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Laura LeMond

Laura LeMond lives in Austin, TX. She is a UT Austin graduate, a previous IBMmer, and an entrepreneur and the creator and cofounder Mosaic Weighted Blankets in 2011. Laura is the founder of Mypedia.com.

Favorite Things

My Coach Bag

I have always carried a practical purse. I am not the type of person who will spend over $200 on a purse.  Coach bags come in great colors that you don’t find in every purse line, and they are made in leather, they have nice stitching and a variety of product lines, and more importantly, they are good looking, and they last. I love the little Coach matching tag that is attached and many times is in a complimentary color. Real coach shows and I love it! I am a Coach girl, they are classy and a cut above without breaking the bank.

Born boots

I like Born because they are made of real cowhide leather and they have a consistent boot style with a decorative variation on the outside of the boot that I can wear year over year. The foot bed works for a wider foot, and is well supported, which I great because have a wide foot. Also, you have to wear them in, they are a bit tight at first, but also they stretch and wear well. Some really expensive, higher end boots, you feel that it takes 6 months or a year to wear in, while Borns acclimate to your feet within a few times of wearing them. These boots are so comfortable, I wear them to pack boxes and walk my dog in them when I get home from work. And at under $150 they won’t break the bank and you can find them at popular retailers. Love Love Born.

My Mosaic Weighted Blanket

I created a weighted blanket in 2012. This is one of our best sellers, it's a fabric based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Love this fabric, and this weighted blanket for me is 12 lbs. Mosaic Weighted Blankets  also makes lap pads for extra weight I want to pile extra weight on my feet or shoulders.

We make everything in Austin, TX, we are USA made. www.mosaicweightedblankets.com.

 

Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn
Hometown:
Austin TX
Where I Live Now:
Austin, TX
What I Do:
Entrepreneur - Founder of Mypedia.com and I own Mosaic Weighted Blankets
Significant Other(s):
Johnny Elizondo
Offspring/Kids:
Kenneth Matthew Ruka, (Matt) Michael James Ruka (Mike)
Siblings:
Jim LeMond (the owner of the Barton Springs), Betsy (sister), Lissa LeMond Whitehurst (twin)
Languages:
English, Basic French

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Early Life

Laura LeMond was born at St. Davids hospital in Austin, TX on Jan 19th 1963. She is a fraternal twin to sister Marilyn Melissa, who goes by Lissa. Laura attended Doss Elementary, Murchison Jr High and Anderson and McCallum high schools. Laura’s father died when she was 7 years old and so she was raised by her mother, Barbara LeMond. Laura has two older siblings, Elizabeth LeMond Giles and Jim LeMond, the cofounder of The Barton Springs Saloon. Laura was active in choir and was a finalist for all state choir, received 1 ratings in Solo and Ensemble and was active in The Small Group, she was also active in the McCallum drill team, and was class secretary in junior high. She attended St Matthews episcopal church, where she was involved in the youth group Agape and in the faith missions to Faith Ranch in Uvalde, Texas. Laura was a camp counselor at Camp Allen and attended the very first Happening and Happenings as a sponsor. She was the Austin Diocesean representative for the Episcopal Youth Conference at St Stephens, and a member of The Highlanders dance club. Her high school boyfriends were Andy Allen and Randy Harris. Her best friends were Susie Carry and Cathy Newman.

WHAT I WORE THE FIRST DAY FIRST GRADE – I wore a red plaid jumper and white go go boots. Brought my lunch, my mom wasn’t so sure about cafeteria food.

BEST TIMES EVER – singing in choir, Agape group at St Matt’s, seeing A Chorus Line in Dallas, swimming at Barton Springs and walking over to see the Zilker Hillside musical. When it snowed, sledding down on cookie sheets at Murchison Hill.

WORST TIMES EVER – Walking home to Northwest Hills from the Americana theatre on Hancock because our babysitter said we had to, it was a long way!  And cutting about 1000 onions for day prep at the County Line, I cried a mile and still smelled like onions when I got home.

Inspirations

Sir Issac Newton – love that he developed modern day  mathematics/calculus/physics/laws of motion/the placement of tides and the moon cycles by the time he was 18 years old. Stunningly smart.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg – Supreme Court Judge, advocate for women’s rights.

My kids, Mike and Matt – their journey is amazing to me.

Jane Goodall – has a deep respect for all animals and the planet. She’s a natural, authentic goddess of nature.

