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

Celebrate nature with many Austin family events, April 22-28
 Events Sherwood Forest Faire. Travel back in time to merry ol’ England with this fair. 10 a.m. to dusk, Sunday and Saturday. $12-$22. 1883 Old U.S. 20, McDade. sherwoodforestfaire.com Monster Jam. Seriously big trucks crush other trucks. 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-37. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com City Nature Challenge...

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Events Sherwood Forest Faire. Travel back in time to merry ol’ England with this fair. 10 a.m. to dusk, Sunday and Saturday. $12-$22. 1883 Old U.S. 20, McDade. sherwoodforestfaire.com Monster Jam. Seriously big trucks crush other trucks. 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-37. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com City Nature Challenge...
Austin’s Water to Thrive changing lives one well at a time
 More than 500,000 people in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania now have access to clean water, and it’s all because an Austin Sunday school class learned about a problem a decade ago and created nonprofit Water to Thrive to make a change. In 2007, 40 members of the adult Sunday school class at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church spent eight...

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More than 500,000 people in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania now have access to clean water, and it’s all because an Austin Sunday school class learned about a problem a decade ago and created nonprofit Water to Thrive to make a change. In 2007, 40 members of the adult Sunday school class at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church spent eight...
Couple’s redone forever home in East Austin on Preservation Austin tour
 The kids were growing up. The need for the three-story house in Great Hills was slipping away when James and Leah Nyfeler bought a 1960 house on East Austin’s French Place. “It didn’t fit our lifestyle,” Leah Nyfeler says of their Great Hills house. They went looking for a house in a neighborhood in Central Austin...

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The kids were growing up. The need for the three-story house in Great Hills was slipping away when James and Leah Nyfeler bought a 1960 house on East Austin’s French Place. “It didn’t fit our lifestyle,” Leah Nyfeler says of their Great Hills house. They went looking for a house in a neighborhood in Central Austin...
Mom shares less-than-pretty truth about raising a child with autism
 Whitney Ellenby writes her truth about raising a son with autism in “Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain” ($19.95, Koehler Books). Not everyone is going to like it, and that’s just fine with her. In fact, she’s been reviled for what she’s written. Ellenby was a lawyer in Washington, D.C., working in the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Whitney Ellenby writes her truth about raising a son with autism in “Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain” ($19.95, Koehler Books). Not everyone is going to like it, and that’s just fine with her. In fact, she’s been reviled for what she’s written. Ellenby was a lawyer in Washington, D.C., working in the...
What’s on tap for this weekend? Rain, but also these Austin family events, April 20-22
 I’m not going to lie. This Earth Day weekend will be a wet one. The biggest storms will hit on Saturday. Check outdoor event
            websites in advance to see if they are still happening or if they’ve been canceled or postponed. Fingers crossed, we’ll still be able to celebrate the butterflies, enjoy nature, run an...

Posted: 3 days ago

I’m not going to lie. This Earth Day weekend will be a wet one. The biggest storms will hit on Saturday. Check outdoor event websites in advance to see if they are still happening or if they’ve been canceled or postponed. Fingers crossed, we’ll still be able to celebrate the butterflies, enjoy nature, run an...
Comfort care, palliative care, hospice care explained after Barbara Bush’s death
 On Monday, when it was announced that first lady Barbara Bush was choosing “comfort care,” many people wondered what that
            meant. What’s the difference between “comfort care” and palliative care, and what about hospice care? Bush, who died Tuesday and whose funeral will be Saturday in Houston, caused...

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On Monday, when it was announced that first lady Barbara Bush was choosing “comfort care,” many people wondered what that meant. What’s the difference between “comfort care” and palliative care, and what about hospice care? Bush, who died Tuesday and whose funeral will be Saturday in Houston, caused...
Season for Caring couple returns to freshly remodeled home
 “Oh, I’m glad I’m home,” Joyce Marvel, 74, said as she walked back into her condo Tuesday and looked around at how much it had changed. “It looks nice.” CG&S Design-Build home remodeling company and its vendors transformed the space. New vinyl floors that look like wood replaced the almost black carpet...

Posted: 4 days ago

“Oh, I’m glad I’m home,” Joyce Marvel, 74, said as she walked back into her condo Tuesday and looked around at how much it had changed. “It looks nice.” CG&S Design-Build home remodeling company and its vendors transformed the space. New vinyl floors that look like wood replaced the almost black carpet...
Your map to finding day care from Austin Public Health
 Looking for child care in Travis County? 
            Austin Public Health has this handy map. You can see where centers or in-home day cares are located. You also can see which ones have been Texas Rising Star certified
            and or National Association for the Education of Young Children certified. These measures look at the director...

Posted: 6 days ago

Looking for child care in Travis County? Austin Public Health has this handy map. You can see where centers or in-home day cares are located. You also can see which ones have been Texas Rising Star certified and or National Association for the Education of Young Children certified. These measures look at the director...
Two events for moms (and dads) this week
 New parents and parents-to-be will want to attend the Mother of All Baby Showers. It’s happening 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dell
            Diamond (VIP ticket holders get to come in 30 minutes early). It’s billed as a one-stop shop for information and products. “I am proud to be partnering with Austlen, Doona, Shipt, Nuna, Baby...

Posted: 6 days ago

New parents and parents-to-be will want to attend the Mother of All Baby Showers. It’s happening 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dell Diamond (VIP ticket holders get to come in 30 minutes early). It’s billed as a one-stop shop for information and products. “I am proud to be partnering with Austlen, Doona, Shipt, Nuna, Baby...