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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

Austin-based Waldo Photos uses facial recognition to sort camp photos
 Each July, when I send my kids to a three-week camp near Waco, I become a bit crazy. I log into the camp’s photo site daily and begin searching like mad for proof of life. On days when there might be a happy, smiling photo of one of them, I’m over the moon. On days when I can’t find them anywhere, I’m in the depths...

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Each July, when I send my kids to a three-week camp near Waco, I become a bit crazy. I log into the camp’s photo site daily and begin searching like mad for proof of life. On days when there might be a happy, smiling photo of one of them, I’m over the moon. On days when I can’t find them anywhere, I’m in the depths...
Pediatricians should ask parents about guns at home, study recommends
 Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that will be in the July issue of “Pediatrics” and its recommendations in response to the study. The “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” is the largest study to look at the number of gun-related injuries and deaths in children and adolescents...

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Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that will be in the July issue of “Pediatrics” and its recommendations in response to the study. The “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” is the largest study to look at the number of gun-related injuries and deaths in children and adolescents...
“Fixer Upper” Clint Harp and wife Kelly get own HGTV show “Wood Work”
 A lot is going on in the world of the “Fixer Upper” stars. Wednesday we learned that show hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines are starting their own restaurant. They are turning Elite Cafe into The Magnolia Table by the end of the year. 
            Joanna Gaines has also started her own wallpaper line  among other endorsements. Now...

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A lot is going on in the world of the “Fixer Upper” stars. Wednesday we learned that show hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines are starting their own restaurant. They are turning Elite Cafe into The Magnolia Table by the end of the year. Joanna Gaines has also started her own wallpaper line among other endorsements. Now...
GARDEN: How can you get rid of mosquitoes in the yard? Try these tips
 Recently, we tested which insect repellents work best in our scientific test, but what about just getting them out of your yard? Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at storm water management company NDS Inc., calls himself Dr. Drainage and has these recommendations: 1. Eliminate standing water around your home. Keep gutters clear of debris; check...

Posted: a day ago

Recently, we tested which insect repellents work best in our scientific test, but what about just getting them out of your yard? Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at storm water management company NDS Inc., calls himself Dr. Drainage and has these recommendations: 1. Eliminate standing water around your home. Keep gutters clear of debris; check...
HOME: New upscale flooring store A Modern Step opens in Hyde Park
 Austinites Kacey Samiee and Aaron Lindsey have opened A Modern Step, an upscale for-appointment-only flooring store. It carries only lines that are ecologically sensitive, including Scandinavian hardware Junckers, Karelia, Kahrs and WoodLife, and North American lines Appalachian Flooring, Kentwood/Metropolitan, Eco-Timber and Valencia Hardwoods...

Posted: a day ago

Austinites Kacey Samiee and Aaron Lindsey have opened A Modern Step, an upscale for-appointment-only flooring store. It carries only lines that are ecologically sensitive, including Scandinavian hardware Junckers, Karelia, Kahrs and WoodLife, and North American lines Appalachian Flooring, Kentwood/Metropolitan, Eco-Timber and Valencia Hardwoods...
HOME: Marie Kondo turns “Tidying Up” into manga graphic novel
 Home organization guru Marie Kondo, who appeared at South by Southwest in March, has taught us to consider if something “sparks joy” when we think about whether to keep it, toss it or donate it. Now she’s turned “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” into a graphic novel with illustration by Yuko Uramoto in...

Posted: a day ago

Home organization guru Marie Kondo, who appeared at South by Southwest in March, has taught us to consider if something “sparks joy” when we think about whether to keep it, toss it or donate it. Now she’s turned “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” into a graphic novel with illustration by Yuko Uramoto in...