Annie Potts – loved her in Pretty in Pink and she’s fabulous as the Sheldon’s grandmother in Sheldon. She should be nominated for an Emmy! She always makes me laugh when I watch the show, and that’s something.

 

Education

Laura attended Anderson High School for three years and her senior year was spent at McCallum HS. Laura was a member of the NHS (National Honor Society). Laura attended Baylor University on a voice scholarship for one year, pledged (ZTA) Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. After one year at Baylor she felt that the school was too small and wanted to change her major, and decided to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts, focused on political science and Roman history.  She sang in the University of Texas at Austin chorus, directed by Morris Stephens. Laura put herself through school, so it took awhile to graduate. She worked at the State Capitol and at The County Line and at The Movie Store during her time at UT.

DEGREE from UT Austin in Liberal Arts/political science/Roman Empire and Republic

BEST TIME EVER – going down to Steamboat Springs to hear Extreme Heat and seeing Nanci Griffith at the Cactus Cafe.  Going to Port Aransas with the crowd who worked at the Capitol.

WORST TIME EVER – Getting sunburned at South Padre and having to drive home with no air conditioning. And going to a rock concert at the Meadows on I-35 and the police waved us over to park along the street and we came back and our car was towed. Me and Karen Kenny got a ride home with someone from UT.  Took two days to figure out where they towed our car.

FAVE TEACHERS

Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Lawyer, Doss, Mr. Varela (history)  AHS, Morris Stephens McCallum (choir) Dr Gwyn Morgan (Roman History) UT Austin

Memorable teachers – Mrs Lucille Casner (kindergarten)  , Mr. Watkins (choir) AHS

Occupation

 

MY FIRST JOB  – The County Line

Laura was one of the first employees of the County Line on the Lake when she was sixteen years old. She worked with Lissa LeMond Whitehurst, Amy Cadenhead and Renee Rucker. She learned how to make all of the food in the kitchen (day prep) from scratch and worked in the restaurant at night. Laura made more money working there than she did her first two years out of college, and it taught her to have a great work ethic. And that you could make it from Dry Creek to 2222 and 360 in 5 mins if you drove fast enough.  Best manager ever, Mark Gleisner.

Laura put herself through UT Austin, so she had several jobs along the way.

Russell Korman and The Movie Store  – Laura also worked for Russell Korman selling jewelry and at The Movie Store, a video rental place when she was at UT Austin. During her time at The Movie Store which was on Guadalupe and right off of Avenue F was when the Hyde Park rapist was grabbing women, Laura had someone walk her to her car every night to stay safe. The police came into The Movie Store to show her pictures of possible suspects to see if any of them were customers that she recognized. He raped over 37 women in their homes during 1985 to 1989. The Hyde Park rapist has never been caught.

Recruiting jobs/Manpower/Belcan/TAD  – Laura worked for Manpower as a service representative in Dallas, TX as her first full time job after college, she worked in downtown Dallas. She learned a ton about the staffing industry, and began her career in recruiting. Then, Laura moved to Belcan tech services and TAD technical services for several years as a recruiter, where she learned technical recruiting skills.

IBM – In 1996 she took a job with IBM as a technical recruiter and worked for IBM both as a permanent employee and contractor until 2006. She specialized in recruiting in the ERP practice and recruited for Oracle/SAP and other skill sets.

Resumes and Careers – In 2006 she left IBM to start her own headhunting and recruiting firm from 2006 to 2010, under the name Resumes and Careers Staffing. She recruited executives and technical individuals for mostly ERP 100% travel positions for companies who specialized in consulting services offerings.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets – Here is Laura’s story about how she created a weighted blanket in 2010. Laura was born premature and had blood transfusions at birth. In school she excelled, but had extremely poor handwriting and a messy desk. Laura will focus on anything that she is interested in to the exclusion of other things, she has issues with loud background noise. In the 1970’s the school system wasn’t able to diagnose her with ADHD, but that is a quality of Laura’s personality. When she was a student at UT Austin, she put her Riverside Shakespeare (heavy textbook) on her legs to calm her nerves in the dorm room because it was so loud. Amazingly she slept all night (this was in 1987) After she had children, she found a local seamstress to put small sandbags into a blanket to make it 12 lbs to help her put pressure all over her to sleep, especially on her feet. In 2012 she and a partner founded Mosaic Weighted Blankets to sell weighted blankets and accessories and spread the message about weighted blankets to consumers. She bought out her partner in 2013. Mosaic Weighted Blankets is a large US based manufacturer of weighted blanket and accessories, and is still active today. In 2014 she spoke about her company’s success at the Texas Women’s Conference. She has been mentioned in numerous websites and online articles and press (see backlinks below). Her favorite motto is by Temple Grandin, “Different, but not less”.

