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Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

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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

277 Ratings
Average Ratings
227
26
7
6
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

Updated about 19 hours ago

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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: Ep 17: What manners do kids need to know?

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Here's hoping Emily Post doesn't roll over in her grave after hearing Liz and Kristen's discussion about kids and manners. What should kids know? How do you decide what to teach your kids? Also, Kristen and Liz talk about Halloween costumes for kids and why they seem to have gotten so sexy, or as Liz's daughters call them, sassy. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week.
Catch up on all the links from our show over at coolmompicks.com, and don't forget to subscribe to Spawned on iTunes so you never miss an episode. Thanks for listening!

Sep 30 2015

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Rank #2: Ep. 02: There Will Be Blood

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We're glad you found us! In this episode, we talk about parents trying to keep up with TV and movies, and Liz springs a pop culture pop quiz on Kristen, who is the best sport about it ever. We also discuss the new hot sport in America: Public shaming of parents on cell phones in the playground. (So fun!) Is there legitimacy to the complaints or is it overblown? Maybe a little of both? Plus we share each of our favorite Cool Picks of the Week that we hope you like too. Oh, and keep an ear out for lots of milkshake references and a random mention of postpartum mesh panties. 
 
Do you have a question for Kristen and Liz? A topic idea? A funny story? Are you just feeling the need to talk to someone who can actually discuss R rated movies with you? You can find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks with hashtag #spawnedshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/coolmompicks, on Instagram @coolmompicks, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to the topics you heard about here today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss an episode and leave a nice review if you're so inclined. We’re so happy you joined us!
 
This episode is brought to you by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. SPAWN  listeners can save 40% on their first month today with promo code SPAWN. Learn more at www.littlepassports.com/SPAWN.

Jun 17 2015

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Rank #3: Ep 21: Beware of Pinterest Syndrome!

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Whoo, we're legal! Well, actually we're 21 weeks but that's legal in podcasting years, so Kristen and Liz have a very funny discussion about what we were actually drinking at 21, versus now. (Uh, Kristen is mixing vodka with WHAT?) Then we have a little...okay, let's call it a vent session about Pinterest Syndrome. What's great about all those recipes and DIY photos and what makes us crazy. Because we can't be the only ones who look at some 32-ingredient "easy" Thanksgiving stuffing recipe and think, are you freaking kidding me? Plus, we share each of our cool picks of the week.
You'll find all of the show notes and links for this episode of Spawned at bit.ly/SpawnedCMP. Don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you never miss an episode! And if you have a question, comment, or an awesome drink recipe to share, email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on Twitter using hashtag #spawnedshow. Thanks for sharing our 21st birthday with us! We raise a glass to you.
This week's episode was sponsored by Amulet Books. Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo is the third installment in the hilarious New York Times bestselling children’s book series filled with inventions, science experiments, and baseball playing robots, by former National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature Jon Scieszka and mad scientist illustrator Brian Biggs.

Oct 28 2015

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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 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 #6: Ep. 03: BOOBAGE

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Today Kristen and Liz discuss the beginning of bathing suit season, and the egregious lack of skinny mirrors in the world. We also talk about family size (without a single Duggar reference, promise) and Kristen describes some of the most outrageous things that total strangers have said to her as a mom of four. Liz is actually still stunned about it. Plus, we share our favorite cool picks of the week that we think you’ll love too.
 
This episode of Spawned is sponsored by Little Passports. You can save 40% on their first month today with promo code SPAWN. Learn more at www.littlepassports.com/SPAWN
 
This episode of Spawned is also sponsored by Casper. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/SPAWN, and using promo code SPAWN.
 
If you have a question for Kristen and Liz, or just want to say hi (and we can say hi back), you can find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks using #SpawnedShow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/coolmompicks, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to the things you heard about here today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss an episode. We’re so happy you joined us!

Jun 24 2015

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Rank #7: EP 14: Should you pay for chores?

