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Mary Helen Leonard
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I'm having a release party for my book next Tuesday (June 30) at +in.gredients in Austin, Texas. I hope you'll join me as I demo DIY beauty recipes, sign books, and celebrate the release of my first book, The Natural Beauty Solution! 

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Join author Mary Helen Leonard as she celebrates the release of her first book, The Natural Beauty Solution. 

This cozy launch party will include book signings, DIY beauty demos, and free samples of beauty recipes from the book. 

BOOK SIGNING
Books will be available for purchase. Please RSVP and mention that you'd like to buy a book to reserve your copy. Or, you can email Mary Helen at MaryHelen@MaryMakesGood.com

PRE-ORDERS
If you pre-ordered the book through Mary Helen's shop you can pick it up at the event! Just email Mary Helen or mention that you'd like to pick up your pre-order on this event page so Mary Helen at MaryHelen@MaryMakesGood.com so she knows to bring your copy. 

DEMONSTRATION
Mary Helen will be making several recipes from the book and sharing samples from the demonstration batches with guests. Come and learn how to make Lip Balm, Fresh Clay Facials, and Homemade Skin Cream! 

HAPPY HOUR
As always, In.gredients will be running happy hour specials from 4 - 7 pm offering specials on their great selection of drinks including beer, wine, and draft kombucha!
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My book, The Natural Beauty Solution, is coming out next week! I'm taking pre-orders up until June 15 so there is still time to snag a bonus goodie and a discount on a signed copy sent directly from Yours Truly. Check out my blog for details!
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The official pre-sale for my book is just getting started! I'm way beyond excited to share this with you. It's the result of ten years spent blogging and working in the natural beauty industry and over twelve months of writing, formulating, photography, and editing. After all that - it's finally going to be here on June 15! 

Get your copy directly from me to receive a special bonus! 
http://tinyurl.com/NBSbook

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Chicken Avocado Wraps recipe and a chance to win a trip to NYC with Nutrish #cheftails on the blog right now! Plus, learn how I became a crazy cat lady. #sponsored #ontheblog
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Rachael Ray's Nutrish brand pet food. I was compensated for creating this post, but my opinions are my own. I grew up in a house full of pets. In fact, I can't remember ever living in a house without animals. From the time I was born I was sharing my life with a parade of goofy Labradors and sassy house cats. It seems like my parents were always coming home with a new friend. One of our first pets, Muffe...
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Austin people, if you are free this Wednesday you need to get yourselves to my sister's sketch comedy show at The New Movement. I saw their debut last night and it made me cry laughing. I'm not just saying this because she's my sister, this shizz is really, really funny - plus it's only 5 bucks and BYOB, so hello cheap date! 

For real. Get there. Wednesday 8pm The New Movement Theater (616 Lavaca)

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Taken Seriously is a sketch group performing at The New Movement Theater in the heart of downtown...
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I completely redesigned and rebranded my website. I hope you'll like it! I combined my three former blogs into one massive blog megatron. Food, family, diy, crunchy hippie stuff - it's all there! 

(even bears playing the guitar)

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Confessions of a manic maker: whole food recipes, green living, natural beauty, arts, crafts, design, and family
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Why eat kale chips when you could eat SPICY kale chips? Recipe via +Theresa Greco and The Food Hunter's Guide. 

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Guest Post By: Paulding & Company Founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry, Paulding is a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement. Teaching people to cook, and...
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Join author Mary Helen Leonard as she celebrates the release of her first book, The Natural Beauty Solution. 

This cozy launch party will include book signings, DIY beauty demos, and free samples of beauty recipes from the book. 

BOOK SIGNING
Books will be available for purchase. Please RSVP and mention that you'd like to buy a book to reserve your copy. Or, you can email Mary Helen at MaryHelen@MaryMakesGood.com

PRE-ORDERS
If you pre-ordered the book through Mary Helen's shop you can pick it up at the event! Just email Mary Helen or mention that you'd like to pick up your pre-order on this event page so Mary Helen at MaryHelen@MaryMakesGood.com so she knows to bring your copy. 

DEMONSTRATION
Mary Helen will be making several recipes from the book and sharing samples from the demonstration batches with guests. Come and learn how to make Lip Balm, Fresh Clay Facials, and Homemade Skin Cream! 

