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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always.Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly; 2016 Iris Award winner for best parenting podcast.

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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always.Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly; 2016 Iris Award winner for best parenting podcast.

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Love Spawned!

By Labrescuer - Oct 08 2019
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I always have fun listening to the topics discussed by these intelligent, creative and funny moms!

Great parent resources & real advice

By happierpc - Aug 19 2019
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Kristen & Liz are real, insightful & funny.

iTunes Ratings

291 Ratings
Average Ratings
239
27
7
7
11

Love Spawned!

By Labrescuer - Oct 08 2019
Read more
I always have fun listening to the topics discussed by these intelligent, creative and funny moms!

Great parent resources & real advice

By happierpc - Aug 19 2019
Read more
Kristen & Liz are real, insightful & funny.
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Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

Latest release on Jan 14, 2020

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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always.Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly; 2016 Iris Award winner for best parenting podcast.

Rank #1: Surviving the Toddler Years with Dr. Heather Wittenberg: Ep 131

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The toddler years come with quite a reputation for putting parents through the ringer. But thanks to this week's guest, Dr. Heather Wittenberg, aka The BabyShrink, you might be able to maintain a bit more of your sanity. She answers questions our readers and listeners shared with us on social media and well, we think you'll be glad you listened whether you have toddlers or not. And as always, we close out our show with our Cool Picks of the Week.

You can find all the links from our show on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And we love hearing from you! Email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Facebook, or tweet us with the hashtag #SpawnedShow. 

Nov 14 2018

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Rank #2: Ep 29: Expert organization tips (that aren't boring)!

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Yes, perhaps it's a bit cliche' but we couldn't help but tackle organization with inside tips and tricks from five top organizational experts. Maybe you, like Liz, will find something that will finally click and magically whip your house into shape. But first, a lively discussion about rules amongst friends, and why Kristen wants you to tell her she's got food stuck in her teeth. And as always, we're sharing our cool picks of the week. 
For all the links we mention on our show, be sure to head over to our podcast page on CoolMomPicks.com, and feel free to connect with us on Twitter (@CoolMomPicks #SpawnedShow), Facebook (@CoolMomPicks), and via email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Today’s show is brought to you by the new Middle grade novel The Terribble Two Get Worse, the hilarious sequel to The Terrible Two, which spent over 10 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Jan 14 2016

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Rank #3: Ep. 34: The 14 tips every new parent needs to know

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We've polled our friends, fans and followers and come up with 14 of the very best, most honest, and sometimes most hilarious tips for new parents from other parents who've BTDT. Do you agree with the advice? (And no, we don't get into sleep training or circumcision so, breathe.)  If you have your own new parent advice to share, or questions or comments for Kristen and Liz, you can email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on Twitter and Facebook @coolmompicks using the hashtag #SpawnedShow. You can also find show notes on CoolMomPicks.com. Thanks for joining us!

Feb 19 2016

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Rank #4: What if raising unplugged kids is a terrible idea? Ep. 146

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Let's face it, parents: screens are here to stay. So why are we still so ambivalent about them? Maybe being unplugged isn't actually the best way to help our kids thrive in this digital world. Our guest, speaker, author, and cool dad Jordan Shapiro, shares a new way approaching technology with our kids in his new book "The New Childhood: Raising Kids To Thrive in a Connected World." We think you'll appreciate his refreshing and perhaps controversial perspective on this topic.

You can find all the links from our show on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. We love hearing from you! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Drop us an email and let us know what you think: spawned@coolmompicks.com. 

Mar 25 2019

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Rank #5: How to make more time so you can do more of what you love | Ep 138

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If you've ever wished for more time like us, then you'll be so glad to listen to the wise words and experience of author Jake Knapp. He shares some of the techniques from his new book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. He's got so many amazing tips, tricks, and thoughtful tidbits that you can implement right now. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week.

Head over to our Cool Mom Picks podcast page to get more information about Jake's book, our awesome episode sponsor, and our cool picks. We love hearing from you, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and hey, drop us an email. We love hearing from you! 

Jan 22 2019

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Rank #6: How to be a tech-positive parent (and why you want to be one) | Episode 175

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Unlike other parenting milestones, like the sex talk and the drug talk, there's no precedent (yet) for having the tech talk with your kids, which is just a small part of the wild west that is digital parenting. On this episode of Spawned, we're sharing our own tips, tricks, and advice on what it means to be a tech-positive parent, and how we can mentor and empower our kids in this digital age. And as always, we close our show with our cool picks of the week.

