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Mary Helen Leonard
Works at Mary Makes Good
Attended Northwestern CT Community Culinary School
Lives in Austin, TX
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Carbs. Carbs. Glorious carbs! I shared some of my favorite places to indulge in New England's best ice cream, pizza, and more. Indulge at your own risk. #connecticut #travel #food #ontheblog  
Devouring Western Connecticut's best eats with a toddler in tow!
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#sponsored Randall's and White Wave Foods are celebrating Earth Month with the Every Cart Counts promotion. I've teamed up with these brands to share two delicious plant-based breakfast recipes, Vegan Berry & Banana Yogurt Pancakes and a Coconut Vanilla Protein Smoothie.
Sponsored: Two delicious plant-based breakfast recipes plus a look at the Every Cart Counts promotion by Randall's and White Wave Foods.
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Everything you need to know about eating sushi in Austin, presented by ATX's very own Sushi Girl!
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A little something for my fellow Austinites. I went a little overboard on this year's pizza post for the +Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. You're welcome!

#atxbesteats #austintx #atxeats #austineats  
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This homemade milk bath recipe will leave your skin feeling soft and supple, refreshed and invigorated!

Post: http://momsneedtoknow.com/how-to-make-homemade-milk-bath-great-gift-idea/

#diybeauty   #naturalbeauty   #naturalskincare   #essentialoils   #youngliving  
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Hey #Austin! I'm giving away tickets to my sister's comedy show this Friday. Don't miss I'm So Sorry with Caitlin McNally at The New Movement Theater! #austintx #comedy  
My little sister is putting on a solo comedy show and I'm giving away tickets!
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OK, you guys are going to love this one. I just shared a recipe for Loaded Cheddar Potato Gnocchi. Little pillows of potato pasta topped with creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, corn, chives, and chiles! This blog post was #sponsored by Randall's and includes a gift card #giveaway ! #mysignaturemoments #bacon Recipe: http://www.marymakesgood.com/2016/05/loaded-cheddar-potato-gnocchi-with-randalls.html
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Hey Austin! I hope you'll join me on 03/05 at The Pilates Bungalow for some DIY skin care love. We'll be making fresh, customized facials with the help of a professional esthetician and a buffet full of gorgeous all-natural ingredients! #austintx #diyskincare #naturalbeauty  
Sip on cocktails & snack on sweet treats while you learn how to create your own customized facial treatments using all-natural everyday ingredients with author, Mary Helen Leonard (The Natural Beauty Solution) and professional esthetician, Stephanie Circhirillo of Stephanie Aesthetics. The Workshop: Stephanie will provide mini skin care consultations to help identify your skin type and determine which qualities to look for in a facial masque. Ne...
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I have been having a great time thumbing through The Fish Sauce Cookbook by +Veronica Meewes today. From salads and soups to cocktails and desserts, the cookbook includes a really diverse collection of recipes featuring fish sauce. I am thrilled to have one of my favorite recipes included in this book. If you love fish sauce or adventurous cooking you have to check this out. #fishsauce #thefishsaucecookbook #cookbook  
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DIY pore strips to remove blackheads #diybeauty #nontoxicbeauty  
Did you know the popular brand of pore strips contain parabens?? Here's an easy, nontoxic, DIY pore strip that removes blackheads & cleans pores!
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DIY LIP SCRUB W/ BROWN SUGAR & COFFEE
I thought I'd put together a quick video today showing you guys how I create my go-to, DIY lip scrub. With fall fast-approaching I wanted to create something warm and cozy smelling so I added in some vanilla extract and coffee grounds. To make this lip scru...
I thought I'd put together a quick video today showing you guys how I create my go-to, DIY lip scrub. With fall fast-approaching I wanted to create something warm and cozy smelling so I added in some vanilla extract and coffe...
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  • 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
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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.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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
Public - 3 years ago
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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
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago