About the Author

Cassandra has been a fan of M+BL since 2010 and in 2012, she was hired on as Stephanie's assistant. Since then her role has grown into advertising management and Nutrition Editor for the blog. Living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter, Cassandra is currently pregnant with her second child and has started a blogging services business, specializing in virtual assistant placement.

Is Organic Junk Food the Gateway Drug to Eating Healthy?

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In the information age, we are constantly pulled between extremes of ideas and scientific understanding. We’re bombarded with conflicting information and powerful arguments to believe one thing or another. Many of us are left feeling guilty, or perhaps even superior, for our ideals or lack thereof. One pervasive idea is that junk food, of any… [read more]

9 Tips for Accurate Blood Pressure Readings


photo credit High blood pressure during pregnancy is a serious condition not to be messed around with. Although it is entirely possible to have an otherwise healthy pregnancy and delivery, getting diagnosed with hypertension is usually just the beginning of a cascade of interventions for most births, whether or not there are any other issues… [read more]

How To Look Good Without Makeup

How To Look Good Without Makeup

I don’t know about you, but as a mom with a two year old, I spend many days feeling run-down, burnt-out, draggin’-ass tired. That directly affects my appearance. The problem is that when I looked around for ways to spruce up my everyday look without going crazy, I couldn’t find many options. Have you seen… [read more]


sun set

I won’t lie that I really struggled to write this post. I wasn’t even sure if December would be a good time to share it because this sort of thing is generally saved for the time of renewal at the beginning of the year. Then I thought about the rampant depression that hits especially hard… [read more]

Making a Waldorf Doll


My daughter turned 2 in October. For a long time, really since I was pregnant, I had my eye on those neat Waldorf dolls. I saw them talked about and featured on so many different blogs, talking about the natural fibers and beautiful simplicity. The ones that struck me the most were people talking about… [read more]

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Healthy Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Fatty desserts can be really amazing if you do them right. As I pointed out in the original post, you don’t want to combine your fat with carbs, so it’s imperative that you find a recipe that is almost exclusively fat, or combined with just protein. A bit of sweetener is fine, but try to… [read more]