Michelle Tate

Michelle Tate
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Michelle is a native Austinite. A former Elementary school teacher, she now stays at home with her boys, Mason (2011), Hudson (2015), and Brady (2017). She has been married to her college sweetheart, Brian, since 2008. She enjoys traveling, sewing and refinishing furniture, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Fall Home Gardening Tips

Fall Home Gardening Tips It’s hard to believe we’re still experiencing temperatures near 100, but soon enough, we’ll be able to enjoy cool, crisp mornings and pumpkin flavored everything! Each fall, my family has taken up...

When Neighbors Become Your Village

When Neighbors Become Your Village Sometimes I feel like the streets of our neighborhood are like the hallways of a college dorm. We are no longer on our parents’ payroll or sleeping through a class....

I’m Not The Mom I Thought I’d Be

I Am Not The Mom I thought I'd Be I was the perfect mom...until I had kids of my own. Now I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, survival-mode mom, on my best days. I never expected I'd be...

Organic Flea And Tick Prevention

Organic Flea And Tick Prevention Even though school is almost back in session, here in Austin, the summer months extend way past the first day of school. It’s HOT HOT HOT until just about Halloween,...

20 Signs Your Kids Are From Austin

20 Signs Your Kids Are From Austin  One of my rockstar achievements as a parent is our decision to raise our kids in the wonderfully, quirky city of Austin, Texas. It’s no secret that Texans...

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Invade Your Summer Memories | Chem-Free Organic Pest & Lawn

Don't Let Mosquitoes Invade Your Summer Memories | Chem-Free Organic Pest & Lawn Summer for my family means running through the sprinklers out back, animals made of sidewalk chalk, messy popsicles in the grass, and…MOSQUITOES....

The Myth Of Balance

The Myth Of Balance   I'm not sure I have ever had balance in my life. My Type A personality is mostly to blame for this. I'm typically an all or nothing type. If I commit...
Father-In-Law

Dear Father-In-Law

Dear Father-In-Law, In your early years of parenthood, I was probably a distant thought from your mind. You didn't know me then, but your efforts then have brought such joy into my life now. All of...
pick my battles

I Pick My Battles

I came to the quick conclusion, after becoming a mom, that I was going to have to pick my battles as a parent. I simply do not have the time, and certainly not the...
baby #3

20 Things I Should Have Known Before Baby #3

You'd think by the third kid in 6 years, I'd have this baby thing down. In some ways, I felt at ease preparing for our transition to a family of 5. In other ways,...

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