April 17, 2015


Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.


The days of al fresco dining, bistro lights, and outdoor furniture are upon us and I could not be more ready. Some of my favorite memories have been in the spring and summer on the back patio or deck, with chairs gathered from all over the house and friends who don't blink twice at my messy kitchen. I have a handful of recipes that work well for these kinds of big family dinners. Quick. Fresh. And easy to prepare. Sometimes it's nice to try something other than hamburgers and hot dogs. ;)

There are so many lovely things in this recipe...basil pesto, fresh corn, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil. I want to bottle it up and save it for winter.

I made my own pizza dough and I do believe it is the first time I've nailed the crust. My husband says it is because I didn't attempt another wheat recipe, hoping to finally crack the code to that difficult situation. I think I just got lucky. Either way, I'm sharing the recipe I used below. If you find yourself short on time, you could easily purchase refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joes. Or make the dough the night before and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator, letting it rest and come to room temperature whenever you're ready to bake. Nothing beats the smell of fresh, yeasty bread baking in the oven.
  I made my own pizza dough and I do believe it is the first time I've nailed the crust. My husband says it is because I didn't attempt another wheat one. I think I just got lucky. Either way, I'm sharing the recipe I used below, but you could easily purchase refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joes to save time.I made my own pizza dough and I do believe it is the first time I've nailed the crust. My husband says it is because I didn't attempt another wheat one. I think I just got lucky. Either way, I'm sharing the recipe I used below, but you could easily purchase refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joes to save time.

  • cherry tomatoes or 3 small plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • pizza crust (or you can use a Boboli)
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves
  1. Slice the tomatoes and place on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let stand for 20 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the corn, sugar, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured-with-cornmeal-pizza-pan and spread the pesto all over the top.
  4. Cover the pesto with the corn mixture, mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes.
  5. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven (the longer that it preheats the better, I try for at least one hour) for about 15 minutes. The cheese will be melted and the crust golden brown. Sprinkle with torn basil leaves.

1 tbls. yeast 
2 tbls. sugar 
1 tsp. salt 
2 tbls. oil 
1 cup warm water 
3 - 4 cups flour (start with less & add until good consistency)

 Let the yeast dissolve in the very warm water for about 5 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir with a dough hook on your mixer, or mix well by hand. Add in flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is elasticy and easy to form into a ball and knead. Knead for about 5 minutes. Grease a large bowl with butter and place dough inside. Turn once, to coat. Cover loosely with a damp cloth or saran wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until dough is twice its original size (usually takes about 45 minutes). Punch dough down. 

 Source: Baked Bree *All photography is my own.

Lily Jade Giveaway.

April 15, 2015

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a mama. 

My babies are one of the things that have given me life. They make me want to be better, they make me want to grow and soar and be the best version of myself. They make me want to be brave. 
Being a mother is one of the things that has made me the most real. Feel the most intensely in my life. Cry the hardest and face myself in the most intense way possible. It has shown me love in a way that I desperately hoped was real. An innocent, pure, unconditional love. In the purest most beautiful form. 

The intensity of which I love my kiddos can almost be overwhelming in moments, like the fear of allowing someone/ something outside of yourself to carry your heart at such a magnitude. I love them so much. The crazy thing, in my head I always thought it would get easier as they got older. Easier to have open hands with them, easier to not worry so much, easier to let go. But for me the struggle, at times, has intensified. The sweet conversations that are had concrete and seal so tight the intensity. The teary goodbyes, the pouring out of one's's literally the most beautiful thing I have ever been a part of. 

Growing up I always felt this way about my baby brother. I can remember laying awake at night, at such a young age, just worrying about him....begging God to protect him and let me take his burdens on for him. Looking back, it's crazy that I already had these feelings as a child towards loving someone else....I was a little mama. 

I love how each of ours are so different yet share that common thread. Each night I walk down our halls as the floors squeak with each passing step and I stand in awe that they are mine. The gratitude is never ceasing.

Our own childhoods shape us, people forever impact us and pour into us and love us. Whether it's our mamas or daddies, our grandmas or aunties. Maybe it's a best friend. People that rise up and do the late night feedings, the teeball practices or the 15th bedtime story. It's the sweet conversations about life and how we love others, how we view the world. The examples we set on how to be. How we love big and show kindness, how we let our babies grow up to be who they were made to be. How we help them get there. The late night dance parties, the family dinners, the bedtime prayers. The hard conversations and the pain of letting go a little bit along the way. 

At the end of my life....people aren't going to care how many followers I had or how successful I was or wasn't. They aren't going to care about all the surface stuff.
But how I poured into my kiddos will matter. How they were loved. How they saw me live out my life and where my priorities were placed.

Lily Jade is a precious company that celebrates mothers, it's one of the reasons I love working with them so much. They constantly celebrate motherhood and the precious strong women that daily pour into their littles, no matter what that looks like.

Today we want to celebrate you. And we want to hear your stories.

Tell us about motherhood, what it means to you. OR Tell us about the mamas that have shaped you. Or a mama's story that has moved you.
Write an (email) to with subject line “Motherhood”.

I will help pick the winner for TWO Lily Jade bags. 
One to keep and one to give away.

essential oils.

April 14, 2015

After my third miscarriage I decided to start seeking more answers and through a full panel of bloodwork and lotsssss of tests we have found many many of the answers we have been searching for.

It's crazy because my openness to see my body and health differently started about a year ago and has lead me down this amazing path that I never ever expected. 

Last summer I decided I was going to start sharing what our family was doing with Essential Oils and natural products and how it has forever changed our life! It has been so amazing to see a beautiful community form and see families and mamas benefit from being open handed with our own journey with oils.

I talk a little bit about our growing community here ( almost 1200 members as of today)!!

Oils, supplements, drinks, skincare, beauty, house cleaners....all in one place :)

I am running a fun little promo right now :) ( & it may not last long)!
**edited (deal ended april 16)
If you join my team ( click here) and purchase the Premium Starter Kit, I will send you one of these gorgeous glass bottles below! I use mine alllll the time!! 

If you're intimidated or overwhelmed by all the info, that is what we are here for! 
I would love to have you join us!

It has been such a beautiful thing for my little fam :)! 

pssssst! also check out #myoilyday on instagram today! A lot of us were sharing some fun routines in our oily days :).

Evy's Tree.

April 13, 2015

My sweet friend over at Evy's Tree is such a treasure.... I have loved so much getting to know her and collaborating with her over the years. Seriously these jackets are our FAVORITES, Ains & I wear them all the time. And now Apple is old enough to wear them constantly too! 

There are soooo many from her new line that I want so so bad. 
Check out this one and this one, eeeek! so cute! 

They are so so soft, amazing quality, super cute.... she is so amazing and I am so excited to share her with you today! Make sure you check out all her amazing options for you or your little ones! 

^^ This is a new one, as well as the pink one below! The others are favorites from past posts! ^^^

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"The Evy's Tree 2015 Spring​ Line hoodies are definitely a must for the wardrobe this year. The amazingly soft textures, unique designs, and color choices have made it very difficult to pick a favorite. Evy's Tree is mastering the hoodie business!"

lately in photos.

April 12, 2015