HAPPY HOUR
As always, In.gredients will be running happy hour specials from 4 - 7 pm offering specials on their great selection of drinks including beer, wine, and draft kombucha!
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Wish I could come! Will definitely be picking up a copy at a later date :-)

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Do you love honey? Want to learn about how it's made and how you can use it for food, wellness, and beauty? Than you should come out to one of three free upcoming events put on my the National Honey Board! I'll be there - which is reason enough. Don't you think? (Insert winky emoji here.)

I will be making fresh batches of Honey Grapefruit Scrub at upcoming events in Seattle, Washington D.C. and Austin on behalf of The National Honey Board! 

Seattle, WA: May 11 at The Seattle Art Museum
Washington D.C.: May 19 at The Loft at 600 F
Austin, TX: May 21 at Vuka
I hope you'll join us for a fun and educational evening with demonstrations from experts on health, cooking, beekeeping, and of course, natural beauty. Marie Simmons, author of Taste of Honey: The Definitive Guide to Tasting and Cooking with 40 Varietals, will be there sharing a cooking demonstration. There will also be demos by a professional beekeeper and a registered nurse. 

I hope to see you there! If you do come by, make sure to stop and say hello!

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Hey Austin! I did you a favor and ate all the pizzas. You're welcome. 

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Note: This post has been updated from last year's guide to New York style pizza in Austin. Click here to check out last year's post. Let's talk about pizza, specifically, New York Pizza. What constitutes New York style pizza anyway? Is it the thickness of the crust, the flavor of the sauce, or the type of oven that it's cooked in? The short answer is "yes". It's all of those things, but above all, it's a combination of textures and flavors that s...
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You know how I feel about ice cream. Here is my guide to Austin's best, most unique scoops. What's your favorite? #atxbesteats   #icecream   #austin   #austintx   #atxfoodie   #austinfood  +Austin Food Blogger Alliance 
Psst. Have you heard? Crush-ins are so last season. The cool people are totally over them. Ice cream lovers in-the-know have developed a taste for frozen desserts with more unique characteristics. With the cupcake fad long dead, and a doughnut obsession well underway, will gourmet ice cream be the next national craze? One can only hope. Image courtesy of Ice Cream Social So where can sweet-toothed Austinites get in on a scoop of upscale ice cream...
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Hey did you know that I've been writing a book? My first book, to be exact! The Natural Beauty Solution (previously under the working title, Natural Beauty Reset) is a step-by-step guide to replacing your beauty products with a totally natural routine using easy handmade recipes and simple ingredients.

I just handed in the manuscript and finished up the photography. The book is coming out this Spring, and I can't wait to share it with you!

If you'd like to keep up with the book's progress please sign up for my mailing list. I'll be sharing information on pre-order specials, workshops, and demo events. 

#naturalbeauty   #DIYbeauty   #oilcleansingmethod   #nopoomethod   #naturalliving   #greenbeauty  
I'm writing a book! As the author of The Natural Beauty Workshop, I've been formulating natural and DIY skin care products for almost a decade. I'm excited to share the benefit of my experience in Natural Beauty Reset, a guide to ditching commercial products for a totally natural and homemade...
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Education
  • Northwestern CT Community Culinary School
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Female
Other names
Mary Helen Leonard, Emmy Gabriel, Mary Helen McNally
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Author of The Natural Beauty Solution, Crafty Bandit, Crunchy Mama and Natural Lifestyle Blogger living in ATX, Hand-Maker, Noodle-Nibbler, Day-Dreamer, Song-Bird, Herb-Gardener, Cat-Whispering She-Dragon
Introduction
Hello Google Plussers!  It's nice to meet you all.  I'm a writer and educator from Austin, TX. My true loves are natural living, food and music, but I'm pretty much a fan of anything creative.  If it involves making something with my own two hands, I've probably tried it.

