Happy Mother’s Day 2013! So many gifts!

Mother’s Day arrived early for me this year and I have the joy of experiencing some incredible (professional/blogger) gifts this week:  it’s been the triple-crown of publicity for me with features on The Huffington Post, iVillage, and allParenting!

My tributes to my own Mom and to my twins are striking a chord online with Moms and families and parents.  And the magic from the Local Listen To Your Mother Show I Co-Directed/Produced has been fueling me all week (including my tv spot).

You can read them here:

The Huffington Post

iVillage

allParenting

I’m also still celebrating my first time on TODAY.com (*yes that TODAY).  Read my thoughts about Wonder Woman (fitting for Mother’s Day weekend!) here.

Thankful and grateful for my life — my work life, my family life, my ME-life.

Happy Mother’s Day!

xoxoxo

Listen To The Cast of Listen To Your Mother Providence

Today’s gift:  it’s the LTYM Providence Show tomorrow and I’m soaking up the pre-show excitement and indulging myself on blog posts from our amazing cast.

Each cast member is no longer just a cast member — she’s now a friend, a confidante, a motherhood-sister, an inspiration, a writing peer, a bright light and a star.

My words don’t adequately capture their words and so today I’m letting the amazing women in the Listen To Your Mother Providence cast speak for themselves.

Here are some blog posts to enjoy (I’ll keep adding to them leading up to the show — I may have missed a few!!):

http://www.multiplerealitiesblog.com/2013/05/showing-up-and-why-betty-draper-needed-a-blog-listen-to-your-mother-providence-show.html

http://ventingsessions.com/2013/04/24/darn-tootin/

http://www.dontlickthetrashcan.com/shaking-and-all/

http://www.redroundorgreen.com/2013/04/29/truth/

http://theseversons.net/2013/05/confidence/

http://www.mostlytruestuff.com/2013/05/socialanxiety.html

http://www.runawaysentence.com/2013/05/jangle-of-nerves.html

http://phyllis.tumblr.com/post/49458506643/dear-mom-summer-camp-is

https://onlineri.com/articles/good_business/kirsten-dichiappari-founder-president-chatter-group

http://barafare.blogspot.com

https://onlineri.com/articles/ask_mom

http://ventingsessions.com/2013/04/29/just-listen-to-your-mother/

http://phyllis.tumblr.com/post/49458506643/dear-mom-summer-camp-is

http://planetlazenby.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-love-smell-of-flop-sweat-in-morning.html

xoxoxo,

Laura and the Cast of LTYM Providence

Carla Molina (Co-Director/Producer)Kelly Baraf, Jennifer Ciplet, Brianne DeRosa, Kirsten DiChiappari, Jackie Hennessey, Lauren Jordan, Alicia Kamm, Marian Kent, Stephanie Lazenby, Lexi Magnusson, Phyllis Kim Myung, Jessica Severson

The Edna Adan Mother’s Day Project

Today’s gift:   I’m part of a group of bloggers supporting the Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland. (yes the same name you know from Half the Sky!) with blog posts showcasing limited edition prints celebrating mothers.

For all orders, half of all proceeds from the prints will be donated.

The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Every year, one baby in eight dies in infancy while nearly 4000 Somali women die in childbirth. This tragedy can be attributed in large part to the long civil war which brought about the death or departure of nearly all of the country’s trained health care professionals.”

The good news is that this hospital is working to change these statistics and improve maternal health. From educating midwives and fighting female genital mutilation, the Edna Adan University Hospital is making big changes for the people of Somaliland.

You can order here and read more about the hospital here.

The good news is that this hospital is working to change these statistics and improve maternal health. From educating midwives and fighting female genital mutilation, the Edna Adan University Hospital is making big changes for the people of Somaliland.

A few more details:
Mother’s Day prints will be for sale on Storenvy (link above)
Prints are $30 with free US shipping. They will ship in 3-5 business days of order and will arrive before Mother’s Day, May 12th.
Half of all proceeds will be donated to the Edna Adan University Hospital.

As a mother, I can’t help but think that helping other mothers and women for Mother’s Day is a gift that we should all consider giving.  Mothers are a universal sisterhood!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Is Cartboy the new Wimpy Kid?