In 2020 Laura began to sell fabric with Mosaic Fabrics – she loves fabric and has a good deal of fabric. Mosaic WB made and sold over 20,000 masks during the pandemic of 2020/21.

Mypedia

Laura applied to Wikipedia and was never published, she never understood why she could not get into Wikipedia, you can apply but have to be accepted. In 2020 she trademarked Mypedia to allow herself and others to document their work and personal history, with other features to make the Mypedia.com interactive. Laura feels that the everyday man and everyday woman can be their own influencer, sharing products that they like and use in their lives. She also felt that influencers could share their story more effectively with their audience, thus the “My Favorite Things” page. She also feels that we all have a story to tell.

Personal Life

Laura married Mark Scott of Austin in the summer of 1987. They moved to Lubbock and then to Dallas in 1988. They both worked in Dallas and lived in the lower Greenville area and were married for seven years. They divorced in 1994 and Laura moved back to Austin.

Laura remarried Warren Ruka in 1997 and had two children, Kenneth Matthew Ruka in 2000 and Michael James Ruka in 2002. They lived in Steiner Ranch, a suburb of Austin, TX. The couple divorced in 2011. Laura was awarded primary custody of her children and stayed in Steiner and raised her children until 2020.

Laura met Johnny Elizondo in 2013 and they are engaged and have been together for seven years.

Laura is a proud mom, she has also has three siblings and nine nieces and nephews, and many cousins, many of them are still in the Austin area. She is proud to be an original Austinite, as well as a native Texan, and loves being from a large family.

Ancestry / Geneology / DNA

 

Bartholomew Gedey (1640 – 1697) A Quaker, doctor, merchant, military officer and his father was an original founder of Salem, Massachusetts. He was not a Puritan so he owned the local bar in Salem. He was also Magistrate and as a Salem Witchtrial Judge. He later wrote a letter of apology for the behavior towards the younger women on trial. He lost his fortune of land to Thomas Jefferson because Jefferson said he abandoned the property, which he said he did not. His brother’s house still stands in Salem, The Gedney House. On her father’s side, Laura is a descendant of Sarah Jane Moore (1849 – 1910) and James K Polk Brothers (1844 – 1908). They moved from Alabama to Cottle County (outside of Amarillo) Texas in 1884 in Texas. They had four children. Cottle county at the time was in the middle of Comanche territory, they were Texas frontier people who were brave and they never lost a child to the Comanches indians, who would kidnap children.  Virginia Jane Edwards (1824 – 1908) – one of the original settlers of Berry Creek in Georgetown, TX . She saw her father killed and scalped by the Apache Indians and her brother was one of the Meir prisoners during the wars with Mexico in Texas. He drew a white bean so he survived.

DNA Snapshot

43% Scottish, 38% English, 15% Irish and 4% Norwegian/Swedish

Pets

Laura was raised with a poodle named Pepi and several kitties. Laura also has a long line of furry little children, among them are Rocky Road, a pug, Ursa, a boxer/lab mix and Blue, her 17 year old grey cat.

In 2018 she adopted Hattie, a Catahoula/Great Pyrenees mix who was a runt from a litter of dogs at a local farm. Hattie wasn’t getting enough to eat, she was the runt and was pushed out of the dog food by the other puppies, so she took matters into her own hands by eating baby goats, peacocks and chickens on the farm, so Laura and Johnny adopted her, she is a pleasure to everyone she knows.

In 2018 Laura and Johnny were headed home from the beach and stopped at a fruit stand and there was a litter of kittens. The owner said that they were mousers and would eventually run out into the freeway and get hit, so they adopted 2 kittens, naming the first one Resaca, he is named for the fresh water Resacas that are where the Red River ends in South Texas, they are natural cold fresh bodies of water, and the other kitty’s is name Lalo, because they liked the name.

