About Nicole Basham
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".
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Austin Music Mama

Artists To See: ACL Fest 2016, Weekend Two

October 5, 2016 0

One of the most exciting times of year is here: the Austin City Limits Music Festival! Celebrating its 15th year right here in our backyard, ACL features all kinds of music and the chance to […]

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Austin Music Mama

Artists To See: ACL Fest 2016, Weekend One

September 28, 2016 0

One of our favorite times of year is almost here: the Austin City Limits Music Festival! Celebrating its 15th year right here in our backyard, ACL features all kinds of music and the chance to […]

Austin Music Mama

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2016 ACL Festival

September 21, 2016 1

It’s almost here! Tens of thousands of music fans will soon flock to Zilker Park for the 15th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This will be our sixth year covering ACL, and […]

Texas Day Trips

Drive-Thru Zoos Near Austin

December 31, 2015 0

We are big fans of the Austin Zoo, but when we are in the mood for adventure, it can be fun to check out a drive-thru zoo. At some, you can feed the animals, which […]

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Event: STEMpreneur 2016

December 31, 2015 0

STEMed Labs is an Austin-based non-profit organization which works to increase opportunities for children to have exposure to innovative and experiential STEM education programs with the goal of producing a workforce ready to face the […]

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Event: PBS Kids Is Coming To The Alamo Drafthouse

December 30, 2015 0

Alamo Drafthouse recently announced a year-long partnership with PBS KIDS to bring high-quality family programming to the big screen. Starting in January, Alamo locations in Austin and 11 other cities will host regular “PBS KIDS […]


Best Hot Chocolate in Austin

December 29, 2015 0

Granted, it’s not cold for much of the year here in Austin, but when it is, we are never really ready for it. Whether you need a break in between errands, need an excuse to […]


Event: Family Fun Celebration, 12/31

December 28, 2015 0

Spare Time, a locally-owned entertainment facility with bowling, laser tag (minimum height is 44″), an arcade with a Winner’s Corner to redeem points for prizes (and a lazer maze) and a full-service bar and grill, […]


Event: AISD High School Showcase

December 23, 2015 0

Austin ISD invites students, their families and the community to the inaugural High School Showcase! The showcase takes place from 9 a.m.–noon Jan. 9 at the Palmer Events Center. This free event is open to […]

Year in Review

2015 Austin Bucket List: Year In Review

December 22, 2015 0

For the second year, a group of us mamas made our lists and checked them twice. No, not lists of gifts – lists of things we wanted to do with (and without) kids in and […]

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Give Back: Keep Austin Beautiful

December 21, 2015 4

We are thankful to live in such a fabulous place. How can we make sure it stays that way? We’ll be bringing you ideas on how you can keep Austin a special place all year […]

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Event: New Year’s Lock-In, 1/1

December 18, 2015 0

Looking for some fun for your older kid this New Year’s Day? Blazer Tag is hosting a lock-in on January 1, 2016 for kids 13 or older (anyone younger allowed with another adult or guardian […]

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Event: Shake Up The Way You Shop, until 12/23

December 17, 2015 0

The Domain, in collaboration with Bank of America and Starcom, invites area shoppers to experience “Shake Up the Way You Shop,” a 3-dimensional anamorphic installation designed by Dutch pop-surrealist Leon Keer. Designed specifically for the […]


Give Back: Austin Diaper Bank

December 14, 2015 0

We are thankful to live in such a fabulous place. How can we make sure it stays that way? We’ll be bringing you ideas on how you can help our fellow Austinites all year long […]

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Event: Austin’s New Year, 12/31

December 14, 2015 0

Austin residents can enjoy a free, family-friendly way to ring in the New Year this year. The Austin’s New Year line-up includes Grupo Fantasma, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and Carolyn Wonderland. The annual alcohol-free celebration will […]


Holiday Traditions: The Kallikantzaroi In Greece

December 11, 2015 0

In the spirit of sharing, we will be bringing you stories about how different families celebrate the holiday season. Today, we will be bringing you the story of the kallikantzaroi, which is part of the […]

