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

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...
indoor play

Guide to Indoor Play Places In and Around Austin {by ages!}

Looking for places to take the kids for some air-conditioned fun in this hottest of hot summers? We’ve got you covered with this guide to indoor play places in and around Austin. We’ve pulled...

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...
Why My Kid Won't Be Going Back To School

Why My Kid Won’t Be Doing In-Person School

My kid won’t be doing in-person school. At least for now.  Our school district (we’re in Liberty Hill ISD) is all about offering “Choice” to the community, allowing parents to choose every six weeks whether...
Austin Murals

Visit Austin’s Newest Murals | Social Distancing-Friendly Way To Get Fresh Air

Just before spring break, when people’s travel plans started crumbling around them and so many of our area’s beloved events were cancelled because of COVID-19, I wrote a post about a fun last-minute spring-day-in-Austin...

How We Can Still Connect While Social Distancing

Remember when we could get together with our friends for coffee and send our kids to school in the morning and go out for dinner any time we wanted? Ah, the good old days,...