Media

What I Watch:

Sheldon, Be Positive, GOT and Rizzoli and Isles

Fave Show:

Sheldon

Binge Watch Recos:

Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife, Longmire, I Care Alot

Fave Podcasts:

The History Chicks and Podcasts/Whitney-LeMond,-Lisa-Friedrich,-and-Carina-Magyar

Music

What I Listen To:

Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Dwight Yoakum, too many to list

My Playlist:

Dwight Yoakum, George Jones, Queen, Taylor Swift, Cory Wong, The Avett Brothers, The Eagles, too many to list

Bands I've Seen:

Willie Nelson, The Eagles, Queen, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Dwight Yoakum, Raul Malo/The Mavericks, Grupo Fantasma, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, too many to list

Instruments I Play:

Flute and I sing

YouTube Channels:

New Car Spin, Kristen McGowan, Joanna Gaines

Technology

My Fave Technology:

my iphone 12 - I snap alot of pictures for Insta and Facebook for Mosaic Weighted Blankets and love this camera, also like 5G.

My Tech:

Acer laptop Aspire 5 - I like this laptop because Acers really last and I really like the keyboard. It's a good computer for what I need.

Sports

Teams I Follow:

I follow the UT Longhorns Football and Basketball. (I am an alum) and I like the Dallas Cowboys, am a fan!

Travel

PLACES I’VE LIVED – Austin, TX. Dallas TX and Boulder, CO
PLACES I’VE TRAVELLED
Las Vegas, Colorado, Raleigh NC, Hiltonhead SC, California, NYC, too many to list.
PLACES I’D LIKE TO GO – Ruidoso NM, any beach in Wales, Sanibel Island, London and Ireland.

 

Cars

I drive a 2015 Toyota Forerunner that’ white. It’s a great car.

My Dream Car is a Red Mercedes GLA.

Clubs / Affiliations

I belong to St Lukes on the Lake and St Matthews episcopal church.

Previously belonged to the Texas Exes.

Canyon Ridge and Vandergrift choir parent – 2012 – 2018.

Causes / Charities

Support the TNR (Trap and Neuter) feral cats in Central Texas  https://tnrtexas.com/spay-neuter

Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand. The work of Lek Chailert.  https://www.saveelephant.org/

Food

My favorite restaurants are The County Line, Phil’s Ice House, Pterrys Hamburgers and Modern Market.

My Home

My Home Design

We remodeled this house in 2021. It’s in northwest Austin and it’s a half acre piece of land. Big property, small 3/2 house. We decided on a farmhouse look with palest of white/green walls with light brown real wood floors and white kitchen cabinets with a grey veined carrara marble island and matching countertops, farm house sink in white, and pale grey/white italian style tiny circle tile backsplash. We got a 1950’s Mad Men syle front door installed that gives a nice light through the front window. We had wood windows installed they are gorgeous. Love living here! My redo.

Reading / Writing

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Sooley, John Grisham, To Kill A Mockingbird

Hobbies

Hobbies

Thrifting – regularly go to Goodwill and to estate sales. I like mid century modern furniture, like clay pots (I garden). Also enjoy picking up art/posters from Austin historical events, concerts, etc.

I like gambling and poker, my mixology includes Deep Eddy Lemon and Grapefruit vodka.

I like to walk my dog every day. If you want to stay in shape, get a big dog who has to walk a mile or two very night. I guess you could say I enjoy birding, we have hawks and owls in our neighborhood I put in an owl house recently, hoping for some owls soon! Moved into a natural setting backyard hoping to plant an urban garden soon. Have a large clay pot garden with alot of cactus and herbs.

If you could count concert going as a hobby, I go see live music whenever I can and love concerts!

 

Style

Since I own my company, my dress is mostly business casual or just casual.

Love the tshirts from The Loft, I shop at TJ Maxx for  100% cotton or sweaters and dresses. Love JJILL pants and Levis petite jeans. My shoes include:  Borne boots and comfy  sandals with a strap. Love  Zees and UGGS . For my Face, I use MAC makeup always and Lancome lipstick/gloss. It’s the best.

I have LOTS of curly hair and I use Nexxus Therappe and Humectress. I use Paul Mitchell Mousse. 2000 mgs of vitamin D daily keep my hair and skin from getting dry.

To accessorize, I usually wear Kendra Scott her style is classic, I am a pendant wearer and love the earrings. Very easy and everything is matchy matchy, which makes it easy. Adore Kendra.