Kristan Braziel

Kristan writes about her counter-intuitive approach at dealing with life’s messy moments. An author, blogger, & freelance writer, Kristan writes raw, honest, and humorous "real mom" stories about navigating through all the messy life stuff, including her family’s experience with anxiety & depression. Kristan’s posts will have you nodding in agreement as you think, “thank sweet fancy Moses, it’s not just me.” Kristan and her two sons, Jace (1999) and Cody (2007) live in Liberty Hill with their two crazy dogs. You can find Kristan at and

Guide to Indoor Play Places In Austin

We’ve got you covered with this guide to indoor play places in and around Austin. We’ve pulled together a laundry list of places, including the ages they cater to, to help you keep your...

National Sons Day: A Wish For My Boys

I’ll be honest, I had to look up the official significance of National Son’s Day because - in my household, anyway - every day seems to be Son’s Day? Just me, boy moms? What I...
Card Games

Best Family Card Games

My circle of friends loves getting together as often as we can to play card games, and I don’t mind telling you we’re a bit ridiculous about it. Whether we’re gathering as just us...

He Never Hit Me: My Experience With Domestic Abuse

This is the first in a five-part series on domestic abuse and domestic violence. The new Netflix show, Maid, has brought attention to emotional abuse and the role it plays in domestic violence. The...

Back-to-School and The Delta Variant: A Mom’s Perspective

Has back-to-school become uncertain for you because of the Delta variant? This week, my son - along with many other children - will return to the classroom for the first time since March of...

102 Things to Do This Summer In and Around Austin

If you live in the Austin area, you already know that there’s so much to do here, it’s easy to see why it’s the fastest growing major metropolitan area in the country. From cultural...

6 Favorite IKEA Hacks

You’ve seen the memes about having to seek mental health care or needing a Calgon bubble bath after building IKEA furniture, right? I’m the opposite of those memes. Almost nothing gives me greater satisfaction...

How To Make Divorce Easier On Your Kids

If you’d told me 25 years ago I’d be writing a post about how to make divorce easier on your kids - as if it were a subject I would actually know anything about,...
Social-Emotional Well-Being

Supporting Kids’ Social-Emotional Well-Being During Covid

It’s easy to understand the negative impact our changes in daily life because of COVID-19 have on our moods and attitudes. We want to be free of our masks and go out with friends...

How To Survive Divorce During The Pandemic

My husband and I recently marked our 25th wedding anniversary, but we didn’t acknowledge it with the trip to Hawaii we’d always dreamed of. We didn’t even enjoy a dinner out, and it’s not...