“Hal Rifkind is a sixth grader who’s having the worst year of his life. Not only is Hal’s best friend going behind his back, but his dad makes him carry his books in an old lady cart and all the kids call him Cartboy. To make matters worse, Hal is nearly failing history. His teacher, Mr. Tupkin, gives the class a yearlong assignment to write a journal that will go in a time capsule so a future being can read it. Hal has no idea how he’s going to make it through sixth grade. But maybe, just maybe, the story of the founding fathers can help.”

Welcome to the world of Cartboy and the Time Capsule (pub date April 2013).

In the spirit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Cartboy is a novel that’s filled with illustrations, sketches, silly timelines, goofy photos, and hilarious captions.  But it is also so much more than a nod to that other bestselling series.  Cartboy is the reading ambassador I wish I’d known about when I was a struggling-to-read-kid in elementary school.

Author L.A. (Lori) Campbell lives in NYC and has two children.  Recently, I met Lori at a book party in New York (for another author) and we chatted about the best ways to get children to read – especially reluctant readers (and she commented that oftentimes these are our boys).

When Lori told me that her mission in life is to get all children to love books and fall in love with reading – especially reluctant readers aka me when I was as a child – she hooked me.

When, a few weeks later, Cartboy and the Time Capsule arrived at our front door, I had to wrestle my ten-year-old twins to the floor to get the copy first!  Unlike me, my boy-girl twins J and M LOVE reading (and always have) and have been anything but reluctant when it comes to embracing books.

It’s been several days since our trio finished this made-us-LOL-book, which is the first in a series (thank goodness).  We all loved it for different reasons and found ourselves debating over what was better, funnier, and our favorite part when my daughter and son told me (actually shouted at me) that I should let each review the book for my blog instead of me.

In the spirit of embracing books and making reading contagious, I am thrilled to share 10 year old J and M’s “He Said/She Said” review of Cartboy and the Time Capsule.

SHE SAID by J “Since I’m one minute older than M, I got to post the first review.  Cartboy (the book and the character) are SO funny. I loved it.  I think this book is “neutral” – by that I mean both girls and boys will love it but it’s probably a little more for boy.  It’s similar to Diary of a Wimpy kid but it is better because it has much more of a story and isn’t just a graphic novel it’s a real chapter book.  I liked all the characters a lot and the humor too.  I love cliffhanger endings and this had one but it was too much for me!  I need more info and I want LA Campbell to get the next book out soon.”

HE SAID by M Cartboy and the Time Capsule is a funny book. A really funny book.  It’s really good for boys to read because the humor is boy humor – bathroom humor, gross stuff.  I’m telling the truth when I say that it is a lot funnier than the Wimpy Kid books and it is one of the best books I have read in 4th grade.  Cartboy is a hilarious character.  When is the next book coming out?”

I can’t help but add my 2 cents here – watching J and M fight over and devour Cartboy is a dream come true.  I struggled to read and now as an adult I read all the time and in a coincidence that probably isn’t coincidental at all, I work in publishing.  Reading is a gift and opens doors for a lifetime of happiness. And it’s authors like L.A. Campbell touching our families in ways they’ll never know that make books the greatest gifts of all.

Now, I need to find out when the next book is out so I can grab the package before J and M!

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Today’s gift here on MSCSL is an obvious one:  Giving a child the lifelong gift of a love for reading. Here’s to curling up with a good book.

Sit-A-Thon for Belle: “Rhody Bloggers for Good” Doing Good!

Today’s gift:  community.  And hope.

I’m a proud and humble member of Rhody Bloggers for Good and this weekend we have joined forces virtually and in real life to support a little angel, Belle.

I hope you will read about Belle, her recent diagnosis with leukemia, and our fundraiser here.

I’m volunteering online and on my blog and via social media (on Twitter use hashtag #sit4belle) as well as donating to their incredible raffle prizes to help raise money for Belle and her family as they face her journey with a new cancer diagnosis.

You can help too:  anyone, anywhere can donate.  Our goal is to raise $15,000 by harnassing the support of our community and social media.  Donations can be made via YouCaring.

