Spawned with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com. 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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How to survive the holidays and not lose your mind | Ep 135
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We know that the holidays can be a busy, stressful time for lots of families, which is why we thought it might be helpful to discuss ways we try to make the most out of the holidays (and not lose our minds) with our own families on our latest Spawned podcast. In this episode, we've got tips for creating moments that matter (that don't have to be expensive by the way), and well, just lots of inspiration to help you find more opportunities for comfort and togetherness. Our goal: to help you have a holiday that's more enjoyable and less stressful. <br><br>You can find more about us and our podcast over on the <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast</a> page. Hit us up on <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com&nbsp;
Dec 11, 2018
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." <br><br>We love hearing from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us @coolmompicks</a> with #spawnedshow, and hit us up on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
Dec 08, 2018
Kids and video games: What you need to know! Ep 133
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As we head into the holiday season with video games (and Fortnite) gifts topping our kids' wishlist, we're sharing one of our favorite Spawned episodes when we chatted with video game expert and author, Dr. Rachel Kowert. She discusses the benefits of video games, and when, if ever, you should be worried.<br><br>Check out Dr. Kowert's book, along with the other links mentioned in this podcast, on our <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. And we'd love to hear from you. Email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us @coolmompicks</a> #SpawnedShow, or hit us up on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
Nov 29, 2018
The importance of gratitude | Ep 132
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We both have gratitude on our minds right now. At a time that there is so much abundance -- food, gifts, parties -- and conversely, so many of us struggling with the season in general, it's so valuable for us to consider ways to help develop more gratitude in our kids. And honestly in ourselves. So this week on Spawned, you'll find a really honest, helpful (we hope!) conversation about how to be more mindful everyday gratitude, as a way to ground ourselves this holiday season and beyond, and to connect to the things that really matter. // Thanks so much for listening + subscribing! You can find show notes with links to all the info in this episode, including our cool picks of the week, on the <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>
Nov 26, 2018
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. <br><br>You can find all the links from our show on our <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. And we love hearing from you! Email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">hit us up on Facebook</a>, or <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> with the hashtag #SpawnedShow.&nbsp;
Nov 14, 2018
Representation FTW! Ep. 130
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We promised you an Election Day episode and well, we delivered. On this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we're chatting about the November 6 election and the big news: over 100 women in Congress! So what's next? How do we keep the momentum going? How do we keep our kids excited about civil service? We talk about this, as well as share our Cool Picks of the Week, in this week's episode.<br><br>We love hearing from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us with the hashtag #spawnedshow</a>, or <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">come say "hello" to us on Facebook</a>. And don't forget to visit us at <a href="http://coolmompicks.com">CoolMomPicks.com</a>!&nbsp;
Nov 09, 2018
WHOOOPPPPPERRRRS! | Ep 129
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In a much needed self-care break that includes laughing until we cry (for real), Liz and Kristen take on some of the greatest Halloween debates among parents -- like, the legal trick-or-treating maximum age, suburbs vs city Halloweens, the best candy-booze pairings and, well, Whoppers. We need you to break the tie, so take a listen now! || Questions? Comments? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com, find us on <a href="http://instagram.com/coolmompicks">Insta</a>, <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> @coolmompicks. Thanks for listening and subscribing!&nbsp; May you be blessed with all the Milky Way Darks this year. (Or, perhaps, Whoppers.)
Oct 27, 2018
Time saving hacks with Amiyrah Martin | Ep 128
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Here's an episode just for those of you too busy to listen to podcasts (ha): Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal joins us this week to share the most brilliant -- and kind of shocking, honestly -- time-saving tips and hacks to help us prioritize our families a little more and put more energy towards what's important. Meal planning in five-minutes a week? Planning your whole year in a single day? Count us in! And of course you can read more about all the stuff we talk about on the <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">CoolMomPicks.com podcast page</a>, and find us on <a href="http://instagram.com/coolmompicks">Instagram</a>, <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> @coolmompicks. Thanks so much for listening + subscribing! (NOTE: this is a clean episode but there's one gently used b-word at the very very end if you have little ones over your shoulder.)
