ExMo Meet Up: The Rose Run Race in LA

For the first time since she has started her race, producing partner Jessica Cribbs will be in Los Angeles for the Rose Run this Summer, June 28th!

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She will hop in her minivan the next day for her annual pilgrimage out to Michigan to head up the race there.

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Please join me in an ExMo MeetUp and support Jessica and run or walk. Money is raised towards breast cancer, in honor of Jessica’s mom, Rose, who lost her battle in 2009.

More Info Here, Registration Open Soon

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Mom’s In Motion Los Angeles and A Runner’s Circle in Los Feliz, will be hosting a group of Rose Runners in Griffith Park for the 6th year in a row! You can sign up online to join them or sign up the morning of the run.

Griffith Park @ A Runner’s Circle
3216 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
7am       $20

Expressing Motherhood Gear in a Store

Today had me in one grouchy mood this morning.

I hadn’t been doing much ExMo for a few months, I’ve gained a bunch of weight and I needed to release some crazy in me.

I headed off to a much needed spin class and after breaking a sweat I pulled on my ExMo sweatshirt and headed across the street to my favorite children’s clothing story, It Takes A Village.

I always enjoy talking to Gigi and she has GREAT children’s clothing at really good prices. Sometimes I see her standing outside the shop before I enter and I always tell her to just stay outside so I can steal a bunch of cute stuff.

It doesn’t work and I always end up with something cute.

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I have become friendly with the owner Gigi as she used to be in the theatre world too.

I was about to pay for some hair clips for my girl when she noticed my sweatshirt, now that I like she said.

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She’s never sold women’s clothing at her store before but she will be selling our Expressing Motherhood sweatshirts, shirts and some racer backs very soon!

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We are currently sold out of the much liked design by my good friend Agnete Oernsholt so I’m ordering more.

Look for them at It Takes A Village  in a few weeks.

She also is selling our mugs and right now has a special going on where you can get one of our mugs and a cute mommy and me nail polish set for $24.

So our mugs are on  a shelf in a store, yeah!!

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And to think I was wearing the typical mom gear all day, hair slicked back in a bun and I got some business done.

I do love being a modern mom.

 

Mother’s Day SALE

We are slashing our prices. Low, low, low (said in low voice)

Seriously though all shirts will be $12 that includes shipping between now and May 10th!

Supplies available while they last.

 

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Just email us with your size and color and if it’s available we’ll shoot you a Paypal invoice, you pay and we ship it to you. We don’t guarantee when it will get to you as we will ship slow but the price can’t be beat!

 

Email lindsay@expressingmotherhood.com with your order.

Celebrate Creative Moms With Us This Mother’s Day Weekend

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This Mother’s Day Weekend Celebrate Creative Moms with Mary Trunk of “Lost in Living”, the national stage show “Expressing Motherhood”(us!), author Amanda Hirsch “Feeling My Way: Finding Motherhood Without Losing Myself” and comedians and singer song-writers “Mommy Tonk.”
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Expressing Motherhood will screen their latest show, performed in Hollywood, online.
Amanda will give away two copies of her book, details on her site.
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And last of all Mommy Tonk will give away two tickets to their upcoming show in Hollywood on May 15th and also give away to two national winners some of their brand spacing new Mommy Tonk gear! Which includes t-shirts, a swear jar, a mason jar and a tote.
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Head to their site for details.
We are all women who enjoy being both creative and being mothers and don’t think it has to stop just because we became mothers. Or else we’d go crazy. Some of us literally perhaps.
I’m excited to share our latest show with you online. For those of you from far away you’ll be able to see a whole show.
Plan a get together with your friends, watch it and talk about what’s going on in your own lives that relate.
Our hashtag is #exmoshow.
Looking forward to sharing part of Mother’s Day Weekend with you.
Our live streaming will start Friday May 9th at 4PM PST. So you East Coasters can start watching it at 7PM your time.

On Validation

I just voted in some awards thing for artists.

