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header_about.gif was launched in 2007 as a resource website for Austin-area moms. With weekly event postings, special features, city guides, spotlights and more, LiveMom is your link to all that’s happening in Austin, Texas.

Don’t miss our monthly features! Austin Theatre Mama, Austin Music Mama, Austin Reading Mama, Austin Foodie Mama and Austin Travel Mama will give you the details on must-do events, book recommendations from local authors, places to travel to, plays to catch and places to eat with or without your kids in tow.

You’ll find so many activities to keep your family entertained during the weekend with our weekly Weekenders Roundup post as well as weekday activities including a comprehensive list of storytimes, activities, library events and more in What’s Up Weekly.


Catherine Prystup


 Catherine Prystup landed in the Austin area fresh out of high school and began a career in print media sales. After having her second child, she took a break from the rat race and launched LiveMom, a site that was envisioned to be a place for local moms to turn to with many resources related to parenting in Austin. Hoping to make connections along the way, she was completely blown away by the amazing support that she found in other moms in her quest to build a tighter knit community. When not working or spending time with her family (three kids, two dogs, two cats and a husband, too) you’ll find her reading, people watching in local coffee shops, cooking while sipping on her favorite red wine, planning and going on long vacations, and singing really loudly (and badly) to 80′s tunes.


Nicole Basham

Content Manager

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 in a role she would have never imagined in her pre-kid days: a work-at-home mama. Nicole feels lucky to have the chance to revisit her favorite childhood hangouts with her son in tow. In addition to ensuring high-quality content is delivered daily to the LiveMom readers; contributing weekly to Free Fun in Austin and overseeing the marketing, website and operations for Barb Steinberg, LMSW, she also enjoys playing soccer, listening to live music, volunteering, eating, cooking, dancing, singing in the car and learning new things.


Lisa Caldwell

Contributing Writer


Lisa Caldwell moved to Austin in 2012 with her husband and daughter. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA but don’t hold that against her. After bouncing around the west, including stints in Albuquerque and Reno, NV, she settled in Austin with the dream of eating tacos for the majority of her meals. Lisa counts among her favorite things local beer, hearing her daughter laugh at inappropriate moments, searching for the best burger in town with her husband, cross-stitching offensive phrases and queso. She went to five different colleges, dabbled in graphic design and writing and now works for a branding studio in south Austin.

Heidi Gollub
Contributing Writer

Heidi Gollub

Heidi 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.

Kristin VanderHey Shaw
Contributing Writer

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Kristin was born in Hackensack, New Jersey (“Buy me a house out in Hackensack” – Billy Joel) and grew up in the RV capital of the world: Elkhart, Indiana. Her native-Austinite husband heard the call of the mother ship while they were living in Atlanta, Georgia, and moved them to Texas. Kristin spent 20 years in sales, PR, and marketing jobs in telecommunications, high tech, and aviation before leaving behind her cubicle to be a freelance writer and marketing consultant in 2013. Now the mother of a young boy, she loves to play and watch sports (especially baseball), watch Scooby-Doo, and eat a lot of breakfast tacos and Pinkberry when she’s not working. Kristin is a not-so-secret fan of 80s music, particularly of the hair-band variety, classic cars, and dessert. She blogs at, and has been featured at several other national sites.



Need to get in touch with us? Email Catherine[at]LiveMom[dot]com for all questions.