Oct 07, 2018
Catherine McCord on making feeding kids more fun | Spawned 127
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If you know cookbook author and food writer Catherine McCord of Weelicious and the creator of the One Potato family meal delivery service, you know she's all about making it more fun and easy to help get families eating together. Join us for a really lively chat, filled with honest anecdotes and helpful tips for those of us who don't necessarily live to cook (that's us!) She even schools us on benefits we never knew about frozen cauliflower...and her daughter does what with salt?&nbsp; Listen to find out! || Thanks so much for listening to Spawned + subscribing! You can find more info about everything you heard here on the <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">CoolMomPicks.com podcast page</a>. And of course hit us up with questions any time at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social @coolmpicks on Twitter, FB and Instagram.&nbsp;
Oct 01, 2018
Tech health expert Dr. Mike Brooks: How much screen time is too much? | Spawned 126
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When work is online, communication is online, entertainment is online and it's all 24/7...it can be hard to get offline! So today, Kristen is have a smart, nuanced, truly helpful discussion with tech health expert Dr. Mike Brooks for lots of tips, advice and some of the tough love we might need. He's the author of TechHappyLife.com and the new book Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World and we think you'll get so much out of his smart, researched-based ideas for how to model good tech behavior for our kids...so they can be healthy tech users too.&nbsp; || Find more info about everything you hear today on the <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">CoolMomPicks.com podcast page</a>, Questions or comments? Spawned@coolmompicks.com, or @coolmompicks on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for listening! And for subscribing! (You are a subscriber, right? Of course you are!)
Sep 24, 2018
Kids and nutrition: Tips from pediatric expert Dr. Tanya Altmann | Ep 125
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This week on Spawned, we're talking kids and nutrition. Which, TBH, is one of those issues that nearly universally stresses out parents of all kinds, whatever the age of our kids. Fortunately, we've got an expert to help us out: Dr. Tanya Altmann, who you may better know as just...Dr. Tanya from TV!<br><br>Take a listen as she helps us with topics like parents' biggest nutrition struggles, how much protein kids really need, tips to avoid added sugars in processed foods, helping kids make better food choices when we're not with them, and why moderation is totally okay. <br><strong><br>Don't forget to subscribe and thank you so much for listening! </strong>You can find more info about<strong> </strong>all the info you heard today, including our cool picks of the week, on <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">the Cool Mom Picks Spawned page</a>.<strong> </strong>If you have questions, hit us up anytime: spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> @coolmompicks. <strong><br></strong><br><br>
Sep 21, 2018
Losing the Working Mom Guilt: Jessica Turner | Ep 124
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Working mom guilt is useless -- or wait, is it? Well, consider us schooled! If you're a working mom (or even a working dad), we think you'll get SO much out of this discussion with Jessica Turner, author of <em>Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt.</em> She's got some terrific tips on why guilt can actually be a good teacher, how to make more time for yourself and your (non-kid) relationships, and one brilliant, simple, super quick way to help you overcome the guilt that inevitably comes with being a working mom. || Thanks so much for listening, subscribing, and just being you! You can find all the links you hear about today on our <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">podcast page on Cool Mom Picks</a>. And if you have questions, comments or show ideas, reach out at spawned@coolmompicks.com or on social at <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks on Facebook </a>and <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks on Twitter</a>.&nbsp;
Sep 16, 2018
Make Your Kid a Money Genius: Beth Kobliner | Ep 123
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If you've been wondering how much you should give your kids for an allowance, or when you should open their own bank account, hey, us too! Get the answers and a whole lot more on this episode featuring Beth Kobliner, a New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, and mom-of-3, who's tackling all the kids and money questions we could squeeze into 40-minutes. || Questions? Comments? Hit up up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> @coolmompicks. And find all the links from today's show on <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">the podcast page on Cool Mom Picks</a>. And hey! Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Thanks for listening!
Sep 07, 2018
5 top time-management techniques and how they can work for parents | Ep 122
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This week, as Kristen and Liz try (desperately) to get organized for back-to-school, we take a look at 5 top time-management techniques from experts, compare them, and analyze how they can be helpful to parents. Because we're all busy, yo! And anything that gets our to-do list done more efficiently so we can get back to the things we really WANT to do is good by us! Plus as always, we've got some great cool picks of the week. || Find more information about the info you hear in today's episode on our podcast page on CoolMomPicks.com or at bit.ly/spawnedcmp. || And of course if you have questions, comments, topic or guest ideas, hit us up! Spawned@coolmompicks.com, or @coolmompicks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using hashtag #SpawnedShow. Thanks for listening, friends!