This week's sponsor is Zulily, where you can find amazing deals on tons of kid favorites. From toys to clothing, and pretty much everything in between, head over to Zulily to get your holiday shopping done.

We love hearing from you! You can email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And don't forget that all of the links we mention on our show, including our awesome sponsor, are available on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #7: Ep 53: Work-Life Balance is a Big Fat Lie! with Samantha Ettus

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We're debunking the whole "Work-Life Balance" myth with best-selling author Samantha Ettus, with solid ways to help you ditch mom guilt, the best kind of multi-tasking, and why Shonda Rhimes is the queen of email management, plsu a whole lot more. 

You'll find information about Samantha's new book The Pie Life, plus all the links and cool picks we chat about on our show over on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And, please take a moment to say "hello!" We're on TwitterFacebook, and email: Spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening! 

Sep 29 2016

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Rank #8: Why ignoring your kids could be the best thing for them | Ep 120

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With back to school right around the corner, or already here for some of you, we're chatting with Dr. Catherine Pearlman, author of Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction. She's got so many awesome tips and tricks to help parents deal with all those difficult behaviors that drive us all batty, and seem to spike right around back to school, aka now.

Got questions or comments for us? We love hearing from you! Please drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Facebook, or tweet us with the hashtag #SpawnedShow. 

Aug 16 2018

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Rank #9: Kids and nutrition: The good, the bad, and what we can do better | Ep 162

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If you're like us, then you're often confused by all the different research, reports, and news when it comes to feeding kids. More protein! Less protein! You get the idea. Well, our guest Nicole Turner Ravana, a nutritionist who's working with our sponsor Ready Pac Foods, has lots of great advice and insight into knowing who to trust, plus lots of great, practical tips too. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week.

This week's sponsor is Ready Pac Foods Bistro Salads, a fresh, convenient on-the-go lunch option perfect for busy parents. You can find their class salads, along with creative combos, as well as their Ready Snax snack packs in the produce section of your supermarket, or learn more at readypac.com.

Make sure to visit Cool Mom Picks for all the links we mention in the show. And be sure to follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #10: You are a f*cking awesome mom with author Leslie Bruce | Ep 169

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Here's an obvious statement: Motherhood is hard. And often, we feel like we're doing a sh*t job at it. That's why I was so glad to chat with author Leslie Bruce about her new book "You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom." I just love her honest, hilarious take on motherhood that I think you'll enjoy hearing too.

Our sponsor: VSP Individual Vision Plans allow you to give the gift of affordable eyecare. As someone who had a child with an undetected vision issue and no vision insurance, I would have loved this as a gift.

You can find us on social media, and our website CoolMomPicks.com. Leave us a 5-star review and tell a friend about us. 

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #11: How to be a bare minimum parent | Ep 134

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If you're familiar with helicopter parenting, sorry, we're not talking about that. We're welcoming back the hilarious James Breakwell (aka Xploding Unicorn on Twitter) to talk about pretty much the opposite: bare minimum parenting. It also happens to be the title of his new book. He chats with Liz about school, social media, sanctimommies, and other things that don't start with the letter "s."

We love hearing from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us @coolmompicks with #spawnedshow, and hit us up on Facebook

Dec 08 2018

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Rank #12: Surviving and thriving as a new working mom | Ep 167

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Working motherhood has evolved since our kids were babies. How has it changed? How has it stayed the same? What can women do to make the transition back to work easier? We chat about all these questions and more with Amy Nelson, CEO of The Riveter and mom of 4 (including a newborn, who makes a cameo on our show). She shares her advice about asking for help, setting boundaries, and making time for yourself. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week.

Our sponsors this week: Don't Wait Up, the new hilarious book about motherhood by Liz Astrof, available now wherever you buy books. And Osmo, a unique gaming accessory that brings healthy screen time to kids of all ages by combining both physical and digital interactions with play-based, hands-on learning. Try an Osmo Sampler for free!

We love hearing from you! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can find more links from our show on our podcast page on Cool Mom Picks.  

