Join Us at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on 4/25/15!

The 5th annual LTYM Austin will be Saturday, April 25 at 3PM & 7PM

Tickets on sale now!


by leighann on April 16, 2015


Listen to Your Mother is a group effort, and we definitely couldn’t do it without all of our generous local sponsors. And this year we are proud to introduce you to a new local sponsor: BookPeople!

If you are from the Austin area, you know BookPeople as THE local bookstore in town. Located downtown at Lamar and 6th, BookPeople’s two expansive floors are stuffed with great reads and recommendations from all over the world. What I really love about BookPeople is that instead of seeing all of the same bestsellers sitting up front like you might in a national chain, BookPeople gets to display the books that they love and believe in! Many of the titles they promote are from emerging, local, or indie authors.

Peruse the store and you will not only find bookshelves lines with staff recommendations in every department, but you’ll also have to try really hard to resist some of the unique items they carry from local artists and artisans, from decorative items to jewelry. The store is truly a browser’s (and buyer’s!) paradise.

BookPeople also hosts some of the most amazing author events from both local writers like Susan Schorn and Jenny Lawson, as well as big names like B.J. Novak, Simon Pegg, and Stephen King. In June? NICK OFFERMAN. Seriously. Check out their events calendar for author events, book clubs, story times, and other kid and family activities.

We are thrilled to welcome BookPeople as a local sponsor for Listen to Your Mother for 2015. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to hold our first rehearsal a few Sundays ago in their third floor event space (which is available for rental). Our cast members grabbed a cup of tea or coffee in the cafe downstairs, then headed up to the third floor to share their amazing stories together for the first time. Thank you, BookPeople, for being a part of that incredible afternoon!

To find out more about BookPeople, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

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Meet the 2015 Cast – Round 3

by leighann on April 14, 2015

We introduced the entire 2015 Listen to Your Mother Austin cast list a few weeks ago, and now we’re giving you a chance to get to know our cast members just a little better! If you missed it, check out Round 1  and Round 2!

shelley schooley oswaldShelley Schooley Oswald is a freelance writer, blogger, coffee-addict, native Texan and mom. When she’s not at her day job or performing her duties as taxi driver and swim-mom/cheerleader for her two teen boys, she fills her evenings with kitchen experiments, Netflix binging, dipping her toes back into the dating pool, and untangling her latest crochet project. You can usually find her on Facebook or over at her personal blog, Slightly off Kilter, where she over-shares about relationships, raising gentlemen, and trying to find herself in the process.



Lisa OwenLisa Owen is a writer and blogger at My So Called Glamorous Life: The Adventures of a Domestic Engineer ( Her work has been featured on, Project Underblog, Centering Down and in the supplemental materials for The Princess Problem (available at Rebecca An Illinois transplant to Houston, Texas, she is a mother/step-mother in a blended family with five children ages 7 to 24. Lisa has a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University and spent 15 years working as a corporate/transactional paralegal for law firms and corporations before becoming a SAHM and pursuing her passion for writing.

jill robbinsJill Robbins is a wannabe wine snob and sometime runner from San Antonio, Texas.  She has a degree in social psychology which has so far been unhelpful in understanding the behavior of her husband and three children.   She writes about adoption, motherhood and midlife on her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals.  Jill is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Blunt Moms Babble, and Mamalode.  She’s also been published in The Washington Post’s On Parenting and has had writing featured on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia Voices, In the Powder Room, SheKnows Parenting, Midlife Boulevard, Beyond Your Blog and other places around the internet. Her print publications include the December 2014 issue of Mamalode and three upcoming anthologies about motherhood.  She someday hopes to write the books that are living in her head.  You can follow Jill on Facebook and Twitter.

Crystal ValentineCrystal Valentine was raised in Austin, Texas. She grew up a pastor’s daughter and spent her teenage years fully living up to this title.

Crystal tried to be cool once but found it exhausting. She now embraces the words of Charlotte Bronte: she would always rather be happy than dignified. She no longer conceals her love for Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music and she’s given up on hiding her tears while watching American Idol. (Also, Crystal’s children do not love it when she dances in public.)

Crystal lives in the tiny, homogenous suburb of Hutto with her two sons, one daughter, one husband and a dog. They head into Austin every chance they get to be closer to graffiti and Thai food. Crystal takes on occasional freelance writing projects and has published volumes of precious words on Facebook. She has several personal manuscripts that she hopes to find a home for.


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Meet the 2015 Cast – Round 2

April 9, 2015

We introduced the entire 2015 Listen to Your Mother Austin cast list a few weeks ago, and now we’re giving you a chance to get to know our cast members just a little better! If you missed it, check out Round 1 here! Elizabeth Jayne Liu started her blog, Flourish in Progress, to chronicle a yearlong shopping ban. Surprisingly, she survived, and now writes candidly about her former addictions, love of four-letter words, and her affinity for all things rap. Flourish in Progress was named a Blog of Note by Google Blogger, and Elizabeth has been featured on Glamour, Huffington Post, Adweek, CBS, and as the Daily Six for Six-Word Memoirs. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and her complete collection of Yo! MTV Raps Trading Cards. Connect with Elizabeth on Facebook and on Instagram @flourishinprogress. Brooke Meabon is a small business owner, a writer, runner, food-lover, and a chronic volunteer that’s fiercely in love with her city, San […]

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April 7, 2015

As you may know, our local sponsors are truly key in helping us make our show a success. This year we are excited to welcome back Special Addition Maternity and Nursing Boutique as a returning local sponsor for 2015! Special Addition is a true local business, run by husband and wife team Herb and Mur Anne Lawson. I met the Lawsons years ago, in my past life as a credit union employee, and I enjoyed getting to know them and their business during my years there. When I became pregnant with my twins, I found that among the other mothers of multiples, Special Addition was the most recommended shop for all things maternity and nursing. Special Addition opened in 1994, and has become Austin’s go-to shop for maternity, nursing, and baby gear. Their 3000 square foot space on Burnet Road holds nursery furniture, maternity apparel and gear (I would not have survived my twin pregnancy without my […]

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Meet the 2015 Cast – Round 1

April 5, 2015

We introduced the entire 2015 Listen to Your Mother Austin cast list a few weeks ago, and now we’re giving you a chance to get to know our cast members just a little better! Lane Buckman is a writer and artist, and the co-owner of Robyn Lane Books.  She is living out her happily ever after in a house filled with sweat socks, Legos, and more loads of laundry than three people should be able to make.  When she isn’t writing, publishing, promoting, or prepping art, she uses her degrees in English Literature and Religion in her day job as a banker.   Lisa Caldwell was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but don’t hold that against her. Her first year of college, she met a cute parking lot attendant who whisked her away to the wild west, first to Albuquerque, then to Reno where she cultivated her graphic design career specializing in gaming – the gambling kind, not the kind […]

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