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Welcome to our little village called Austin! Are you wondering who the awesome people are at LiveMom? We are a local bunch of mamas who have come together, mostly sane, to bring you many resources that will build a better village. Meet the faces behind the voices of

You can read more about us on Free Fun in Austin,  the Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monthly’s May 2011 issue!

Catherine Prystup


Catherine Prystup has lived in Austin for fourteen years. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, hanging out at coffee shops, people watching, eating dessert, cooking, planning and going on long vacations, and singing really loudly (and badly) to 80′s tunes while driving around aimlessly in her car. She’s also a big fan of red wine and has been known to rant about how it’s a great form of therapy. She has a background in advertising sales and management. She’s mom to three human kids: a thirteen year old boy, a five year old girl, and a new little baby boy and to four furry animal kids: two dogs and two cats.


Nicole Basham

Contributing Writer

Nicole is a native Austinite (yes, you read that right!) who lived in Virginia for 8 years but was drawn back home by the allure of Kerbey queso, real barbeque and endless summers. A recovering workaholic, Nicole worked at an international conservation organization and returned to Austin to manage a peer mentoring program for teen girls. Now she is a stay-at-home mama to a hilarious, high-energy preschooler with an active imagination. Although some days are admittedly tough, Nicole feels lucky to have the chance to revisit her favorite childhood hangouts with her son in tow. In addition to that full-time position, she also enjoys playing soccer, listening to live music, volunteering, eating, cooking, dancing, singing in the car and learning new things.

Christine Sinatra

Mommy Mob Contributing Writer

Christine Sinatra first came to Austin for college from her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like a lot of University of Texas graduates, she got advice to go try living somewhere else for a while and tried to, but it didn’t take. Christine is the communications director for Texans Care for Children and mom to a kindergartener. Her past experience includes working as a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and the Oakland Tribune company, being a Peace Corps volunteer for high school girls in Africa, and being pregnant while enrolled at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.Advertisement

 Melanie Haupt

Contributing Writer

Melanie Haupt is a wife, mom, cook, writer, teacher, and friend. She has lived in the Austin area (off and on) since 1988 and did both her Bachelor’s and her PhD at UT-Austin. She is a sometimes-runner, local food junkie, and knits dishcloths to keep her hands busy.

Lauren Walz
Contributing Writer

Lauren Walz is a freelance writer and mama of two little girls, ages 3 and brand new. While she’s quick to brag about being a fifth-generation Texan, Lauren spent 8 years in Silicon Valley practicing law, until she and her family were drawn back to Austin in 2012. She now splits her time between being home with her kids and writing. Lauren also blogs about cooking and parenthood on

Heidi Gollub
Contributing Writer

Heidi GollubHeidi Gollub actively avoids housework by exploring Austin and beyond with her five-kid crew.  Head over to Free Fun in Austin to discover some of her favorite budget friendly family adventures.

Heidi Okla
Contributing Writer

Without knowing a soul in Austin, Heidi Okla said goodby to city life in Washington, DC and moved here in 2007 with hopes of a settling into an ideal place to raise her family. Immediately, she fell in love with Austin and knew it would be her forever home. Now mom to three boys (ages 4, 6, and 8), Heidi is always looking for local adventures to keep her crew busy. A previous web producer for children’s and educational websites, she is now slowly getting back into freelance work life. In her fun time, she loves to take advantage if the local music scene, sip margaritas on any outdoor patio, and belt out show tunes in the privacy of her own home.

Need to get in touch with us? Email Catherine[at]LiveMom[dot]com for all questions, advice, expressions of adoration and more.