Aug 13 2019

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Rank #13: How to deal with mean girls (no, not the Broadway musical) | Ep 117

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We've probably all dealt with at least one mean girl in our lifetime, but now they're getting younger, and well, meaner. Our guest Katie Hurley, therapist and author of the new book "No More Mean Girls" helps us tackle this topic with smart tips and advice. Whether or not you're in the weeds with navigating challenging social situations with your kids, you'll definitely want to listen to this show, and grab a copy of Katie's book.

You can get all the links from our show over on our podcast page at Cool Mom Picks. And be sure to hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, and email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. We love hearing from you! 

Jul 16 2018

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Rank #14: Ep. 35: Talking Sex with Rosie Pope

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Today, we've got a racy one for you, as maternity designer, parenting author and Bravo star Rosie Pope joins us for a very candid chat about sex after pregnancy: The dos, the don'ts, and the don'ts that apparently Liz and Kristen did anyway. Oops. Get the kids out of the room, pour some wine then take a listen! You'll find all the show notes at coolmompicks.com, and feel free to tweet us with your own questions or comments using #spawned show. 

Feb 25 2016

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Rank #15: Ep 41: Young moms vs. Old moms - The new mommy war?

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Hooray! We're back with a brand new episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, or now, the award-winning Spawned with Kristen and Liz! Yes, we won an Iris Award for Best Parenting Podcast at the Mom 2.0 Summit and we couldn't be more thrilled. On this episode, we catch you up on everything we've been up to over the last couple of months when your podcast app was quiet, including Kristen's 40th birthday which had us thinking about the whole young moms vs. old moms war. Is it easier being a younger mom? Are later-in-life moms more prepared? Why can't all moms just get along? We tackle those questions, as well as share our Cool Picks of the Week. 

If you want to join in on the conversation (and we hope you do), head over to our Cool Mom Picks podcast page to get all the links from our show, plus catch us on Twitter (use #SpawnedShow). And please send us a letter (as Liz calls them): spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening! 

May 20 2016

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Rank #16: How to raise creative, imaginative kids in a digital world | Ep 142

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Raising creative, imaginative kids in a world where our kids are tempted by screens can be challenging, which is why we enlisted the help of podcasters and improvisers Peter McNerney, of Story Pirates and Beth Newell, of We Knows Parenting. They've got some helpful advice when it comes to using improv in your parenting, plus simple tips and tricks to do everything from change up your story time to making your meals more interesting. And, as always, we close our show with our Cool Picks of the Week.

You can reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and be sure to email us with questions or comments at spawned@coolmompicks.com. All of the links we mention in the show will be on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page.

Feb 18 2019

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Rank #17: Ep. 38 Oversharenting: Where do you draw the line?

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Today, Kristen and Liz tackle a tough parenting question: How do you and will you share about your kids online? They share their own experiences as bloggers, web publishers, and parents of tweens, plus talk about what the research says. Will it hurt kids in the long run? Does it matter why you're sharing? They tackle all those questions and give tips on how to decide what you're most comfortable with when it comes to your own kids.

If you've got an opinion or want to weigh in, find us on Twitter @coolmompicks with the #spawnedshow, visit our podcast page on CoolMomPicks.com, or drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com

Mar 18 2016

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Rank #18: How to Be a Happier Parent, with KJ Dell'Antonia | Ep 121

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This week, we're so happy to be joined by NY Times Motherlode Sr Editor, and "How to Be a Happier Parent" author KJ Dell'Antonia to talk about....well, you guessed it! How to be a happier parent. Only there's no shaming here. No guilt. No OMG I AM DOING EVERYTHING WRONG AND WILL NEVER RECOVER! Just humor, great tips, a few honest confessions, and a reminder that we all do a lot of stuff right, so stop beating yourself up! \\ Comments? Questions? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or visit @coolmompicks on Twitter, FB or Insta with hashtag #spawnedshow

Aug 22 2018

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Rank #19: Ep 43: Getting real about relationships and parenting with Jenna and Bodhi Elfman

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On today's extra special, extra long episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we've got two of the coolest parents (and married people), actors Jenna and Bodhi Elfman, who also happen to be co-hosts of one of our favorite podcasts, Kicking and Screaming. We were blown away by their funny and very frank thoughts on love, relationships, and parenting, and we think you will be too. Whether it's how to keep your relationship alive during those newborn months to how to survive your parenting fails (and learn from them), we bet you'll fall in love with these two cool parents. And, lucky us, both Jenna and Bodhi share their own Cool Picks of the Week. You can find all the links we chat about on coolmompicks.com, or reach us on Twitter @coolmompicks with #spawnedshow, or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com. 

Jun 02 2016

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Rank #20: How to enjoy, not endure, your kids with Casey O'Roarty | Ep 155

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Parenting isn't something that's happening to us. It's something that's happening for us. Our guest Casey O'Roarty taps into her 20 year experience as a parenting coach (as well as author and podcaster) to share how to enjoy, not endure, your kids. No matter how old your kids are, we think you'll be inspired by this conversation as we were.

We're happy to welcome Coding with Kids and Picture Play as sponsors of today's episode. Be sure to take advantage of the earlybird special pricing for Coding With Kids' online coding camps. And, save $3 off your purchase of Picture Play, a super handy e-book that will totally up your photo game. Use code SPAWNED at checkout.

You can find all the links to our show on our podcast page! And please make sure to follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

May 28 2019

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How to protect your kids from the real dangers in life. Like woolly mammoths. | Ep 184

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Today we're joined by third-time guest and fan favorite James Breakwell, A.K.A. the popular humorist Exploding Unicorn, and author of How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday. As you can imagine, this is a VERY SERIOUS INTERVIEW about VERY SERIOUS THREATS TO CHILDREN. I mean, if your kid ever encounters a werewolf, or doesn't know what to do if they're suddenly transported into a real Minecraft world, you will 100% know how to handle it thanks to this candid and urgent discussion. // Questions or comments? Join our Spawned Podcast Community on Facebook and visit our podcast page on Cool Mom Picks for info about James, his new book, and our cool picks of the week! //Thanks again for subscribing, and for all your lovely reviews. If supernatural beings ever attacked your family, we'd totally be there for you.

Jan 14 2020

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It's okay to say vagina!

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Oh, stop squirming! Most of our listeners have one right? And yet, why is it still so hard to talk about sex and sexuality with our kids? (And why do we have to mark this "explicit," ya know?) Well this week, Liz is chatting with family sex communication researcher and "Beyond Birds & Bees" educational workshop host Dr. Heidi Croatt, who has truly genius ideas to help you rethink everything -- like why we all need to raise sexually healthy kids; what to say by age; how to talk about some newer sexual health topics including consent and gender identity; and tips for making it all less awkward for everyone involved. And whatever yours! // Thanks so much for listening and subscribing and telling ALL YOUR FRIENDS, because that's what friends do, right?And this one can really help a parent out. // See show notes on the Cool Mom Picks podcast page including info on our cool picks, and join our Spawned Facebook community to chat about today's episode...or anything at all.

Jan 07 2020

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How to create more positive thinking to manifest success this year | Ep 182

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This week we're talking about how to create more positive thinking in your life, and all the ways it brings success. (It's true! It's science!) Author, NFL/NHL trainer, and professional joy-spreader Sandy Joy Weston is sharing some wonderful tips, especially for parents, and bringing loads of energy and inspiration to this conversation. We hope you get a ton out of it, because we know we did!. // Thanks so much to our sponsors: The Prodigy online game that's helped millions (whoa) of kids master curriculum-aligned math skills. Also, Circle Screen time Management and Tracking System -- save $30 on a Circle Home Plus with code SPAWNED for a limited time. // For show notes and more info visit the Podcast Page on Cool Mom Picks. // Thanks so much for listening, subscribing, supporting our sponsors, and for all your kind reviews! We'll be back in the new year with more. Mwa! - L + K

Dec 24 2019

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Expert answers to your top questions about parenting teens | Episode 181

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Parenting teens is not for the faint of heart, but it's certainly not all sturm und drang like some folks might make you believe. On today's episode of Spawned, we're chatting with Dr. Ken Ginsburg about raising resilient teens, and getting answers to popular parenting questions.

We're so thrilled to welcome our sponsors Prodigy and Circle back to our podcast. Have you checked them out yet? Prodigy is an amazing way to get your kids excited about math. And Circle is a popular way to help monitor and manage screen time in your home.