And while I was doing it I couldn’t help feel a few things.

One emotion was linked to a certain movement of my hand mocking someone jacking off. I’ll admit, that might have been my inner teen and younger person who considered herself alternative and enjoyed independent films rather then mainstream ones.

The other part of me sat with her arms crossed and brow furrowed saying boo-hoo why am I not up here on this list.

The two sides lay within me as I’m sure they do most people.

I’ve always pursued an artistic path and have never wanted to “sell out” even when I had to take jobs to make money to pay my rent I wanted to make sure I took the job that allowed me the most freedom to spend time making short films on the side or auditioning.

Yes, even if the jobs weren’t ideal.

Then there is the strange world of online blogging. Both wonderfully opening to everyone and also just as political as the rest. Quickly marrying bloggers with companies.

I’m sharing this because I went through a time when I hustled just for the passion of wanting to do this show. I just loved it, loved it, loved it.

People told me to do this and that and I had already thought of that and this but I also knew my kids were babies, some still just pre-conceived notions and I had to pull myself back.

I did do some hustling for one year.

Thinking maybe I could make money off of this.

And after a year nothing changed, well except Maria Shriver came over to my house and interviewed myself and Jessica.

It felt good to be seen by her and her producer, whom got us 100%.

While I know I could hustle harder I find myself pulling back more and more and snuggling into my kids more and more.

I am listening to my husband’s words, reminding myself of them, he’s said them for awhile, I am lucky to have this outlet. Don’t let it get to me to try and do more.

For what?

Really, for what?

Even if I don’t make money off of it and even if I don’t receive external recognition I have to feel satiated just from doing it.

I have and do.

But sometimes something brings up those two images, the sarcastic alternative chick and they very young me wanting to admiration.

As an artist though, what I find I need is to express myself in order to not go crazy.

And since I’ve never considered myself a sell out I have to remind myself it is OK not to be recognized in some kind of media or awards.

I share this because  I have talked to a few creative moms who have driven themselves crazy and who have also walked away from their creative endeavors for awhile, sometimes years, to focus on their kids.

They all return.

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And I share because perhaps you might be beating yourself up for not being on some list.

I get it, the list might/probably means companies might endorse you and that’s great, but if you are coming at this from a form of creative expression you’ll only make yourself nuts or worse, compromise yourself trying to get that.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself in my delirious state of mommy hood exhaustion this afternoon.


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ExMo Meet Up – Dinner Next Saturday

Come join me for an ExMo Meet Up next Saturday, April 12th, 6:15 at Rosa Mexicano for some Mexican food and conversation.

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I reserved a table for 6, we will all split the bill equally and have a good time.

Just let me know you are coming by reserving your spot here on Eventbrite.

ExMo alum Alana Hampton recently launched her own line called Frisky Fish LA and everyone who attends will go home with some of her new line. All of Frisky Fish essentials are made with the finest quality therapeutic grade essential oils and contain a touch of coconut oil to make them safe to apply to the skin.

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Looking forward to hanging with you!

ExMo News

Right now there is not another show planned just quite yet.

I have been enjoying some time with my kids, well, really my hair has been falling out trying to keep it all together and I’m reminded how much I love this show so I will plan another one sooner rather then later.

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Our first ExMo Meet Up was a big success. We really had a fun evening watching the documentary “Lost In Living” and having a Q&A with the director Mary Trunk. Mary said we were her liveliest bunch ever, imagine that!

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I will plan another ExMo Meet Up soon.

I’m also thrilled to let you know I’m helping Mommy Tonk produce a ONE NIGHT only night of comedy with these ladies in May.

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Get ready to buy your ticket. Tickets will run out the door.

Details to come very soon, ie in the net 24 hours.

Lastly, don’t forget we have fabulous Expressing Motherhood shirts for sale. They make a great mother’s day gift.

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We have some in maternity sizes.

Thank you for your continued support in Expressing Motherhood.

And to all of you creative moms out there I hope you keep writing and consider submitting.