Born and raised in San Antonio, Liz is a UT grad who has called Austin home for 18 years. During the week she works full time in pharmaceutical sales, but otherwise can be found wrangling her two small boys, loading the dishwasher, trying to find time for a glass of wine with her husband and attempting to sleep. She also moonlights as a patient advocate for her younger son who was born with a rare syndrome. You can follow her family’s journey at and on Instagram @lizbarnettsmith.

8 Organizations to Support, Adopting a Family for the Holidays

Due to the pandemic, more families than usual are facing financial hardships this holiday season. The unemployment rate in Austin was 5.1% this October, up from 2.6% last year. One great way to help...

Craniofacial Acceptance Month | How to avoid an awkward encounter

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Summer Bucket List in Austin

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Craniofacial Acceptance Month: My Son’s Story

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Ridiculously Rich Raspberry Recipes

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Family-Friendly Port Aransas

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