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Event: Austin Wear Orange Walk, 12/13

December 11, 2015 0

Join supporters of Moms Demand Action, Texas Gun Sense, and Gun-Free UT for a Wear Orange Walk. Gather at the South Steps of the Capitol to hear from local gun violence survivors and community leaders […]


2015 Austin Experience Gifts {And A Giveaway}

December 10, 2015 0

‘Tis the season of stuff…and lots of it. More and more families are opting to substitute gifts of experiences for their children. Many of these are portable, involve spending quality time with our kids and […]

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Where To Find Stocking Stuffers In Austin

December 9, 2015 0

If you are anything like me, I focus on getting a few gifts for under the tree, and scurry around, right before school is out, to find things to stuff his stocking. It’s usually a […]

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Austin Reading Mama

Gifts For Book Lovers In 2015

December 7, 2015 0

Books are a great gift. They force us to slow down, they are inexpensive, they are portable and for our kids, they help them grow and learn. Here are a few things to pick up […]

Give Back

Give Back: Capital Area Food Bank

December 7, 2015 0

We are thankful to live in such a fabulous place. How can we make sure it stays that way? We’ll be bringing you ideas on how you can help our fellow Austinites all year long […]

Austin Theatre Mama

Austin Theatre Mama: December 2015

December 3, 2015 0

There’s no doubt that Austin is flush with creative, artistic individuals. Beyond the live music shows that we’re so well-known for, Austin is also home to a thriving performing arts scene. While it make take […]

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Event: Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll, 12/5

December 2, 2015 0

The annual Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll is a FREE, family-friendly event that celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the joy it brings. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, […]

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Event: 2015 Lights of Love 5k, 12/4

December 2, 2015 0

Set against a backdrop of twinkling lights, the 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run on December 4, 2015 kicks off the holiday season. The fun begins in the Mueller Hangar with […]

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It’s Giving Tuesday. How Will You Give?

December 1, 2015 0

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local […]

For my son's first Christmas, we lucked into a photo with local celebrity dad Owen Egerton at what was then Moxie and the Compound. Sadly, Owen has not reprised his role in recent years.

Seeing Santa, Austin-Style, In 2015

November 30, 2015 0

Most of us families know by now that Santa makes appearances at local malls. But this is Austin, after all. Where can you see the jolly old guy and get a different kind of experience? […]


Letters to Santa & USPS Shipping Deadlines

November 30, 2015 0

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter, complete with a North Pole postmark. Here are the steps for […]


Event: Community Chanukah Celebration, 12/6

November 30, 2015 0

Austin’s Community Chanukah Celebration features Latkepalooza with celebrity chefs spearheaded by Chef Shawn Cirkiel, activities & entertainment for all ages. Enjoy food and drink from: Amy’s Ice Creams Gold Star Kettle Corn Guns & Oil […]

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Buy Local Austin Gift Guide 2015

November 27, 2015 0

‘Tis the season to make lists. For the moment, let’s just assume everyone is on the “nice” list. Sure, you can do all your shopping online these days, but why not put your money into […]

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Explore Austin: 5 Best Parks in West Austin

November 24, 2015 0

Oh, Austin. From your people to your outdoor spaces to your laid-back vibe, it’s no wonder people are flocking to our town in droves. For parents, a great way to get out of the house […]


Event: Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting, 11/29

November 24, 2015 0

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 49th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join emcee Quita Culpepper, Mayor Steve Adler, and Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley as they kick off […]

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Event: Wimberley Alive!, 11/27-28

November 23, 2015 0

Have you been wanting to support Wimberley as it rebuilds from recent floods? Here’s one way you can. Wimberley Alive, a music and art festival which was originally scheduled from October, has been rescheduled for […]

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Feature: Jennifer Perkins, Crafter, Blogger

November 23, 2015 0

Here at LiveMom, we love meeting new moms (and dads) doing interesting things around town. Our monthly features give us an excuse to learn more about these hardworking Austinites. I am constantly inspired by Austin’s […]

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