My day job is writing a natural beauty blog at www.NaturalBeautyWorkshop.com

Follow the rest of my adventures at www.MaryMakesGood.com

Order my book (and learn how to replace all of your commercial beauty products with homemade alternatives that are WAY better) at http://tinyurl.com/NBSbook
Bragging rights
Lived in Beijing for Three Months (not like a tourist, more like a train wreck), Can be trusted around flames and sharp objects thanks to bonified culinary training, Known hamburgler
Work
Occupation
Author, Blogger, Designer, DIY Bath n Body Formulator
Skills
public speaking, teaching, writing, photography, graphic design
Employment
  • Mary Makes Good
    Blogger, 2007 - present
  • Natural Sourcing, LLC
    Writer, DIY Bath n Body Formulator, 2007 - 2012
  • Subway
    1998 - 2005
  • Sushi Yoshi
    1999 - 2001
  • Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse
    2001 - 2005
  • Pitney Bowes
    2005 - 2007
  • NMCCS Catering
    Prep Cook, 2010 - 2010
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    Cook, 2010 - 2010
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Currently
Austin, TX
Previously
Bangor, Maine - Yonkers, New York - Bethel, Connecticut - Beijing, China - Melbourne Beach, Florida - Austin, Texas
Conan's is known for their deep dish pizza, and wacky South-Austin vibe. Though deep dish pizza is not my personal favorite, I thought Conan's pie was as good as I'd had it anywhere else. The Conan the Barbarian artwork on the wall, and charming in-house folk singer made for a lovely evening though. I hope Conan's will remain a South Austin fixture for years to come.
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Imagine everything you loved about Elio's as a kid, then having all of that magic translated into really, really good deep dish pizza. That pretty much sums up Via 313. It starts out with a deep, puffy crust that is just greasy enough to provide a delightful crunch on the bottom. That tasty pillow is smothered in cheese that pushes all the way up to the edges of a square pan, burning it into a thick, crispy cracker. Gobs of sweet, chunky tomato sauce are plopped on the the pie after it finished baking, turning your whole idea of pizza upside-down. In short, Via 313 is unlike any pizza you've ever had, and it rocks.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Lately it seems like sausage is the new taco in Austin. Though Easy Tiger still reigns supreme in my book, it's neat to see another specialty sausage and beer house open up. We came here to meet up with the Austin Drink n' Click gang one night, and were impressed by the sheer volume of beer taps. Banger's has a huge draft selection, perfect for curious beer drinkers. Their sausage and sides were fun and tasty. The service was a little confused, but when we visited the place was still fairly new, so I'm guessing they might have worked out a better system by now. At the time, we shared one paper menu between about a dozen people, and waited eons for our orders to come out. Banger's has a dog run in the back, which I haven't had the chance to take advantage of yet. It seems like a cool idea, and I'd be curious to see it in action.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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Austin Java is a little pricey for my liking, but their coffee is always good, and their morning glory muffins are delicious. The location on Barton Springs also has a great patio that is perfect for lounging on a lazy afternoon.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Woodland is one of my very favorite places in South Austin. They specialize in Southern favorites, like meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and shrimp n' grits, all of which are well loved by my family. While their dinners are wonderful, what really sets Woodland apart is their pie. Cream pies seem to be their bread n' butter. It's worth visiting the Woodland just for the pie alone, so if you visit, make sure to leave room.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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I'm glad that Austin has Magnolia. This diner-style restaurant serves up a massive menu complete with everything from breakfast tacos to pasta alfredo. Though the food isn't always extraordinary, it's always pretty good, which is just what you should expect from a casual neighborhood place. Beware the Saturday and Sunday brunch crowds, as you could be stuck waiting for a table for some time. Instead, try stopping at Magnolia on the way home from a night out. Migas, home fries, or queso will help you sober up.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Recently I was invited to a tasting at Hyde Park Bar & Grill's south location. Their new chef has updated the menu with a whole bunch of new items, including a few things that I was pretty wild about. I had only been to Hyde Park's north location before the tasting, and I remember trying a couple of different sandwiches, and of course, their famous french fries. The new menu contains some much more exciting options, like sour cream and onion rings, modernized meatloaf, Ten Tomato Pasta, and vegan cauliflower steak (my personal favorite, served in a bed of spicy lentils and topped with mango and cucumber salsa). They are also rolling out a new vintage-inspired cocktail menu. All of the drinks were on the sweet and sour side, designed for patio sipping. I was treated to this tasting, but I honestly enjoyed everything on the new menu, and look forward to trying it again, especially the cauliflower.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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