Sep 02, 2018
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
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. <br><br>Got questions or comments for us? We love hearing from you! Please drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook,</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> with the hashtag #SpawnedShow.&nbsp;
Aug 16, 2018
Professional organizer Laurie Palau with back-to-school organization tips | Ep 119
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Join us for one of our greatest hits Spawned episodes: Professional organizer Laurie Palau schools us on back-to-school organization tips and tricks that make this time of year so much more manageable. You'll love her! | Questions or comments? Hit us up @coolmompicks on social media or spawned@coolmompicks.com | And thanks so much for listening, subscribing to Spawned, and leaving so many incredibly positive reviews! It means a lot to us. (You guyyyyyys....)
Aug 10, 2018
NBC’s Making It contestant Robert Mahar on finding your creativity: Ep 118
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You can imagine how excited we were to discover our old friend Robert Mahar, previous owner of Mahar Dry Goods which we featured many times on Cool Mom Picks, was a contestant on NBC's new DIY craft show Making It. So we had to have him on an episode of Spawned to give us the scoop on the show, but more importantly, talk about how to help your kids and you find creativity. And as always, we close our show with our Cool Picks of the Week. <br><br>Get all the links and information from our show over on our podcast page at <a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">CoolMomPicks.com</a>. And if you've got questions or comments, we love hearing from you! <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Tweet us</a>, <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">drop us a comment on Facebook</a>, or say "hello" on <a href="http://instagram.com/coolmompicks">Instagram</a>.&nbsp;
Aug 06, 2018
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. <br><br>You can get all the links from our show over on our podcast page at <a href="http://coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks</a>. And be sure to hit us up on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter,</a> and email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. We love hearing from you!&nbsp;
Jul 16, 2018
Angela Santomero: How to raise smart, engaged kids in a screen-filled world | Ep 116
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Whatever age your kids may be, we know that managing screen time and finding the benefits (and boundaries) is a huge issue with parents. So we're THRILLED to chat with Angela Santomero, the successful creator of educational programs like Blue's Clues, SuperWhy!, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. She's out with the new book, <em>PRESCHOOL CLUES</em>: <em>Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World,</em> and she is just filled with common sense advice, smart perspectives, and pro tips that help parents make good choices when it comes to kids and TV. Plus, we've got some outstanding cool picks of the week for the mind, face + body! || Questions or comments? You can find us @coolmompicks on Twitter, FB and IG, or hit us up at spawned!coolmompicks.com. Thanks so much for listening!
Jun 29, 2018
Can couples work together without killing each other? Episode 115
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They're not mythical unicorns! Couples who work together actually exist. Lucky us, we got to chat with one of them on this episode of Spawned. We had a blast talking about balancing life in a love and work partnership with Tor Hyams, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and Lisa Rothauser, a singer, actor, and composer, who are currently working on a musical adaptation of the classic TV show, <a href="http://www.torandlisa.com/">Green Acres</a>. We think you'll appreciate their funny, frank conversations about a topic we know lots of people (including us) are curious about. <br><br>We'd love to hear from you! You can email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> with #spawnedshow, or find us on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>. And make sure to visit our podcast page on <a href="http://coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks</a> for all the links from our show.&nbsp;<br><br>
Jun 26, 2018
Sleepaway camp: The pros, the cons, and the tears (mostly ours) | Ep 114
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School's out, which means most of our kids are heading out for sleepaway camp, a few for the whole summer, and a few for just a week or two. There's even one going to Japan! (That's Kristen's oldest daughter). So, how do you decide if your kids are ready? How do you survive when they're gone? We're sharing our experiences on today's episode of Spawned, plus a super important Cool Pick of the Week that you won't want to miss. <br><br>We'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> using #SpawnedShow, or swing by <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>. And head over to the <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a> to get all the links from the show.&nbsp;
Jun 14, 2018
Mothers of Reinvention | Ep 113
