Veronica DeSantos Ryan

Hi Austin mamas! I am Veronica DeSantos Ryan, a mama from Round Rock. My husband and I moved to the area in 2014 and love every minute of it. Our baby Oliver (May 2016) is the light of our life and we are enjoying every minute with him. After spending seven years teaching, I decided that I wanted to be a stay at home mom and teacher of life to my little boy. As a family we love running with Ollie in his jogger stroller, having picnics outside, playing with our two dogs and exploring all the the Austin area has to offer! I am also a performing princess for Lexi's Little Princesses Princess company, a teaching artist at The Georgetown Palace Theatre, and a member of the singing group The Vintage Dreams. I am an avid reader, piano player, singer, and occasional actress in community theater, and have recently been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More.

No Mama, You DON’T Need to be Productive During Naptime

Fellow moms, let’s take a moment to talk about unrealistic expectations even for the little things like naptime. If this pandemic world has taught me anything, it’s that we as a society put too...

10 Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

Do you have a new baby on the way? Whether it be your first or tenth pregnancy, we’ve all heard the “advice” from well intentioned friends. But, with so much advice out there, how...

To The Moms Who Are Getting That Degree

Dear Moms working on a degree, first let me say, I see you and I appreciate you. Second, no you aren’t crazy, it is hard. It is infinitely harder with children around. This past summer,...

Growing a Family in the Shadow of a Pandemic

At the start of this year, my husband and I felt we would be ready to try for another baby come summer. Growing a family in the shadow of a pandemic has proven its...
Potty Training

Mama Didn’t Raise No Chiflada: A Potty Training Tale

I’ve spent the last year trying various different potty training tactics on my three-year-old son. I’m talking, letting him be naked all day, giving him a piece of candy every time he had a...
Graduating Class of 2020

To the Graduating Class of 2020

To the graduating class of 2020...  First I want to say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry you are getting robbed of the end of your high school or college experience. It really sucks. Missing out...

World Book Day: Give Me All The Books!

My husband and I are avid readers. We met in Journalism school, and both had specializations in English. To say we like reading is an understatement. I mean who willingly takes multiple college English...

Amazing Parks in the Northern Burbs of Austin

Looking for a few great parks to explore? Look no further than just north of Austin! These parks are a huge part of what makes me happy to live where I live. In no particular...

No, I’m Not Sending My Kid To Pre-K, And That’s Okay

My son is currently 3 ½ years old. Since he was about 2 ½ years old, people have asked me “when will he go to school?” I’ve always been very confused with this question....

Raising A Child With The Same Personality

I always thought it would be super fun to have a child who has a personality similar to my own-- and for the most part it is! However, there have been more challenges than...