Gretchen Pierce

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Gretchen is a former communications manager turned stay-at-home mom to son Shepherd (Dec. 2016) and daughter Rosemary (Oct. 2019). She grew up in Minnesota and the D.C. area but is so happy to call Austin home, even in the summer. Gretchen and husband Ryan also have two high-maintenance fur babies, Hank and Gracie. She is a wannabe minimalist who enjoys tennis, creative projects, lake time, and spending time outdoors with her kids as much as possible.
Holiday Events Austin

15 Holiday Events in Austin

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15 Holiday Events in Austin | We may not have snowy white winters or cozy fireplace weather during Austin’s holiday season, but that doesn’t stop us from having festive traditions. There are so many...
Doula

Why You Should Have a Doula at Your Birth

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Soon after you get pregnant, you might start putting together your baby registry. You think of all the things you’ll need for diapering, feeding, bathing, and sleep. But in addition to the tangible stuff,...

I’m a “Puddle Parent,” and Here’s Why

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Helicopter parent. Snowplow parent. Tiger parent. Jellyfish parent? I’ve never strongly identified with any of these parenting styles, but recently I heard one that I can get on board with: puddle parent. Broadly defined,...
Outdoor Classes

COVID-Safe Outdoor Classes and Activities for Young Kids

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After giving birth to my second child in October 2019, I had visions of doing all sorts of outings with her once she was a little older. I imagined we would spend mornings, while...
Phone

Dear iPhone: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You

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I listened to an interview with Elon Musk a while ago in which he said, “Your phone is already an extension of you. You’re already a cyborg.” I have been so addicted to my...

Let’s Talk About Period Underwear

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A couple months ago, after years of ignoring relentless social media ads, I finally tried period underwear. (We’ll go with underwear instead of that dreaded "p" word.) It took me so long to get...

Splash Pads in and Around Austin

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No matter what the calendar says, the temperatures outside are telling us that summer is here. Which in Texas means making a beeline for any place that has shade or water, hopefully both. Thankfully...

Parents, It’s Okay to Grieve the Small Pandemic Losses

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My daughter was five months old when the country shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was finally feeling the newborn fog beginning to lift and slowly settling into life as a mom...

Favorite Diverse Board Books Featuring Faces of Color

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As part of my commitment to raising race-conscious children, I’ve been diversifying our bookshelves—purchasing and checking out books from the library that feature faces and characters from all different races and ethnicities. I want...
Independent Play

How to Encourage Independent Play in Your Children

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Back when I was a new mom, I thought I had to play with my baby all the time. Even if my son was content, I felt guilty when I left him playing on...