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We're always fascinated by stories of women who have changed career paths after motherhood, and not just because that's our own story as well. We know lots of women who have found success in other areas, with the change often set in motion by having kids. We were so thrilled to chat with our friend Mallory Kasdan, host of the popular <a href="https://www.milkpodcast.com/milk/">MILK podcast </a>who shares her own struggles and challenges, along with her helpful advice. <br><br>Let us know your thoughts! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> using the hashtag #SpawnedShow, or <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">visit us on Facebook</a>. We love hearing from you!&nbsp;
Jun 11, 2018
MOM, I'M BORED! | Ep 112
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You know it's coming. The dreaded "Mom, I'm booooored!" But hey! We're here to help, which is what we hope you'll get from listening to this episode. We've got tons of suggestions for how to keep kids busy this summer, and if you are so inclined, off of screens (we've got suggestions for awesome screen time too). From family book clubs to scavenger hunts, to how to make family movie night educational (seriously!), we've got ideas you might not have even thought of.&nbsp; And ones that won't take a lot of effort on your part. Promise. And as always, we end our show with our Cool Picks of the Week! <br><br>Got an idea? Want to say hi? We'd love to hear form you. Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">@CoolMomPicks</a> #spawnedshow, or <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">come say hello on Facebook</a>.&nbsp;Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
Jun 01, 2018
The best shopping tips + tricks for online consignment shops| Ep 111
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This week, join us for a light, fun, super chatty episode about....shopping! Specifically, online consignment shopping. Which are the best online resale sites for sellers? Which are the best for buyers? Which pay the highest commissions to you? Which will suck all of your time away from your children? We've got so many great tips and tricks from our own experiences -- especially Kristen. Plus...we've got a fun live fashion unboxing that's pretty hilarious. Then some extra-cool cool picks of the week. Thanks so much for listening and subscribing! And keep those reviews coming -- they make us happy! | questions/comments: Hit us up on social @coolmompicks or email spawned@coolmompicks.com
May 31, 2018
The future (of business) is female | Ep 110
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Where do you start if you have a career dream, a passion, or a business idea? Why is it important for all of us to have more women running businesses? How are women changing startup culture? And what's up with only 2% of VC money going to businesses with women at the top?! (GAH!) Join Liz and Heather Cabot, the former ABC News anchor, current investor, Forbes columnist, and author of Geek Girl Rising, for a really engaging, informative chat that could change the whole direction of your life. No exaggeration! | Thanks so much for listening and don't forget to subscribe to Spawned with Kristen + Liz!&nbsp;
May 21, 2018
Mother's Day is not for dog moms | Ep 109
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Dog moms, single dads, the list of people trying to claim Mother's Day from moms goes on. So, we address it head on! Should moms get their own holiday? Do we all need to be able to celebrate everything? What about the folks who have a hard time with Mother's Day every year? We tackle these questions and more, plus share our cool picks of the week! <br><br>Where can you find the links from our show, you ask? Head over to our <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">podcast page on Cool Mom Picks</a>. And we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">@CoolMomPicks</a> #SpawnedShow, or say "hi" on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
May 12, 2018
Siri Daly: Making feeding kids more fun | Ep 108
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Do you think preparing 21 nutritious meals a week is the joy of your existence? In that case, might want to skip this episode. Today we're keeping it real with the delightful, funny, and down-to-earth Siri Daly, who you might know from her TODAY Show cooking segments (often with her husband Carson Daly) and her bestselling cookbook, Siriously Delicious. We're chatting about how to make food "happy," tricks for getting kids to eat better without stress, meal-planning tips, plus totally random banter about Junior Mints and the joys of online friends.&nbsp; We've got some extra-cool cool picks of the week today, too! || Questions, comments, show ideas? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find Kristen + Liz on your favorite democracy-destroying social network as @coolmompicks using hashtag #spawnedshow.&nbsp;
May 04, 2018
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. <br><br>You can find all the links we talk about on today's show over on <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">CoolMomPicks.com</a>. And we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us<a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks"> @CoolMomPicks</a> #SpawnedShow, or say "hi" on <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>.
Apr 23, 2018
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. <br><br>Got thoughts? Comments? Questions? Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a> (yep, we're still there), or <a href="http://twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> using the hashtag #SpawnedShow. And head over to <a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks</a> to see all the links from our show.&nbsp;
Apr 17, 2018
What parents need to know about Autism, with guest Dr. Laura Klinger | Ep 105
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With World Autism Day approaching (April 2, 2018), we chatted with Dr. Laura Klinger, Executive Director of the <a href="https://www.teacch.com/">TEACCH Autism</a> at UNC, and part of the team who helped develop the character Julia for Sesame Street who debuted last year. We asked her everything from how to correctly refer to kids with autism, to what research she and her colleagues are currently conducting about causation and treatment. And we discussed how families whose kids are not on the Spectrum can show support and empathy for those who are.&nbsp;<br><br>Got questions, comments, or show topic suggestions? Drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Twitter (use #spawnedshow), or say "hi" on Facebook. We love hearing from you!&nbsp;
Mar 25, 2018
Spring Fashion: The good, the bad, and the OMGWTF | Ep 104
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This week, we're browsing the hot fashion trends of spring for a candid discussion about what we can wear, what we can't, and what the heck women ever did to designers to deserve some of this. Will we say yes to designer fanny packs? Fringed go-go dancer tops? Giant floral prints? Misspelled designer logos? Take a listen for a fun, light, totally opinionated episode that's well worth your 34 minutes! || Questions? Comments? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us @coolmompicks on social. And don't forget to leave us a (really nice) review if you like Spawned! We'd like that even more than sparkly metallic ankle boots.&nbsp;
Mar 13, 2018
Kids + Activism | Ep 103
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Today, in the wake of the tragic Parkland school shooting, we're talking about the positive: The courageous, amazing kids-turned-activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High -- and how their actions are influencing so many kids around the nation. (Including ours. And maybe yours?) It's a really great discussion about how we as parents can encourage our own kids to get involved in issues they care about -- education, animals, the environment, you name it -- and what kinds of things we can all do to help feel less helpless and more empowered in the face of tragedy beyond our control. <strong>Questions? Comments? Hit us up via spawned@coolmompicks.com, follow us on twitter and facebook @coolmompicks using the hashtag #spawnedshow. Thank you for listening!</strong>
Feb 26, 2018
The power of positivity | ep 102
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We all get into cycles of negative thinking (raising our hands here), and fortunately there are some simple tips to help you get out sooner. Because more positivity means happier you, happier kids, more success, more love. Really! Take a listen to these tips about the power of positive thinking from the energetic Sandy Joy Weston, fitness instructor, trainer (she was the first female trainer for the Philadelphia Flyers!), mom, and author of the new book, Train Your Head and Your Body Will Follow. | Questions? Comments? Knock-knock jokes? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social @coolmompicks using #SpawnedShow. Thanks for listening!
Feb 12, 2018
Working parents: What are your rights? | Spawned Ep 101
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Did you hear the one about the pregnant woman who wasn't allowed to drink a glass of water on the job? If only this were an isolated story. That's why, for all of us working moms, working dads, and working moms-to-be, Liz is so happy to sit down with working families advocate and A Better Balance founder Dina Bakst. This episode, they're talking about our legal rights as working parents, which protections are guaranteed to us, which states are leading the way, and where we really need to do better for moms <em>and</em> dads. If you have questions or comments, find us at spawned@coolmompicks.com or on social @coolmompicks. Thanks for listening!<br>
Feb 04, 2018
Our extra special, super awesome 100th episode | Ep 100
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Happy 2018! We're back with our extra special, super awesome 100th episode where we look back and share our most favorite Spawned with Kristen and Liz episodes. We share the funniest, the most helpful, and yes, the most controversial, plus some never before heard back stories. <br><br>We'd love to hear from you about what you'd like to hear in 2018! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us with the hashtag #SpawnedShow</a>, or head over to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>. Yes, we're there too. Thanks for listening, subscribing, and telling all your friends about us.&nbsp;
Jan 19, 2018
Insider family travel tips to save you money: Ep 99
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Whether you're planning a spring break trip, a summer vacation, or a quick weekend getaway, you're going to want to hear these fantastic money-saving family travel tips from expert Shellie Bailey-Shah from KidTripster.com. Did you know there's a best day to book your travel? Wondering how to cut costs on your plane fare or rental car? You'll get a ton of helpful info to help you save money on your next family trip. <br><br>We love hearing from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> #SpawnedShow, and make sure to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">follow us on Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
Dec 21, 2017
Balancing screentime with real life | Ep 98
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Raise your hand if you struggle to put down the phone sometimes. Yep, us too. So...we're joined by "The Art of Screentime" author and expert Anya Kamenetz for an honest conversation about how to realistically balance all that online time with real life. For both you <em>and</em> your kids. She's got some seriously amazing tips that were new to us, and we're excited to put them to use . Hope they help you too! || Thanks so much for listening and all your kind 5-star reviews! Best listeners ever! If you want to reach out with comments or questions: spawned@coolmompicks.com or @coolmompicks on your favorite social channel. (When you're not in the midst of your offline time, of course.)