Visit our podcast page for more information! And we'd love to hear from you. We're on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Dec 17 2019

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Our annual Cool Picks of the Week Holiday episode | Spawned Ep 180

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It's here! Our annual Cool Picks of the Week Holiday episode, where we share all of our favorite gifts for everyone on your list from our holiday gift guide. This year, we're highlighting our picks from small makers, indie artisans, and lots of female-run businesses. If you love hearing our Cool Picks of the Week, you're going to love this episode.

We're happy to welcome our sponsors Prodigy, a fantastic program that helps kids attain math success, as well as Circle, a smart device that helps families monitor their kids' online activity. Check our show notes at CoolMomPicks.com for special offers from both of our sponsors.

Head over to our Cool Mom Picks podcast page to shop see all of our picks. And if you want to say "hi" drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com. We're also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but you probably already knew that.

Dec 10 2019

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Our best money-saving tips for holiday shopping | Ep 179

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This week on the Spawned parenting podcast, we're talking about something all parents can agree on: Saving money is GOOD! So we're sharing a favorite episode featuring our very best tips, tricks, and secrets for saving money on your holiday shopping -- all garnered from over 10 years doing this very thing for our readers on Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech. Trust us...we know things. (BWAHAHAHA...) So liisten now! Quick, before you spend another penny! | Thank you so much to our sponsor, Candlewick Press, publishers of the new book of bios for children, "Leading the Way: Women in Power" Also thank you to Prodigy, the effective online math platform loved by more than 50 million kids worldwide. | Shownotes: Spawned Podcast Page on CoolMomPicks.com. | Thanks for listening, friends!

Dec 03 2019

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How writing thank you letters could change your life | Episode 178

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Could writing thank you letters change your life? That's what happened to Nancy Davis Kho when she decided to write 50 thank you letters to 50 people to celebrate her 50th birthday. She turned her lifechanging experience into her new book The Thank You Project, which she talks about, along with how to instill gratitude in your kids. Plus, we close out our show with our Cool Picks of the Week.

Our sponsor this week is Candlewick Press, who's got a cool boxed set of Jon Klassen's hat trio books available, just in time for the holidays.

Visit our podcast page on Cool Mom Picks to get more information about our show. And be sure to follow us on social media - Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram - to keep in touch. We love hearing from you.

Nov 26 2019

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On acting, activism, and taking action: A conversation with Alysia Reiner | Spawned Episode 177

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While you may know Alysia Reiner for her work on Orange is the New Black, The Deuce, and Better Things, she's also an award-winning activist and changemaker. On this episode of Spawned, she discusses a few of her current charitable passions, from immigration, which was inspired in part from her experience filming the final season of Orange is the New Black, to the environment, where she has even started her own waste-free fashion line, Livari. And we close out our show with our cool picks of the week.

Thanks to our sponsor Zulily, who's got amazing deals on all your holiday wish list favorites. And our sponsor GraviTrax, a cool STEM toy our own kids are loving.

You can find links from our show on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And be sure to follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Thanks for your support!

Nov 20 2019

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Big family tips for families of all sizes | Episode 176

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At times, we've got eight kids between us (that we know of - ha), which can create some parenting challenges. Over the years, we've learned how to survive (and thrive), so we figured we'd share our tips, tricks, and advice that could help families of any size. We hope they help make life at little easier. And as always, we close out our our show with our Cool Picks of the Week.

Thanks to this week's sponsor Tide, who wants to make sure you have the power needed to clean your families’ clothes. Make sure your detergent and dosage are the perfect match for your large laundry loads. And for the best clean, always follow dosing instructions on your detergent’s label.

Visit our podcast page for links from this show, and be sure you're following us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Nov 15 2019

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How to be a tech-positive parent (and why you want to be one) | Episode 175

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Unlike other parenting milestones, like the sex talk and the drug talk, there's no precedent (yet) for having the tech talk with your kids, which is just a small part of the wild west that is digital parenting. On this episode of Spawned, we're sharing our own tips, tricks, and advice on what it means to be a tech-positive parent, and how we can mentor and empower our kids in this digital age. And as always, we close our show with our cool picks of the week.

This week's sponsor is Zulily, where you can find amazing deals on tons of kid favorites. From toys to clothing, and pretty much everything in between, head over to Zulily to get your holiday shopping done.

We love hearing from you! You can email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And don't forget that all of the links we mention on our show, including our awesome sponsor, are available on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page.

