By day, Cassie Johnston is a graphic designer, but after hours, Cassie is obsessed with all things health and wellness.  After gaining the Freshman 50 in college, Cassie had a lightbulb moment at a doctor’s appointment and left the office ready to change her life. Fifty pounds later, a new-found passion for the healthy living was born. This love of all things health and wellness, lead to a second career in food, fitness and motivational writing.

She currently splits her freetime between blogging, recipe development and photography. Her recipes and articles have appeared on websites for major brands and in the pages of glossy food magazines. She blogs daily about her daily fitness and food adventures (and misadventures) at Back to Her Roots.

Cassie lives in Southern Indiana with her husband, Craig, plus their two fur-children, a terrier mix named Rory and a fuzzy gray kitten named Sookie. She’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, bacon, sports, trashy TV and good local beer. She tried her hand at long distance running—completing her first, and probably last, half marathon in 2011—but outdoor adventuring is what really gets her juices flowing. On the top of Cassie’s fitness bucket list? Hiking the Grand Canyon from rim-to-rim.

Tutorial: Giant Ruler Growth Chart

I think pretty much everyone has a story about where in their childhood home they marked their height as a kid. I always loved the idea of having a visual representation of a kid’s growth in the home, but I never loved the permanence of it all. I grew up in one house, and then moved to another when I was 11—and with that move, my growth marks stayed behind ....more

Spaghetti Pie

I was flipping through a cookbook the other day specifically packed with recipes that were good nutritional options for breastfeeding mothers (who knew there were such things?!). One of the foods the book kept talking about was lasagna. Apparently it’s a great balance of protein, carbs and fat that help keep Mom’s body firing on all cylinders ....more

Baby’s First 4th of July

I hope you all had an awesome holiday weekend! We had absolutely gorgeous weather here, and even though we’re still getting used to life with an itty bitty baby, we tried to make the most out of our festive weekend. As I’ve mentioned before, Independence Day is a big honkin’ deal where we live, so we really wanted to try to get out to enjoy a little bit of the town’s celebration this year ....more

Tutorial: American Flag Yarn Wreath

The 4th of July is a big deal where I live. We’re in a teeny, tiny town, but, man, we seriously know how to throw one heck of a birthday party for the good ole U-S-of-A. In fact, our Independence Day celebration is our claim to fame—we have the oldest consecutive 4th of July celebration in the States ....more

Our Baby Girl’s Nursery

Now that our little girl is here, I figured it was time to give you guys a little tour of her nursery! We actually managed to finish the nursery only a few days before Juniper made her arrival, and I’m thankful I snagged some pictures that day, because it’s definitely hard to keep it neat and tidy with all the activity that goes on in there (and she isn’t even sleeping in there yet). Worth noting, this is the hardest room in the house to get pictures of because it is super dark in the summer! ...more

Tutorial: 10 Minute Maple Leaf Onesie

Happy (almost) Canada Day, friends! I have a fun little tutorial to share with you today to celebrate the Great White North. Even though Craig and I live in the States (and love where we live), we both try really hard to make sure our house has a lot of Canadian love all year ’round—and we plan on passing around the love of Canadian culture to our little girl, too ....more

My First Week of Motherhood

I know it’s cliché to say when you have a baby, but holy cow, how is it possible that our little June Bug is already a week old? It’s crazy, because I’ve been awake for probably twice the amount of time this week as I was last week, but this week feels like it’s half the length. It’s a very strange feeling to want both time to completely stop and wanting it to speed up ....more

Wellness Calendar: July 2014 (Free Printable)

June is almost over, and that means it is time for a brand new wellness calendar! If you’ve never downloaded one of my wellness calendars before, these little guys have a daily wellness-focused challenge. When you put them all together, you’ve got yourself a great start to a healthy month! ...more

Welcome to the World, Baby J!

Craig and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter: Born June 21, 2014 at 10:50am 8 pounds 2 1/2 ounces 20 1/2 inches long We’re all healthy, happy, and absolutely thrilled! Thank you all so much for your kind words! Lots more updates to come, but for now, I’m gonna go back to snuggling my little girl ....more

10 Goals for 31

Happy Friday, friends! Today isn’t just any Friday, it’s my 31st birthday! We’re still in waiting-for-Baby-J holding pattern...more