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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Talking to Children About Homelessness

September 6, 2010 2

Our house is close to the Mopac access road. Since my son isn’t in elementary school yet, we venture out most days for preschool, playdates or errands. Inevitably, we stop at a red light before […]

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What’s your idea of a vacation?

August 30, 2010 0

As I ease back into reality after an end-of-summer visit to my in-laws, I think about how having children totally changed the way I think about trips. As a family, we travel to the Northeast […]

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What are you packing? And a giveaway!

August 17, 2010 8

It’s official: the start of school is right around the corner. Many moms have resigned themselves to getting their sun-kissed children back into school routines. School supplies have been purchased, and newly-minted clothes are ready […]

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The Summer Blahs

August 10, 2010 0

Oh, the joys of summer. The surprise trips to get ice cream. The almost-daily visits to the pool. The road trips. The sound of the cicadas during a hot, breezeless afternoon. Summer certainly has its […]

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Ever been curious about Snake World?

July 27, 2010 0

Lori and Nicole recently packed up the kiddos and headed down to check out the Animal World and Snake Farm. Here are our impressions: Lori’s take: I love a good adventure, and one of my […]

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We Came. We Talked. We Ate. We Socialized.

July 12, 2010 6

“Dedicated to building a better village.” One of the ways we try to live up to this mantra at LiveMom is by hosting the annual Austin Bloggin’ Mama Social. If you attended the event last […]

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Parenting fears

July 5, 2010 1

What is the thing you most worry about, as a parent? Is it that you might somehow get separated from your child/ren? That your kid/s might be involved in an accident? Or, perhaps that he […]

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Hill Country Summer Fun

June 28, 2010 2

For the last year, my husband, parents and I had been talking about taking an international trip this summer. Unfortunately, airfares were just too high to justify the trip. This change in plans left a […]

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It’s Getting Hot Out There

June 22, 2010 5

So, as of yesterday, summer is officially here! Now we enter the portion of the year when a walk in the frozen section of HEB is divine and sweat marks after minutes outdoors are commonplace. […]

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Austin’s Roller Derby Mamas

June 7, 2010 4

If you caught my post last week, you will remember that Austin is largely responsible for the world-wide rebirth of women’s roller derby. Part sport, part social and all about empowering women, derby is also […]

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Preview: Roller Derby Mamas

May 31, 2010 2

I have a not-so-secret obsession with roller derby. If you have been living under a rock for the past decade dedicating your life to your children for the past several years, you may not know […]

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Toxic friends

May 24, 2010 2

When your kids are itty bitty, most of the socializing benefits the mama. As they get older, of course, kids choose their own friends. Some which you may approve of, and others, which you don’t. […]

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Road Trip: Pedernales Falls State Park

May 10, 2010 1

With summer just around the corner, I’m feeling that inevitable panic. How am I going to entertain my child all summer!? Yes, we have a few camps here and there, but I’m someone that prefers […]

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The Closure of Family Connections

April 20, 2010 5

If you have been a patron of Family Connections, you probably already know the news. Last week, articles in the Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman‘s Charity Chat and on KVUE revealed that the Austin nonprofit was […]

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Got butterflies?

April 12, 2010 1

Do you have a budding nature lover in your household? Are you interested in a very short-term “pet”, yet not quite ready for the commitment of an ant farm? Enter Insect Lore, a company which […]

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School Lunch Reform

April 5, 2010 6

First came Fast Food Nation. Then, Super Size Me. The latest installment in the man-aren’t-we-Americans-disgusting-in-what-we-eat comes to us delivered with a British accent in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. After seeing several comments from other moms […]

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Meet Six Central Texas Mompeneurs

March 30, 2010 3

While some new moms struggle with the direction of their career after having a baby, some moms decide this is the perfect opportunity to start a new business. Plans are written in between diaper changes, […]

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Capturing memories

March 23, 2010 4

“You MUST write that down!”, a friend tells me when I share a story about my son’s recent escapades. And I do….the next day….on a scrap of paper. Which goes on top of the Leaning […]

