Thank you, Austin!

by leighann on May 8, 2015

Wow! Listen to Your Mother Austin has already come to a close for another year, with two more successful shows in the books. There was laughter; there were tears; there were lots and lots of used tissues.


We are so grateful for everyone who made this show possible. We truly could not do it without each and every one of you.

To the 2015 cast, thank you for sharing your stories with us. Each of you shone an intentional light on a particular facet of motherhood, and it was our honor to give you a place to tell your story.

To our fearless National Director Ann Imig and the Listen to Your Mother national team, thank you for your continued support as Austin proudly carries on this annual tradition. We’re so happy to be a part of this movement.


We’d like to extend a hearty thanks to our new and returning local sponsors, whose continued support means the world to us:

Special Addition Maternity & Nursing Boutique
Molly Austin Realtor
Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars
Live Mom
Free Fun in Austin

To our photographer, Casey Chapman- Ross, and our videographer, AHD Multimedia, thank you for your time, your talent, and for the amazing moments you captured.


To our Listen to Your Mother Austin alumni, thank you for continuing to support us by promoting the show, volunteering your time, and showing your support in the audience. LTYM has truly fostered an amazing community in the Austin area.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for hosting our event and catering to our every need.

And finally, thank you to our charitable cause, Hand to Hold. Thank you for all that you do to support and assist families dealing with prematurity, special needs, or loss. Your work is truly monumental, and we are honored to support your cause.

See you in 2016, Austin!


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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

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 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 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 […]

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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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