Nicole Villalpando

Parenting & homes editor

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in her Raising Austin column and blog, as well as homes improvement, faith, aging and community stories for Austin 360. She is also the editor of Season for Caring, the American-Statesman's annual charity campaign that has raised about $10 million in cash and in-kind goods and services for area nonprofits since it began in 1999. She has been with the American-Statesman since 1999 and lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, two cats and one out-numbered dog.

Latest from Nicole Villalpando

Keep kids busy this February with these Austin events
 February is filled with Valentine’s Day events and Black History Month as well as fest celebrating caves, dinosaurs and the
            weather. Check out these family events in Austin next month: Amber Bower makes a Valentine’s Day card with her son Shane during My Pfurry Valentine at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter.
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February is filled with Valentine’s Day events and Black History Month as well as fest celebrating caves, dinosaurs and the weather. Check out these family events in Austin next month: Amber Bower makes a Valentine’s Day card with her son Shane during My Pfurry Valentine at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. ...
Head to a museum, theater this week with the family, Jan. 21-27
 Theater “The Adventures of Enoughie (Las Aventuras de Enoughie).”
            This bilingual puppet show teaches kids about kindness and is a collaboration between Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre and the Kindness Campaign. 2 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 28. More shows through February...

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Theater “The Adventures of Enoughie (Las Aventuras de Enoughie).” This bilingual puppet show teaches kids about kindness and is a collaboration between Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre and the Kindness Campaign. 2 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 28. More shows through February...
St. David’s Foundation giving $2 million to prevent death in childbirth
 We’ve written about Texas having the highest maternal mortality rate in the nation.  Texas had 35.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014 compared with 23.8 for the rest of the country, excluding California
            and Texas, according to a report published in Obstetrics and Gynecology. DThe World Health Organization&rsquo...

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We’ve written about Texas having the highest maternal mortality rate in the nation.  Texas had 35.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014 compared with 23.8 for the rest of the country, excluding California and Texas, according to a report published in Obstetrics and Gynecology. DThe World Health Organization&rsquo...
Austin mom creates solution to stinky boys with body care line
 Austin mom Michelle Houp started a line of personal care products for boys after she found herself saying to her sons when they got in the car, “Do not take your shoes off anymore because I’m going to vomit.” Her sons, Carson and Colton, who are 6 and 8, are really active in sports. They are constantly changing their clothes...

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Austin mom Michelle Houp started a line of personal care products for boys after she found herself saying to her sons when they got in the car, “Do not take your shoes off anymore because I’m going to vomit.” Her sons, Carson and Colton, who are 6 and 8, are really active in sports. They are constantly changing their clothes...
Austin mom brings the Kindness Campaign to schools, Zach Theatre play
 On a darkened stage at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Andra Liemandt’s vision is coming to life with the help of three puppeteers and many others behind the scenes. On a playground, a little girl named Esme plays with a doll her grandmother gave her. A little boy named Hector isn’t feeling so great about...

Posted: 3 days ago

On a darkened stage at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Andra Liemandt’s vision is coming to life with the help of three puppeteers and many others behind the scenes. On a playground, a little girl named Esme plays with a doll her grandmother gave her. A little boy named Hector isn’t feeling so great about...
Ideas of what to do with the kids this weekend
 Need some ideas for the weekend? We have ideas that can keep kids busy. Know that Saturday is going to be beautiful, making it hard to believe we had a snow day earlier in the week. Sunday will be a great day for the rain boots. Austin Family’s Summer Camp Fair. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road...

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Need some ideas for the weekend? We have ideas that can keep kids busy. Know that Saturday is going to be beautiful, making it hard to believe we had a snow day earlier in the week. Sunday will be a great day for the rain boots. Austin Family’s Summer Camp Fair. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road...
Does ibuprofen cause infertility in men?
 A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States seems to indicate that taking ibuprofen will lower the amount of testosterone a man produces. That might be true, but then
            people have taken  it one step farther to say that the decrease in testosterone leads to infertility....

Posted: 3 days ago

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States seems to indicate that taking ibuprofen will lower the amount of testosterone a man produces. That might be true, but then people have taken  it one step farther to say that the decrease in testosterone leads to infertility....
17 things to keep the kids busy this weekend in Austin, Jan. 19-21
 Need some ideas for the weekend?  We have ideas that can keep kids busy. Know that Saturday is going to be beautiful, making it hard to believe we had a snow day earlier in the week. Sunday will
            be a great day for the rain boots. The Hill Country Science Mill will offer a predictable snow day on Saturday. Hill Country Science...

Posted: 4 days ago

Need some ideas for the weekend?  We have ideas that can keep kids busy. Know that Saturday is going to be beautiful, making it hard to believe we had a snow day earlier in the week. Sunday will be a great day for the rain boots. The Hill Country Science Mill will offer a predictable snow day on Saturday. Hill Country Science...
Season for Caring agencies pick up a $20,000 check donated by you
 Today is a fabulous day in the land of Season for Caring. We are giving out the second round of checks to our 12 partner nonprofit
            agencies. In mid-December, we gave out $10,000 check. Today, each nonprofit is getting a check for $20,000. Nehemiah Johnson, 3, plays on the playscape at Head Start in Hutto, which nominated his mother...

Posted: 4 days ago

Today is a fabulous day in the land of Season for Caring. We are giving out the second round of checks to our 12 partner nonprofit agencies. In mid-December, we gave out $10,000 check. Today, each nonprofit is getting a check for $20,000. Nehemiah Johnson, 3, plays on the playscape at Head Start in Hutto, which nominated his mother...
Coming to BookPeople in April: Junot Díaz with new children’s book
 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will be coming to BookPeople April 4. Junot Diaz The author of acclaimed books “This is How You Lose Her,”  “Drown” and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is releasing
            a children’s book “Islandborn!”  ($17.99, Dial...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will be coming to BookPeople April 4. Junot Diaz The author of acclaimed books “This is How You Lose Her,”  “Drown” and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is releasing a children’s book “Islandborn!”  ($17.99, Dial...
Would you name your baby after a “Game of Thrones” character?
 “Game of Thrones” fans, would you name your baby after your favorite character?   Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark. Last season she had a scene with Ed Sheeran, left. Helen Sloan/HBO Apparently people are. 
            Names.org, which tracks baby name trends, found that 1,890 babies were named Arya in 2016. Her sister Sansa...

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“Game of Thrones” fans, would you name your baby after your favorite character?   Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark. Last season she had a scene with Ed Sheeran, left. Helen Sloan/HBO Apparently people are. Names.org, which tracks baby name trends, found that 1,890 babies were named Arya in 2016. Her sister Sansa...