Here’s to celebrating the gifts of hope and community today and reaching out to Belle and her family.

We are 3! Happy Blog Birthday!

What they say is true: time flies when you are watching your baby grow up! In that spirit, today I want to celebrate My So-Called Sensory Life turning 3! Three years ago, on March 21, this blog was born. And she’s been good to me every day since the day I started blogging about the unexpected gifts of motherhood. I’ve lost count of the gifts I’ve blogged since those first 365 (in a row!) but I have experienced daily lessons and opened daily gifts every day since I started blogging.

Today’s gift: this blog. My So-Called Sensory Life. Blogging has changed my life and my world. I’m so grateful and happy to have you here to witness how MSCSL grows and changes.

Here’s to celebrating the unexpected!

Listen To Your Mother Providence!

To cast or not to cast!

My Co-Director/Co-Producer Carla of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER PROVIDENCE and I are in the process of picking and choosing the cast members for our first show.

Our auditions were inspiring, exciting, humbling, moving, emotional, funny, fierce and so much more than words can impart.

Fortunately for us, the stories that NEED to be told are emerging and through that process our cast is gelling.

I’ve been dreaming about our potential cast and the auditions and can’t wait until we get our final names locked in so that we can announce the first ever Providence LTYM cast.  The show is May 4 (Saturday) at 2pm at The Providence Public Library Auditorium.

Be sure to visit our local blog for the cast announcement (soon) and posts about our awesome and amazing local sponsors.

In keeping with My So-Called Sensory Life’s theme of daily gifts:  the gift of being a Director and Producer for Ann Imig’s show is one I’ll never forget.

Here’s to giving Mother’s Day a mic!   See you on stage!

Your Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Today’s gift:  My Next Big Thing!

Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling unsure of where your day—or your life—is going? You wonder what else might be out there. You think to yourself: What’s next?

Welcome to YOUR NEXT BIG THING - a new book and a Blog Hop that will hopefully change your life.

Several bloggers committed to join me to write about the new book YOUR NEXT BIG THING By Dr. Ben Michaelis and how they are each making and sustaining real change in 2013.

Commitment is key for making and sustaining real change in your emotional life.

Today I am committing to My Next Big Thing:   writing and blogging regularly again.  In 2010 when I started this blog, I committed to blogging every single day for 365 consecutive days and I did it. I blogged on vacation, on holidays,with sick twins, when traveling.  It felt incredible to hit send on Day #365.   Sadly, since then, I’m blogging and writing less frequently than I want to and so I want to change that TODAY.

How?

Dr. Michaelis writes that a true commitment to personal change requires 3 things:

      • Vision: It’s wonderful if you know exactly what you’d like the New You to look like, but it’s not necessary. All that that you need is to be open to imagining yourself and your life as different than they are now. You can explore the particulars along the way.
      • Promise: When you commit to change you implicitly make a promise. The promise is not to your husband, your sister, or even your kids. The promise you make is to yourself.
      • Energy: Energy and work mean purpose. When you truly believe in something, when you are moving with purpose, you are throwing your energy at something you believe in to make a change and to make it the way you want it to be.

I know I can make this change with Ben’s help and I invite you back to My So-Called Sensory Life weekly to read my new posts.  A Big thank you to Dr. Ben Michaelis for his guidance and inspiration.

Want to read other bloggers writing about their Next Big Thing?  Visit the other talented writers taking part in Your Next Big Thing Blog Hop here:

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2013: The Year to Dare Greatly

Today’s gift:   I’m featured on Moonfrye today where I review books and blog regularly.

I’m reviewing a special book that will change your life — how you parent, work, socialize, and live.  It’s called DARING GREATLY by Brene Brown.

Please head over and let me know how you plan to DARE GREATLY in 2013.

Cheers,

Laura

How To Celebrate The Holidays Every Day!

Today’s gift: I’m featured on Moonfrye.com.

Please visit to read my Top 10 List of How To Celebrate the Holidays Every Day.

http://moonfrye.com/2012/12/20/how-to-celebrate-the-holidays-every-day-in-december/

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, Laura

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart