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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky

I attended the Art'N Soul White Linen poetry event last weekend. These are photos of my friends and I. They each gave a wonderful performance.


Poets Kimeko Farrar, Joneia P. Brown, Marc Lacy and Lena Sledge




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Friday, May 9, 2014

Watch Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of Unplanned Motherhood

Yay! The entire first season of Unplanned Motherhood is available for viewing on Youtube. You can go watch the last three episodes of Season 1 right now. I hope you love it as much as we enjoyed making it. The talented child actors did a superb job. Please make sure you leave a comment on each video encouraging them to continue doing what they love. And to help support us, please share the videos on your social media networks and email. By getting enough exposure, we can hopefully make season 2. We sure want to make more episodes for you, so please help us spread the word.

Thank so much for all your continued support. We've had a ball! Below are the first three episodes in case you missed them. Once you're done watching those, head over to Youtube and watch Episodes 4: House on Fire, Episode 5: Growing Pains and Episode 6: Babysitter Blues.

Thanks so much for all your support!

~ Love,
   Lena

Episode 1: Happy Dance
Episode 2: Gravy Legs
Episode 3: Don't Touch the Spoon

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kindle Fire Giveaway for Mother's Day!

Happy Mothers Day Kindle



Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)
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Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Watch Unplanned Motherhood on WHNT News Channel 19

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Beth Jett about my web series, Unplanned Motherhood on WHNT News Channel 19. It was a rewarding experience.

I would like to think I did a decent job. The cast truly enjoyed seeing themselves on the news. As you can imagine, the kids were super excited.

Take a moment and watch the interview on WHNT.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Unplanned Motherhood Red Carpet Premiere!

Only a few days until the red carpet premiere of Unplanned Motherhood. I'm excited. The cast and I have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event a success. If you're in the area, please come share this extraordinary day with us. It is this Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6 PM at Chan Auditorium on the campus of The University of Alabama Huntsville.

This is a family event so bring your entire family. We will have free popcorn and face painters. You can walk the red carpet and have your photo taken. Then join us as we watch the entire first season of Unplanned Motherhood. I know many of you may have already seen episodes 1-3, but at the premiere we are going to watch all six episodes. Yep, all six! And afterwards, there will be a Q&A with the cast and crew. Now, if you can't make the premiere, make sure to watch episodes 4-6 on Youtube, this Monday, March 5, 2014.

If you're in town, come join us. We would love to share our special day with you.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Special Thank You From Unplanned Motherhood

I've been quite busy planning a red carpet event for the first season premiere of Unplanned Motherhood. And although I'm the creator, director and producer of the web series, I've had a lot of help behind the scenes. So a thank you is in order.

I'd like to first thank the cast and crew of Unplanned Motherhood. They did an exceptional job. And a very special thank you to the parents of the cast that play my kids; Krista Colvin, Sherry Kilpatrick, Charles Kilpatrick, Nicki Heuer and Shaquila Willie. And a special thank you to my co-star Ashley Coughlin and my director of photography, Jay Burleson. They have been extremely supportive in getting this web series promoted and helping me plan the red carpet. I don't know what I would've done without them.

A big thank you to my family and friends who have continually supported me by sending encouraging words, running errands and doing labor behind the scenes. Love you to pieces to my sisters, my best friend, aunties, cousins and my own kids.

And a huge thank you to our sponsors of the red carpet event. We have two wonderful generous sponsors who helped us; Marc Lacy and Joneia Brown. We also have lots of family, friends and businesses that gave us love offerings just to make sure we could get our red carpet up and going. So a very special thank you to A's Accounting and Booking, A-1 Tax and Accounting Services, Athens Auto Tire and Wrecker Service, Edibile Arrangements, Neema International Performing Arts Cener, Out Front TutoringSew Couture and Ty Horton Photography.

And the biggest thank you goes to my husband. He is the one person that motivates me when I'm tired, nervous and scared. He encourages me and loves me unconditionally and when you're pursing your dreams, being love is like fuel for your soul. So I'm glad he is my husband, because with him, I'm never on empty.

~ Love,
   Lena










Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Unplanned Motherhood Giveaway


Hi all,

Hopefully, by now you've heard about the new web series I created called Unplanned Motherhood starring myself, and a wonderful cast of actors and actresses. If you haven't check out my cast introduction post. I wrote, directed, and produced the series based on my life as a mother of five. It's a comedy web series and I've already released episodes 1, 2 and 3. So, if you haven't watched them, take a moment and watch them now.

Also, we are having a giveaway for the web series. At the end of the post you can fill out the Rafflecopter form for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. It's free and easy to enter.

Don't forget to tell me what you think about the web series and please let me know you watched by leaving a comment on my Youtube channel. And subscribe to my channel as well so you'll be one of the first to know when the next three episodes are released next month. Also, you can like our Facebook page to keep up with news, updates and casting calls.

Enjoy the episodes and good luck in winning the giveaway!








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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky

Here's a few photos I took a couple of months ago. I've been trying to explore using my new camera, Canon 5D Mark III. The theme was old hollywood glamour from the 1930's and 40's.
Whatchathink? Did I capture the era?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Cast from the Web Series, "Unplanned Motherhood"


I want to introduce to you the cast of Unplanned Motherhood. I started this web series with an idea to write a book. My friends kept telling me to write a book based on my family because my five children are hilarious. I must admit they are pretty darn funny. So instead of writing a book, I decided to create a web series based on my life. Each episode is derived from an actual event. Each child in the web series is in some way a version of my own child.

So I want to introduce to you, my children. Well, my "fake" children. And the talented actress that plays my best friend. They are unique and funny and the actors that play them are extremely talented. So welcome them with a hello or stop by one of their social site and wish them luck! They truly deserve it. And don't forget to tune in on March 28th on Youtube!!! You catch a sneak peek now at the bottom of the post. :-)


Stefani Colvin aka Brooke
Stefani Colvin plays Brooke, a twelve year old with a teenage attitude. She wants the protection of her mom, yet wants to assert her own independence. She's trying to find her way as a big sister and a pre-teen, and in doing so, struggles with finding her identity. She wants her privacy, but doesn't understand the concept of giving the same to her mother. Brooke is a funny character because she is the antitheses of what she doesn't want to be.

Stefani Colvin is a smart, creative fourteen year old that loves to sing and act. She is a member of the junior national honor society and a self defined fashionista. She is a child model for Alabama Fashion Alliance and has experience in print and runway. She has been in three music videos and local theater. She loves horse back riding, shopping, photography, outdoor activities and hanging out with her friends.



Aidan Heuer plays Spoon
A ten year old boy with special needs. He is sweet kind hearted soul that only wants to what is fair. What keeps Spoon grounded is the constant need to carry around a spoon that he repeatedly taps on the palm of his hand. He's carried the spoon since he was a toddler, hence the name Spoon. You will love Spoon because what he cares about most is his family and his spoon, and you don't want to mess with either of them. And he has some really great dance moves too.

Aidan Heuer is 11 and likes to remind his mom that he is "almost 12, which is almost a teenager." He will be in the 7th grade next year. Aidan is making his first on screen debut as "Spoon". He has been dancing for numerous local audiences for the last 4 years, as well as modeling for Alabama Fashion Alliance. He enjoys performing on any stage. In his free time he likes playing football (his team went 8-0 and played in the National Championship in Orlando, FL) basketball. He is also a huge Xbox fan. Aidan is a natural comedian and has been entertaining his family and friends since he was a toddler.

Grayson aka Deacon
Deacon is a fast-talking eight year old who thinks he can get the one up on his mom at all times. He also believes he's a lady magnet and seizes every opportunity to drop a pick up line on a cute girl. He is very protective of his siblings. He and Spoon often get into trouble together, with Deacon being the mastermind. Grayson is a funny mischievous character with a charming personality.

Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick became interested in acting after meeting a fellow actor Grayson Russell from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Grayson was extra on Space Warriors that was filmed Space and Rocket Center. Since then Grayson had been taking Acting Classes at Hollywood Huntsville under Bill and Ayoka Billions. Grayson loves playing Mindcraft, playing football, riding his bike and taking Karate classes under Master Jay at Alexander Martial art. Grayson loves watching Disney XD and Nickelodon, in the fall he love watching SEC College football and a huge fan of Alabama Crimson Tide.


Ari plays Ari
Ari is a percocious five year old who loves playing the role of big sister to her baby sister Sonny. Ari has a bubbly personality and adorable smile. She takes pride in helping her baby sister and her mom. She has a unique style as most five years old do. She insists on dressing herself and often doesn't match her clothes. This five year old is destined to be a fashionista someday. You'll love her bubbly spirit and her stylish choices.

Ari Heuer is 6 years old and will be a second grader next year. This is Ari's first on screen debut and she is very excited to be part of the cast. Ari enjoys dancing, singing playing with her American Girl Dolls and Build a Bear stuffed animals. She also enjoys modeling with Alabama Fashion Alliance. She loves watching movies and spending time with her family and friends. Ari is certainly a spunky out going little sweetheart.


Morgan aka Sonny
Sonny is the baby of the family. She is four years old and has a peculiar way of deciding if she likes someone. She often trails behind Ari and tries to be a big girl. Wherever Ari goes, Sonny is not far behind. The two sisters are inseparable and together can create an adorable mess for their mom to clean up.

Morgan Hamilton is 4 years old. She enjoys dance, singing, school, helping mommy cook, and playing dress up. She has danced since the age of 2. She's funny, loves to talk with a bubbly personality. Also, she loves eating chicken. Lol!! This is Morgan's first time acting and she says, "she loves it!"