Nov 12 2019

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Holiday craziness and stress: Let's sloooooow things down, please? | Spawned

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If you feel like this holiday season came earlier this year, and the pressure is more pronounced, you're not imagining it. On this week's Spawned parenting podcast, we're (complaining) talking about the very real reasons this year feels more intense. BUT! It's okay! We've also got tons of expert tips for managing the 4 biggest stressors of the holiday season: Gifts, money, family, and external pressure. // Find all the links from today's show including our cool picks of the week on the Cool Mom Picks podcast page. // Extra thanks to our fantastic sponsors, FAMfriendly.com, which offers helpful resources for raising smart digital kids; as well as Ritual Vitamins, who is offering Spawned listeners 10% off your first 3-month subscription of their Essentials for Women multivitamin. // Thanks SO much for listening, and for and all your truly lovely (sniff), thoughtful (sniff), very kind reviews lately. You're the best!

Nov 05 2019

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The best new cookbooks for families: Suzy Chase of Cookery by the Book | Ep 173

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Today, Liz is joined by Suzy Chase, host of the #1 cookbook podcast, Cookery by the Book. Each week she talks to a different cookbook author to open our minds up to different cultures, experiences and ideas through our shared love of food. So today, we're talking about the best cookbooks for families right now, the hot trends in cooking, and some truly excellent tips to make feeding your kids easier. And can't we all use that? // Find show notes and links on the Cool Mom Picks podcast page and come chat with us in our Recipe Rescue Facebook Group! // Thanks so much for your lovely reviews - you can leave one right now in fact! Another way to help support us and keep us independent ;subscribe to the Spawned parenting podcast so you never miss an episode. You can do that right now too. TECHNOLOGY!

Oct 15 2019

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How to prioritize the things we love | Ep 172

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This week on the Spawned Parenting podcast, we're talking about a topic we all struggle with: Priorities. How do we make time for the things we love when are all just so busy? How do we fit family, relationships, friends, hobbies, passion projects and our own health and well-being into our lives? (Phew!) Liz + Kristen check in 9 months after our interview with Jake Knapp on making time for things you love, for a candid discussion about where we're succeeding, where we're failing, and what's helping. Or...not. // Show notes and related links on the Cool Mom Picks podcast page // Thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Candlewick Press and their new boxed set of Jon Klassen's hat trilogy. Your kids will love it! //Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and thanks for all of your kind 5-star reviews. Best. Listeners. Ever. 

Oct 08 2019

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Should kids be banned from restaurants? Ep 171

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With the recent news that Japan Airlines will soon be letting customers know where babies and kids will be sitting on the plane, it got us thinking about kids in restaurants. Will there be a kids-only sections soon? With Kristen's husband and Liz's ex both in the food industry, we decided to tackle this classic parenting topic and share why we think it's so important, and how you manage it. And as always, we close our show with our cool picks of the week.

This week's sponsors: Kristen is loving her Plant Package, a super cool gift idea that delivers a mini-garden, with everything you need, right to your door. Use code COOLMOMS through this link for a free starter kit. And, be sure to subscribe to a new parenting podcast The Mother Load, with hosts Constance Zimmer and Missi Pyle. It's available on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to Spawned.

Check our podcast page for all the links from our show! Follow us on social, we love hearing from you. 

Oct 01 2019

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Let's stop freaking out about kids and social media

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The new parenting panic du jour: Kids and social media. TERRIFYING! But...wait. What if social media isn't really the problem some experts will tell you it is? What if parents are essentially just handing car keys to kids and being shocked that they don't know how to drive? There's so much more we can do! We think you'll love this episode, full of helpful tips and advice that go way, way beyond "don't send nudes." (Which, duh. Don't send nudes!) Whether your kids have their own Snapchat accounts or seem years away from phones of their own, we think this honest, non-alarmist, positive discussion can help us all raise the next generation of responsible,  thoughtful digital citizens. // Big thanks to our sponsors VSP Vision Plans and Ritual Vitamins (and their special discount for our listeners) for supporting what we do. // Find the show notes on the Cool Mom Picks podcast page, and join the discussion in the Spawned FB community. And don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss an episode. 5-star reviews are always welcome too! Thanks for listening, friends! = Liz + Kristen

Sep 24 2019

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You are a f*cking awesome mom with author Leslie Bruce | Ep 169

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Here's an obvious statement: Motherhood is hard. And often, we feel like we're doing a sh*t job at it. That's why I was so glad to chat with author Leslie Bruce about her new book "You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom." I just love her honest, hilarious take on motherhood that I think you'll enjoy hearing too.

