Vanessa Barry

Vanessa Barry
Vanessa is the co-founder of Austin Moms Blog. She is also the Director of Communications for IDEA Public Schools, a nationally recognized network of K-12 public charter schools serving more than 15,000 students. She has a blast learning, loving and laughing with her four-year-old little lady, Caroline Grace.

Spring Break Staycations in the Hill Country

Over the past two years our family has really familiarized ourselves with the term staycation. There is just something so blissful about “getting away,” and “getting back” requiring a short car ride. If you’re anything like...

The Power Hour

The Power Hour While traveling for business earlier this year I made a decision to stop wasting my drive time by belting the hits from the 80s to today and instead listen to podcasts, TED talks,...
Austin Moms Blog | One Mom's Epic DIY Fail

Calligrapfailure: A Tale of One Woman’s Journey To Hand Letter

Ahh calligraphy. Such a beautiful art. I don't know about you, but anytime I scour Pinterest or Etsy for gallery wall inspiration or thank you notes I am flooded with gorgeous pieces that have...

We Must, We Must, We Must Control Our Bust

This weekend I opted to miss Caroline's ever hilarious four-year-old soccer game in the name of a clean house. I wanted to put toys away in peace and know that seven seconds later the...


Sure I've admitted to my own shortcomings when it comes to laundry and other things, but today is not about me. It's about him. The man that I live with that marks his territory like a...

Is Anti-Laundry Putting-Away-Stinosis Considered a Disease?

I recently discovered that I have a disease. It's called Anti-laundry-putting-away-stinosis. It's not contagious, but causes one to be increasingly frustrated, yet apathetic to progress. Currently there are no known cures, but support from...
How I Became a Father, Father's Day, Austin Moms Blog

When “We Need to Talk” Starts Your Fatherhood Journey

{Father’s Day 2014 is TOMORROW and to honor the men in our lives, we turned over the blogging reins to some pretty special dads this past week. Check out all of our dads as...
Austin Moms Blog, The Best Thing I Made By Accident

The Best Thing I’ve Ever Made…By Accident!

The title of this blog is a little misleading. You probably thought you were going read about some miracle meal that came from an accidental blend of something in the kitchen. Welp, you're not. Sorry!...

You’ve Got Mail: Little Pnuts Toy Subscription Review

Everyone loves to get something in the mail, right? Of course! That's why there are subscription services for shoes, wine, meals, and more. When I first learned of Little Pnuts and I knew that it...
The Life of a Working Mom

A Day in the Life of a Working Mom…

Several weeks ago Ashlee eloquently described a day in the life of a stay at home mama. Well, today it's my turn...the day in the life of a working mom! My day starts at 6:00...