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.

Upcycled Tire Wall Planters

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been really working on getting our front porch in tip-top summer shape. We have a ton of outdoor living space that we really haven’t done a very good job of utilizing over the past two years that we’ve lived here. We have a really nice covered porch on the front of our house, and an absolutely huge deck on the back of our house ....more

Coffee-Banana Smoothie Packs

Smoothies are a new parent’s...more

Daily Eats: Breastfeeding Edition

Breastfeeding is crazy, y’all. Not only do I find it totally insane (and amazing) that my body can produce all the nutrition that a tiny human needs to survive and grow less tiny, but I’m also fascinated by the way nursing affects my body. I had heard that exclusive breastfeeding burns about 500 extra calories a day, but I don’t quite think I grasped what that meant in terms of eating and energy levels for me postpartum ....more

Homemade All-Natural Bug Spray (That Actually Works!)

I’m a bug magnet. And I always have been. Craig and I can be sitting outside, and within five minutes, I’ll get bit no less than 10 times, and the bugs wont even come near him ....more

Whole Wheat Freezer Pizza Dough

Every Friday in our house is pizza night. Back before we changed our diet, it usually meant ordering delivery from the local pizza joint (and occasionally, it still does—yum), but more often than not, now we do homemade pizza. We usually load it full of whatever veggies we have kicking around the fridge or coming off in the garden and blanket it with cheese ....more

June Bug’s Birth Story

I went back and forth about sharing Juniper’s birth story. I always knew I wanted to write it for me, but I just really couldn’t figure out if I wanted to share it publicly or not. The truth is, there are few things more personal and precious than the birth of your child, and, for some reason, I was afraid that sharing it with the masses might cheapen that feeling ....more

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