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Have kids, will SXSW

March 16, 2010 7

Whenever the subject of South by Southwest comes up in conversation among my fellow moms, there are sighs. Wistful looks. Then there are the moms who are used to taking their children anywhere who don’t […]

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Parentnoia

March 9, 2010 4

From the moment a woman learns she is pregnant, she is bombarded with a litany of warnings, unsolicited advice and well-meaning recommendations on what she should and shouldn’t be doing, eating, etc. Make sure to […]

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Nurturing Your Pint-Sized Gardeners

March 2, 2010 1

In terms of Texas weather, we are squarely in that in between time. Some days are amazing. While other parts of the country were still covered in snow, just over a week ago we were […]

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An alternative to a baby shower: a blessingway

February 23, 2010 5

The baby shower. It’s a rite of passage for many moms-to-be. It’s the time for your mom’s friend (who you never remember meeting), your former co-worker you haven’t seen in months or perhaps even a […]

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Featuring: Katie Malinski

February 16, 2010 6

I first met Katie Malinski when she volunteered for a program I managed at the Girls Empowerment Network (GENaustin). Then she had a daughter, and I had a son, and we reconnected as moms. Katie […]

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Distracted driving

February 8, 2010 2

When was the last time you noticed someone driving erratically, only to pass him or her and discover that — of course — the driver was talking on a cell phone while driving? It seems […]

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Hosting a Tamale-making Party

February 2, 2010 8

It must be the Greek portion of my DNA that associates all social gatherings with food. So perhaps it should have been no surprise to my friends and family when I got a hankering to […]

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Got art?

January 17, 2010 0

Winter always brings questionable weather here in Austin and more time indoors…a great time to make some art! Here is a look at a few calls for art: All Kids Can…Create! State of the Art […]

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Kids and errands

January 12, 2010 0

Now that the new year is here, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Decorations out of sight, thank you notes written, gifts put away. After the go-go-go of the holiday season is […]

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Setting up a food tree

January 5, 2010 3

Do you remember the first few weeks after your first child arrived? For me, it’s blurry, but it goes by like a slideshow. Sleeping on the floor in my son’s room so we could make […]

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Positive Parenting

December 29, 2009 1

Along with the joy, excitement and fun times of the holidays, there is also inevitably stress, crankiness and tears. And I’m not just talking about the children… The holidays and the start of the new […]

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DIY Volunteering

December 22, 2009 2

Many parents choose to incorporate giving to others into their holiday traditions. Granted, helping out those who are less fortunate is a great thing to do any day of the year. Especially in tough economic […]

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Holiday Calorie Counting

December 15, 2009 3

‘Tis the season to be eating, baking, drinking gingerbread/peppermint/eggnog lattes and skipping regular workouts to get all those errands done. To help keep your mama guilt in check, we here at LiveMom would like to […]

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Curling Up with a Good Magazine

December 8, 2009 2

Reading books. In theory, few things sound better. In fact, I feel compelled to get under the covers with a good book now that it’s winter-y out. But, somehow, I find now I have the […]

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Giving Experiences This Holiday Season

December 1, 2009 5

It’s hard not to get caught up in the holiday gift buying hysteria. Although I don’t get many catalogs anymore (thanks partly to Catalog Choice), the ones I received right before Thanksgiving were marked “Late […]

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Mom Jeans

November 24, 2009 5

It’s that time of year again. Out with the shorts, in with the pants. At least for the next few months. Having emerged relatively unscathed from swimsuit buying season, thanks to a suprisingly decent Speedo […]

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Stopping At One

November 17, 2009 6

I am an only child. When I reveal this, people always say, “But you don’t ACT like an only child!” I’m still not quite sure what that means. I never thought it was so horrible […]

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It’s (Sometimes) Not Easy Being Green

November 10, 2009 1

Parenthood is full of difficult choices. Whether it’s deciding whether or not to vaccinate your child for swine flu, agreeing with your partner on a discipline strategy or finding a school, there is never ONE […]

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