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

Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22
 Brace for it. It’s going to rain this weekend, with an 80 percent chance on Friday and Sunday and a 50 percent change on Saturday.
            We know you want to head out to the pumpkin patches around Central Texas. Plan wisely, bring your rain gear, and hope that
            the weather forecasters get this one wrong. The good news...

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Brace for it. It’s going to rain this weekend, with an 80 percent chance on Friday and Sunday and a 50 percent change on Saturday. We know you want to head out to the pumpkin patches around Central Texas. Plan wisely, bring your rain gear, and hope that the weather forecasters get this one wrong. The good news...
Learn more about where we are in curing Alzheimer’s
 Ever wonder if we’re making any progress in treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?
             We wrote about that a few weeks ago, but next week, you can hear a symposium of information on what progress we’ve made and what’s on the horizon.   Connie Andrews and Corrina Barrick dance together during The Gathering...

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Ever wonder if we’re making any progress in treatment for Alzheimer’s disease? We wrote about that a few weeks ago, but next week, you can hear a symposium of information on what progress we’ve made and what’s on the horizon.   Connie Andrews and Corrina Barrick dance together during The Gathering...
JEWELRY: Amanda Deer Jewelry opens first store
 Amanda Eddy is opening up her first store for her jewelry brand Amanda Deer Jewelry. The grand opening is 2 p.m. Sunday at the store, 501 N. Interstate 35, No. 115. Inside you can find her bar necklaces, stud earrings and necklaces you can layer. Most of her items are made in Austin and priced at less than $100. Find more at amandadeer.com...

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Amanda Eddy is opening up her first store for her jewelry brand Amanda Deer Jewelry. The grand opening is 2 p.m. Sunday at the store, 501 N. Interstate 35, No. 115. Inside you can find her bar necklaces, stud earrings and necklaces you can layer. Most of her items are made in Austin and priced at less than $100. Find more at amandadeer.com...
SHOPPING: Austin handmade online store Thirds going into two stores
 Thirds, Amy Young’s an online marketplace of handmade items for the home, is celebrating its first year with a double dose of pop-up shops. Starting in November, stores Las Cruxes, 1900 E. 12th St., and Esperos Soho, 209 W. Second St., will carry a small collection of Thirds’ finds. In honor of the pop-ups, Las Cruxes is hosting...

Posted: 2 days ago

Thirds, Amy Young’s an online marketplace of handmade items for the home, is celebrating its first year with a double dose of pop-up shops. Starting in November, stores Las Cruxes, 1900 E. 12th St., and Esperos Soho, 209 W. Second St., will carry a small collection of Thirds’ finds. In honor of the pop-ups, Las Cruxes is hosting...
HOME: Alexander Marchant hosts tub sale
 Alexander Marchant showroom is hosting a floor sample sale on its bath tubs. Right now you can find tubs from Waterworks, Wetstyle and more brands that are 40 percent off the list price. That means tubs that were $17,000 are now $10,000 and tubs that were almost $7,000 are now $4,000. Find Alexander Marchant at 1114 W. Fifth St. Building...

Posted: 2 days ago

Alexander Marchant showroom is hosting a floor sample sale on its bath tubs. Right now you can find tubs from Waterworks, Wetstyle and more brands that are 40 percent off the list price. That means tubs that were $17,000 are now $10,000 and tubs that were almost $7,000 are now $4,000. Find Alexander Marchant at 1114 W. Fifth St. Building...
Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier
 The Halloween candy is coming. Soon your house will be filled with it. Do your kids really need it all? Many dentists and orthodontists offices “buy” back their patient’s candy, but you also can donate candy to be sent to people serving in our armed forces. Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization based in San Antonio...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Halloween candy is coming. Soon your house will be filled with it. Do your kids really need it all? Many dentists and orthodontists offices “buy” back their patient’s candy, but you also can donate candy to be sent to people serving in our armed forces. Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization based in San Antonio...
Cookie Monster has a new job: Food truck owner, chef
 The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS. What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more. Last season, “Sesame...

Posted: 2 days ago

The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS. What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more. Last season, “Sesame...
UT Health Austin opens first clinics in $99 million project
 University of Texas Health Austin will open the Dell Medical School’s Health Transformation Building on Tuesday with four specialty clinics. Patients now will be able to receive care for gynecological disorders in the Women’s Health Institute, arm and leg pain in the Musculoskeletal Institute, multiple sclerosis and back pain...

Posted: 2 days ago

University of Texas Health Austin will open the Dell Medical School’s Health Transformation Building on Tuesday with four specialty clinics. Patients now will be able to receive care for gynecological disorders in the Women’s Health Institute, arm and leg pain in the Musculoskeletal Institute, multiple sclerosis and back pain...
Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s
 The Choosing Wisely campaign has folks thinking about which medical tests are necessary. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics talks about a few tests that have to do with kids who are short. Choosing Wisely has a list of tests you should question for different ages and specialities. photos.com  Here’s the list of five tests...

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The Choosing Wisely campaign has folks thinking about which medical tests are necessary. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics talks about a few tests that have to do with kids who are short. Choosing Wisely has a list of tests you should question for different ages and specialities. photos.com  Here’s the list of five tests...
Explore fall festivals and more family fun in Austin, Oct. 15-21
 Events Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov Father-Daughter Dance. $10 per family. 6 p.m. Thursday, Virginia Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave. austintexas.gov Monarch Appreciation Day.
             Activities including crafts...

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Events Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov Father-Daughter Dance. $10 per family. 6 p.m. Thursday, Virginia Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave. austintexas.gov Monarch Appreciation Day. Activities including crafts...
How to talk to your kids about sexual harassment in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal
 Shame on you, Harvey Weinstein. That’s been the rallying cry for the last few weeks from a lot of people on social media, on TV news programs and beyond. The allegations of sexual assault and the possibility of the Weinstein Co. having a culture of looking the other way and possibly
            helping to arrange encounters, sickened...

Posted: 6 days ago

Shame on you, Harvey Weinstein. That’s been the rallying cry for the last few weeks from a lot of people on social media, on TV news programs and beyond. The allegations of sexual assault and the possibility of the Weinstein Co. having a culture of looking the other way and possibly helping to arrange encounters, sickened...