Gretchen Pierce

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.

Best Glamping Spots for Families in the Texas Hill Country

Confession: I love the outdoors, but I hate the idea of camping with my kids. I hope I’ll change my mind when they’re older, but right now the thought of sleeping (or more likely,...
packing away the baby chapter

Packing Away the Baby Chapter

Some old burp cloths almost made me cry today. I spotted them, tucked away in a basket in the living room, and realized I don’t need them there anymore, ready to grab at the...

Best Spots to See Holiday Lights In and Around Austin

In a year when we could all use a little extra holiday magic, a lights display is the perfect way to be festive and stay socially distant. Many Austin traditions are returning and even...
Couples Therapy

The pandemic led us to couples therapy & here’s what we learned

The pandemic led us to couples therapy & here’s what we learned. When my husband and I were expecting our second child, I read some advice (I’ve long forgotten where) to couples adjusting to...
racially conscious

I Want My Kids to Be Race-Conscious, Not Just Kind

When my son was six weeks old, I wrote him a letter for his baby book. “I know that you will grow up to be the kind of person the world needs,” I wrote....
Eco-friendly Products

14 Favorite Eco-Friendly Products

I recently made a resolution to reduce the amount of waste we’re producing in our house, particularly single-use plastic. I have a long way to go on my journey to zero-waste living, but I’ve...

I’m Over Being Productive During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Shortly after social distancing and the COVID-19 "quarantine” began, I started getting inundated with ideas. And lists. And lists of ideas for filling each endless day that stretched before me. There were ideas for activities...

Best Farms in and Around the Austin Area

Warmer weather in Austin means it’s almost berry picking season and we have no shortage of awesome farms in the Austin area! There are several farms in and around Austin where you can pick...

50 Simple Outdoor Activities for Kids

We may be staying home right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and enjoy some time in nature. (Just stay close to home and follow social distancing guidelines.) While time spent...

Best Ways to Enjoy Winter in Austin

When I first chose to write this post, I chuckled a little because unlike some other cities, it’s not hard to enjoy winter in Austin thanks to our mild weather. We’re lucky that we...