Cast Spotlight: Danielle Sibley

by stephaniejankowski on April 21, 2015

Danielle Sibley, one of the ladies who is going to make you laugh-pee at our inaugural Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh show, looks fantastic in the color green.

I’m sorry, what was that? Is it TOO relevant. Have you seen the woman rock green?!

Anyway, Danielle isn’t originally from Pittsburgh, but she blends in nicely with her easy smile and fantastic sense of humor. I’m also a fan of the fact that she is a wardrobe stylist because Mama needs a closet make-over!!

What?! I beg to differ: her past gigs and how they can benefit my mom jean wardrobe are certainly relevant.

Since I’m having a difficult time staying focused today, let’s get to the reason for this post: Ms. Danielle Sibley!Danielle S

Q: Who are you, anyway?

A: I’m a Texan transplanted to Pittsburgh by way of my husband’s job. Over the past 5 years I’ve moved 6 times with my wonderful husband for his medical education, while carving out niches for myself each time we relocate. In the West Indies it was working with orphans, in Brooklyn, Chicago, and Dallas /Fort Worth it was freelance wardrobe styling for magazines and advertising; Here in Pittsburgh with the arrival of my son (and another baby on the way), I’m discovering the joys of being a stay at home mom, a DIYer and a fledgling writer.

Q: Will you share some of your work with us?

A: I just started a blog, Breaking Up With Your Life! Work coming soon!

Q: How did you discover LTYM?

A: I heard about Listen to Your Mother when friends from my moms group reached out and encouraged me to audition for a show they’d heard about that was coming to Pittsburgh. My husband got wind of it and also prodded me to audition. I’ve never done anything like this before so it was an honor and a huge shock to be cast.

Q: My favorite thing I’ve ever written….

A: Aside from the hundreds of emails exchanged over a year between my husband and I (we started our relationship as pen pals), I’d have to say a story I wrote about a crazy work experience during the holidays in 2008. The piece closes with an off color version of Jingle Bells that sums up the story. It will eventually end up getting published on my blog.

Q: What do you wish for your children?

A: My wish for my children… I have several, but the biggest two are that they are able to grow up in a less prejudiced environment and world than I did. Growing up is hard enough on it’s own, but as a biracial child myself, I faced some “extra” challenges that I hope my kids don’t have to deal with. My second wish that I know my husband echoes is that they become “good people.” People who are involved in their community, their family & generally steer their compass toward the good of mankind through their actions and words. We’re not setting the bar high or anything….

Q: What do you love most about Pittsburgh?

A: What I love most about Pittsburgh is how kid friendly the city is. There are a million and one things for kids and families to do and participate in. Everything from various story times at local libraries, spray parks, a wonderful children’s museum, to festivals, concerts and camps … It’s definitely not what we expected when we relocated here and it’s all a big reason why we’re strongly considering putting roots down here.

Q: If you could only eat at one restaurant in Pittsburgh, which would it be and why?

A: That’s an easy decision. Smiling Banana Leaf in the Highland Park neighborhood is my Pittsburgh fave. It’s a small family Thai restaurant that has the best Kao Soy I’ve ever had. I could eat it every day. Whenever family and friends come to town  they always request making a trip there or getting it takeout. Can’t recommend it enough.

Q: What are the best resources for mother’s here in Pittsburgh?

A: Off the top of my head there are three that I wished I had known about when I became a mom.

  • 1st is New Moms Coffee a free mom’s  support group provided by kids plus pediatrics, created and led by a therapist/childbirth educator/ and general lover of moms everywhere Kathy McGrath. This group saved me.
  • 2nd The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog: It has become mine and several mom friend’s go to page for what’s happening around town kid and family-wise. I’ve found everything from weekly activities to the school he’ll be starting in the fall from this blog.
  • 3rd: The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is a wonderful space that has everything a parent or kid could hope for. A safe contained space for kids and infants to interact, play with and try new toys out in. Like the name suggests, you can actually check the toys out to bring home with you for a time. It’s Genius!

In true Pittsburgh mother-fashion, Danielle has managed to be sincere, sweet, real, and helpful all in one! You don’t want to miss her on May 8 where she debuts her gift to tackle the hard topics with humor.

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