Ashley as Sarah
Sarah is Layla's best friend and sister-in-law. She is Layla's rational side when Layla gets a crazy idea. Sarah is a genetic scientist that teaches online classes in order to stay home with her kids. She is married to Marcel, Layla's brother, which often resorts in Layla giving Sarah advice on how to deal with Marcel. The two best friends come up with the craziest theories and often play them out to see who is right. Sarah is smart and intelligent but usually over analyzes most every situation. When Layla wants best friend advice, Sarah often gives medical explanations instead. And when Layla gives Sarah advice, it often backfires on Sarah, resulting in Sarah having to step out of her comfort zone. Sarah's character is the best friend we all have, the one that gets us out of trouble or gets in trouble with you.

Ashley Coughlin grew up in theater and enjoys writing. She studied acting with Ed Crick (Knight Rider) and Regina Moore. She published three books: one softcover under Ashley Hargrove called Beneath the Water's Calm and two Kindle editions under Ashley Coughlin: In the Hands of a Vampire and Just a Bit of a Christmas Miracle. She recently completed an reenactment project for the 700 Club, a couple of short films and continue to improve her craft of acting and writing.





Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Video Unplanned Motherhood Web Series "Sneak Peek"

Hi all,

Here's a sneak peak at my new web series, Unplanned Motherhood. It features myself as a wife and mother of five named Layla. As well as Stefani Colvin as my twelve year old daughter Brooke, Grayson Kilpatrick as my nine year old son Deacon, Aidan Heuer as ten year old Spoon, Ari Heuer as five year old daughter Ari and Morgan Hamilton as my four year old daughter, Sonny. It was truly an amazing blessing to work with these talented young actors. They did an awesome job. We plan to start working on Season 2 this summer. But we must get Season 1 out there for everyone to see. Please support us by watching the sneak peak below, by liking us on Youtube and by leaving a comment on  our Youtube channel.

The debut of Unplanned Motherhood is March 28th. It takes more than one person to create a web series worth watching. This web series is like my baby. And I need you my supporters, my village, to help me raise my baby.

Please support us. And hope you enjoy! Share this post, share the video, share the Facebook fan page. Stop by and tell us what you thought or just leave an encouraging word for these talented young stars.


video


Morgan Hamilton, Stefani Colvin, Grayson Kilpatrick, Aidan Heuer and Ari Heuer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What I've Been Up To

Hey everyone,

I've been quite busy and I sorta kinda neglected my blog. But for good reason. I've been transitioning into film. I made a short film in December of 2013, titled Grandma's Hands. It was accepted into the River City Film festival. Woohoo! Wish me luck in winning.

Just recently, I finished my first comedy web series called Unplanned Motherhood. We officially wrapped this past Monday. It's a six episode web series, it's for the perfectly imperfect parents in the world. It stars myself, as Layla, a wife and mother of five that gives professional parenting advice on her real life mommy blog. Her unique parenting style contradicts the perfect parenting advice she gives on her blog, which lends to a distinct brand of humor. With each episode, Layla tries to teach her kids important life lessons, only to discover more about herself and her parenting advice.

What is truly unique about this web series is Layla has a real life blog where she will actually give parenting advice. And after most of her posts, the readers get to see an episode of the web series where her real/fake life is shown. As we all do sometimes in life, we can give others the perfect advice, but it can be quite difficult to take our own advice. So for the perfectly imperfect, this web series is for you.

Stay tune to see it's debut on March 28, 2013 on my Youtube channel. Layla's blog goes up on March 25th. To stay informed, go to my Facebook fan page. Or to the Unplanned Motherhood Fan page.

I hope you'll watch. Wish us luck!






Sunday, February 23, 2014

Seeking Submissions for Anthology on Motherhood




Seeking storytellers for an anthology titled Unplanned Motherhood (Perfectly Imperfect Parenting Advice) to compliment a dramedy web series Being released in April 2014. If you'd like to contribute your literary talents, send 2,000 words or less of your best parenting advice. However, it must be funny or compelling. It can be something you didn't expect on your journey as a mother, or some lesson your kids actually taught you, a funny story about your kids and the wisdom gained from it, a lesson learned from your own mother, etc. It should read like a story and not a to-do list. It should inspire, enlighten or brighten the reader's day.

If interested, send your submission to sonnybrookfilms@yahoo.com
Subject: Anthology. Include contact info.

Deadline: March 1, 2014.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday with Cee-Lo


Singer and Voice coach, Cee-Lo, at the aTVFest in Atlanta. I wish I had smiled. :( He is a really sweet guy. Very funny. He has a new show coming out called The Good Life on TBS.  I had a chance to preview an episode and I must say it is very entertaining. Check it out soon! 


Happy Wordless Wednesday!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Casting Call for New Web Series







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Monday, February 3, 2014

February Kindle Fire Giveaway 2014

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Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7".
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Ends 2/28/14

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