Gretchen Pierce

Gretchen Pierce
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Gretchen is a former communications manager turned stay-at-home mom to her son Shepherd, born in December 2016. She and husband Ryan moved to Austin in 2014 from the Washington, D.C. area after spending time at Ryan’s family ranch in the Hill Country and falling in love with the area. They also have two high-maintenance fur babies, Hank and Gracie. Gretchen enjoys tennis, creative projects, lake time, and finding kid-friendly fun in Austin with her active son.

Naptime Is for Me, And I Can’t Survive Without It

  Nap-time Is for Me, And I Can’t Survive Without It It’s 1:45 p.m. My son is supposed to be napping, and I’m supposed to be eating bonbons on the couch, right? (Or tackling my to-do...

Ultimate Guide To Mommy & Me Activities In Austin

Ultimate Guide To Mommy & Me Activities In Austin As a mom to a 2-year-old, I’m always on the lookout for activities my son and I can do together that will occupy him and give...

12 Kid-Friendly Brunch Places In Austin

12 Kid-Friendly Brunch Places In Austin For a while after our son was born, my husband and I thought our brunching days were over. We no longer had the time to wait around for a...

Postpartum Bodies: Looking Forward, Not “Bouncing Back”

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Guide To Toddler-Friendly Indoor Play In Austin

Guide To Toddler-Friendly Indoor Play In Austin Even with Austin’s 300 days of sunshine each year, sometimes it’s just too chilly, wet, or sweltering to play outdoors. But with a toddler around, you’ve still got...

Am I A Grinch For Wanting A Minimalist Christmas?

Am I A Grinch For Wanting A Minimalist Christmas? For quite a while now, I’ve struggled with my relationship to “stuff.” Deep down, I want to be a minimalist. And by minimalist, I don’t mean...

I Like Being a Stay-at-Home Mom, But I Miss Having a “Real” Job

I Like Being a Stay-at-Home Mom, But I Miss Having a "Real" Job I distinctly remember the moment when, about six months after having my son, I had to write my occupation on a new patient...

I Hate “Falling Back” For Daylight Savings Time, And Here’s Why

I Hate “Falling Back” For Daylight Savings Time, And Here’s Why Before I became a parent, I liked daylight saving time in the fall. It was a nice surprise to remember that I’d be getting an...

Best Farmers Markets In Austin

Best Farmers Markets In Austin No matter where you live in Austin, there’s probably a farmers market nearby that you can hit up on the weekend, as I discovered on my quest to get to...

Fall Fun for Animal Lovers In And Around Austin

Fall Fun for Animal Lovers In And Around Austin As the weather finally starts cooling down a little in Austin, it’s a great time to head outside and have some fun with animals. You don’t...

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