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by Galit on May 1, 2017

We can hardly believe it, but Listen to Your Mother Twin Cities is THIS Thursday! We have less than 30 tickets left, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, make sure to get them today! 

One thing that we all know for sure is that our Twin Cities show would be impossible to put on without the generous support of our sponsors.

What you might not know, though, is that Vikki and I are super choosy about who we work with. We want to work with sponsors who we already adore and respect and can throw all of our support toward.

So when we found Melanie and John Willy of Edina Realty, my goodness, did we ever know that they’d be perfect for us!

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Melanie and John sold my (Galit) house in less than two weeks and were so kind, helpful, and total go-getters.

We sat down with Melanie to learn a bit more about her and their business and what we learned is that we adore them even more than we thought we would. Friends, meet the Willys. We know you will adore them, too!


Galit: Tell us a little bit about your family. 

Melanie: My husband John (we’ll be celebrating our 16 year wedding anniversary in August), Jace (11 yrs), Makenna (9yrs) and Mallory (turning 6 next month), a gerbil named Gizmo, a beta fish and I.  Our family loves to travel, spending time enjoying the outdoors, watching movies, playing board games, watching and attending soccer games (we are season ticket holders to MN United FC) and cheering for other MN sports teams.  In addition to selling real estate John is very active in coaching soccer for the Eagan Wave program and I keep busy with volunteering at church, school and am active in the PTO.  We have three very active kids who participate in sports such as gymnastics, traveling soccer, softball and lacrosse.

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Galit: Now tell us all about your business. 

Melanie: I started selling real estate in 2001 and John joined me about one year later.  We work for Edina Realty in Eagan and have been here since we started our careers in real estate.  Our business is built on referrals.  Over 75% of our business last year came from referrals.  A fun fact is that I appeared on the HGTV show Househunters with some of my clients.  We work with all types of buyers and sellers including first-time buyers, investors, new construction and homeowners moving up or downsizing.

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Galit: I’d love to hear what your favorite thing is about your work. 

Melanie: My most favorite thing about selling real estate is the relationships that we make and getting to see buyers and sellers fulfill their dreams.  Every day is different in real estate.

Galit: Now, the million dollar question—why did you decide to partner with LTYM?

Melanie: We’ve decided to partner with LTYM because we support and celebrate mothers.  This is such a great event!   Motherhood is a wonderful journey and we can all relate to stories told about motherhood in some way.

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I have one word for Melanie and John: swoon.

If you, or someone, you love is looking for a realtor in The Cities, I can’t recommend the Willys enough! Also, make sure to follow them on Facebook—their meme game is strong. :)

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It’s Almost Show Time!

by Vikki on April 24, 2017

IMG_8904The fifth Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show is less than two weeks away!

You’ve met our cast.

You’ve gotten to know our local sponsors.

You’ve become reacquainted with this year’s emcee.

But you haven’t heard the stories–yet.

Galit and I have been fortunate enough to hear each of them in auditions, at our first table read, and again this past weekend at our last rehearsal before the show and we can’t wait for you to hear them.

Listen To Your Mother is a celebration of motherhood but also a testament to the power of a story. Stories can open our hearts and minds to worlds that are different than our own, filling us with insight and compassion. They can give voice to shared experiences that help us make sense of our own lives and make us feel heard even though we are the listeners. Stories can make us think and reflect and feel.

We’ve had the gift of sitting with this year’s stories for the past several weeks and have no doubt that they will do what the best stories do. They will stay with you long after you leave the theater.


Join us on May 4th at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater to hear what this cast has to say.

Get your tickets today by clicking right here!

And a reminder–10% of ticket proceeds go to benefit the Jermiah Program!

We’ll see you there!


Photos courtesy of Ann Marie Photography

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Listen to Your Mother #TwinCities Welcomes An Emcee To Remember!

April 20, 2017

Oh Twin Cities friends, you are in for SUCH a treat! We are thrilled to announce that the emcee for this year’s show is none other than Sally Koering Zimney, who read the show-stopping closing act in our 2016 show, “I’m Thankful for Tacos.” Join us on May 4th at the beautiful and historic Riverview Theatre and you, too, can hug Sally like this after the show. Just kidding about that—but this beautiful moment of Sally after the show captures the heart and essence of what it feels like to be at a Listen to Your Mother show. It’s hard to explain, but this image comes pretty close! Sally’s short bio reads: Sally is an award-winning speaker, presentation coach and consultant, and host of This Moved Me, a podcast about the art of public speaking. She believes a good talk can move the world – even a 5-minute one! Her first paying acting gig […]

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6 Small businesses in the #TwinCities that we love

April 6, 2017

We can hardly believe it, but our Twin Cities Listen to Your Mother show is exactly one month away from today! We’re busily ironing out the details behind the scenes and we’re spending just as much time reveling in just how breath taking this year’s show is turning out to be. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, don’t wait! Get your tickets right here. Today, we’re excited to celebrate our one month pre-show date by introducing you to the 6 amazing small businesses who are our local sponsors in the Twin Cities. We only invite businesses to work with us who we already respect and adore, so we mean it when we say: Here are 6 Twin Cities businesses we love to patron and know that you will, too! Melanie and John Willy, Edina Realty MELANIE AND JOHN understand there is a difference between PROVIDING A SERVICE and DELIVERING SERVICE. In the real estate […]

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Listen to Your Mother Twin Cities: Meet our cast!

March 16, 2017

We recently announced the full cast for this year’s Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show. Now, it’s time to learn more about the women who will bring their stories of motherhood to the historic Riverview Theater on May 4, 2017. Today, we introduce you to Tzitel, Molly, and Emily. Tzitel Voss is a Speech Communications and Theater teacher and consultant with 20 years of experience in a broad range of fields. The greater part of her career has been spent within the field of education where she teaches communications classes and coaches nationally-ranked competitive speakers. ​Beyond the educational setting, Tzitel has worked with The Moth and Fringe Festival storytellers in preparation for the stage. She also has had the privilege to work with Public Defenders and Criminal Defense Lawyers on developing skills to share the stories of their clients in the courtroom. Tzitel has made a career out of listening to stories: stories of her students, […]

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