Our sponsor: VSP Individual Vision Plans allow you to give the gift of affordable eyecare. As someone who had a child with an undetected vision issue and no vision insurance, I would have loved this as a gift.

You can find us on social media, and our website CoolMomPicks.com. Leave us a 5-star review and tell a friend about us. 

Sep 17 2019

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Who Can Be Called a Single Mom: Rachel Sklar | Ep 168

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This week, we're sharing a thoughtful, revealing and intimate chat between Liz and author/single mom advocate Rachel Sklar about the term "single mom" -- who gets to use it, why it's a loaded phrase, why there's a single mom heirarchy, and how race, age, and income are a factor in how single or solo parenting is perceived. Liz reveals some personal details she hasn't shared on the show before, and Rachel helps all of us rethink the complex and nuanced world of single parenthood.  // We are grateful to the support of this week's sponsors, BiOBUDDi eco-friendly building blocks (20% off through this link with code SPAWNED) and Ritual Vitamins (10% off your first 3 months through this link). // Full show notes on the Spawned podcast page or join the discussion in the Spawned Facebook community. // Thanks so much for listening, subscribing, telling friends (you are telling friends, right?) and all of your amazing five-star reviews!

Aug 20 2019

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Surviving and thriving as a new working mom | Ep 167

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Working motherhood has evolved since our kids were babies. How has it changed? How has it stayed the same? What can women do to make the transition back to work easier? We chat about all these questions and more with Amy Nelson, CEO of The Riveter and mom of 4 (including a newborn, who makes a cameo on our show). She shares her advice about asking for help, setting boundaries, and making time for yourself. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week.

Our sponsors this week: Don't Wait Up, the new hilarious book about motherhood by Liz Astrof, available now wherever you buy books. And Osmo, a unique gaming accessory that brings healthy screen time to kids of all ages by combining both physical and digital interactions with play-based, hands-on learning. Try an Osmo Sampler for free!

We love hearing from you! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can find more links from our show on our podcast page on Cool Mom Picks.  

Aug 13 2019

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How to deal with sanctimommies (and tame your own) | Spawned Ep 166

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After Kristen spotted the pile-on that was Jessica Simpson's choice to let her oldest daughter dye her hair, we decided it was high time we chatted about sanctimommies. On this episode, we talk about how to deal with them, and how to quell your own inner beat. Hint: We all have one inside of us. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week.

This week, we're thrilled to welcome back our sponsor Don't Wait Up, the new hilarious book by Liz Astrof, now available wherever you get books. Also, Ritual is back as a sponsor, and Liz is still taking them. We've got a special offer just for Spawned listeners too: 10% off your first three months when you order through this link. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! They help us bring our podcast to you each week for free. Yay!

We love hearing from you. Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Or drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com. And be sure to visit our podcast page for all the links from our show. 

Aug 06 2019

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Celebrating birthdays with older kids | Ep 165

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This week we're talking about birthdays with older kids -- the preschool party-every-weekend madness is over, but new challenges begin! Like, "Can I get tickets to Hamilton, Mom?" (Answer: probably not.) Join us as we laugh and share some helpful tips for parents of tweens and teens, about gifts, parties, birthday traditions, saving money, social media birthday FOMO, and Liz's nightmare lemon poundcake story.  Shownotes: Cool Mom Picks podcast page. // Graciously brought to you by the hilarious Don't Wait Up by Liz Astrof, and by the Osmo learning toy, a Cool Mom Tech favorite. (This link gets you a free sampler!) // Questions or comments? Join our Spawned Listeners FB community. We're very friendly, promise! // Thanks for listening, subscribing and all your fabulous five-star reviews. You all rock. [insert rock sign hand emoji thingie here]

Jul 31 2019

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Love Spawned!

By Labrescuer - Oct 08 2019
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I always have fun listening to the topics discussed by these intelligent, creative and funny moms!

Great parent resources & real advice

By happierpc - Aug 19 2019
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Kristen & Liz are real, insightful & funny.