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Today we're trying to navigate one of the many parenting mysteries: Kids and chores. Because, really, who doesn't love free labor. Though, if you're paying for them, is it really free after all? But first, we have a good laugh over Liz's address book, which is apparently full of names like "Sally GymasticsMom." We're not the only ones who can't remember anyone's name anymore, are we? And as always, we share our cool picks of the week. 
 
If you have a question for Kristen and Liz, or just want to say hello (and we can say hello back, which we always do), find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks using #SpawnedShow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/coolmompicks or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also, make sure to visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to what you heard here today. And don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you don't miss an episode! So glad you joined us. 

Sep 09 2015

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Rank #8: 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 #9: Should you quit Facebook? | Ep 106

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With the recent Cambridge Analytica data breach and myriad privacy issues, we're taking a closer look at whether it's worth staying on Facebook. And if we do, how do we keep our information safe? We're sharing various perspectives on the pros and cons of Facebook, as well as what you should do going forward if you decide to stay. Plus, we share our Cool Picks of the Week.

Got thoughts? Comments? Questions? Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Facebook (yep, we're still there), or tweet us using the hashtag #SpawnedShow. And head over to Cool Mom Picks to see all the links from our show. 

Apr 17 2018

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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: Tidy up and keep the kids safe: Expert tips and tricks that work | Ep 158

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Parents love a tidy home, but that's a difficult task when kids are involved. On this episode of Spawned, we chat with

organization expert Nikki Boyd, author of Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home, who is partnering with our sponsor Tide. She shares tips and tricks to help us think about safety as we tidy up. And, as usual, we share our cool picks of the week.

Want to win a free consultation with Nikki? Head to our Instagram page, share a completed Tidy Home | Safe Home bing board in your story and tag her, and you'll be entered.

Find all the links to our show on Cool Mom Picks! And be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Jun 18 2019

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: Have youth sports gotten out of control? Ep 107

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With 13-year olds getting recruited by colleges, and a lawmaker in New Jersey warning parents not to get physical at kids' sports games for fear of jail time, we decided to tackle the complicated topic of kids sports on this week's episode of Spawned. Have youth athletics gotten out of control? Kristen and special guest Lisa Barnes (who filled in while Liz was away) share their own personal experiences with a combined seven kids in sports of some kind, and offer their own advice.

You can find all the links we talk about on today's show over on CoolMomPicks.com. And we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us @CoolMomPicks #SpawnedShow, or say "hi" on Facebook.

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #19: Ep 57: Things not to say to a working mom

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After a Cool Mom Picks Facebook post about an uber-for-kids service we featured on our Cool Mom Tech site blew up with a nasty comment about working parents, we just had to talk about it. On this episode, we're sharing the comment in question, plus real things fellow working parents have actually heard. You might not believe they're real.

We try to figure out why people decide to say this stuff out loud, plus share our tips for staying sane and keeping your head above water as a working parent. Plus, we share our Cool Picks of the Week.

You can find all the links from our podcast on Cool Mom Picks. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook, or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com. 

Oct 27 2016

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Rank #20: Ep 09: You are not a crappy parent

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Today we're talking about sending our girls off to sleepaway camp and by God, if it doesn't make you crave a cold pitcher of bug juice and a steamer trunk full of s'mores, we don't know what will. Then we rewind a bit to answer some listener letters about surviving the newborn years. Which you will! Actually, we're not sure if our walk down sleep-deprived, leaky-boobed, postpartum memory lane is helping, but we can assure you that yes, it does get better. Finally we've got our cool picks of the week complete with random bachelorette party gift references. 
 
Do you have a topic idea, question, friendly comment or off-color joke? Tell us! Find us on Twitter and Facebook @coolmompicks with hashtag #SpawnedShow, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also visit CoolMomPicks.com for show notes and links to the topics you heard about here today. And don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you don't miss an episode!
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Aug 05 2015

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