Cindy Vattathil

Cindy is a native Houstonian who has lived in the same five-mile radius within Spring Branch her entire life. As an artist, she originally had dreams of living in NYC. However, because her least favorite things include cold weather and crowds, it clearly wasn’t meant to be. Aside from the warm climate, her favorite things about Houston include knowing where the best taco trucks are parked, pointing out personal landmarks, and avoiding Loop 610 like the plague. When she’s not doing those things, you can find her running an occasional lap, reading the latest novel, making art, or doing all the stuff you can imagine from a mother of three (except for making Jell-O – never ever ever!). One day she even hopes to write a novel…but that’s another story. In the meantime, you can check out more of her words at You can also check out her art at or follow along on her quest to read all the books on Instagram.
family of 5 in front of bookshelf

Clean Clothes and Interracial Families

“Who’s the momma?” a washing machine repairman asked me years ago. Looking up from his work, he noticed my swarthy children standing in stark contrast of my almost translucent skin. In his mind, I’m...
toddler girl sits in bed

Five Reasons Why Losing Naptime Isn’t So Bad

My grandmother, the perpetual optimist, used to always speak of the idea that when one door closed another would open in its place. And as much as I’ve wanted to believe this to be...
sick mom holds baby

When Mom is Sick: Tips for Getting Better When You Can’t Call In

In my house, no matter what time of year it is, I am always the one most likely to be sick with something. I’ve tried all the immune-boosting supplements and vitamins on the market,...
preschool girl in cap and gown accepts diploma

I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying: Facing the End of the Preschool Era

I have been trying my best not to think about it, but it’s coming, and I know I’ll have to face it soon. The last day of school is around the corner and I’m...