Dec 15, 2017
Are video games hurting our kids? | Spawned ep 97
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We have SO many questions for video game expert Dr. Rachel Kowert: Are video games hurting our kids? Are violent games making kids more violent? Are they playing too much overall? How do we manage all that gaming time? And geez... are there ANY positive effects for kids who game? We think you'll be surprised at the answers and her&nbsp;common sense advice. This is a great episode whether your kids are just old enough for screens, or already masters of Minecraft. || Questions? Comments? Hit us up! spawned@coolmompicks.com or @coolmompicks on your favorite social channel. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;<br>
Dec 11, 2017
Our very special Holiday Gift Guide episode | Ep 96
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It's here! Our annual holiday gift guide, and we're sharing some of our favorites from the hundreds of gifts we scoured the web to find. It's like an entire episode of Cool Picks of the Week. Whether you're finishing off your holiday shopping, or just getting started, we've got lots of suggestions. And opinions, of course. <br><br>We love hearing from you! Drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com, follow us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> (use #spawnedshow). And find all our holiday picks in our <a href="http://bit.ly/cmpholidayguide17">holiday gift guide</a>, and on our podcast page.
Dec 06, 2017
Our best money-saving tips for holiday shopping and Black Friday | ep 95
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Who likes paying retail over the holiday? Not us! Presumably, not you. So...join us for a fun, fast-paced episode with our very best money-saving holiday shopping tips culled from YEARS of giving this same advice in national magazines, newspapers, and shows like TODAY. You can use these tips, apps, and other helpful services on Black Friday or any day of the year, and don't worry about writing it all down -- you'll find all the links on our our podcast page at bit.ly/spawnedCMP. | Thanks for listening! And if you've got any questions, comments or show ideas...hit us up!&nbsp; spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social at @coolmompicks using hashtag #SpawnedShow
Nov 22, 2017
Can't we all just get along? The Thanksgiving episode | Ep 94
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Wondering how to tell the men to do the dishes for a change? Struggling to feed 12 people with 14 different food allergies? Freaking over a 10-hour road trip with perpetually bored tweens? And how do we handle those political conversations everyone is dreading? You gave us questions...we've got answers! Join us for a fun, honest, carb-free Thanksgiving romp. And thanks so much for listening and supporting Spawned with Kristen and Liz! Questions? Hit us up: spawned@coolmompicks.com or @coolmompicks on social media with hashtag #SpawnedShow. &nbsp;<br><br>*NOTE: Got kids around: This is a clean show with one lone f-bomb. What can we say; it's a favorite word.
Nov 19, 2017
Rock n roll parenting | Ep 93
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Kristen just got back from an Imagine Dragons show with all four of her kids, because she's not like a regular mom...she's a COOL MOM. (Also, whoa.) Join us for a lively discussion about kids and concerts, tips and concerns. And earplugs. Definitely earplugs. Plus, we confess our own first concerts in which Liz gains a little indie cred and Kristen makes a confession you may never have guessed.&nbsp; || Thanks for listening! Questions? Comments? Episode ideas? Hit us up: spawned@coolmompicks.com or @coolmompicks on social with #SpawnedShow. Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!
Nov 08, 2017
Diet trends: Smart or stupid? | Ep 92
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With the "eating holidays" around the corner, we're looking at ways to keep our jeans from killing us with tightness. On this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we're having a conversation about 5 of the most popular current diet trends, and we decide which ones might work for us (and maybe you too). Intermittent fasting? Ketogenics? If you've ever wondered about the buzz words you might have heard or seen on social media, now's your chance to get the scoop! (And of course, a reminder that we are not doctors -- duh -- so do not take our recommendations as medical advice). <br><br>If you've got show suggestions, comments, or questions, drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can also <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us</a> with #SpawnedShow or visit us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a> or <a href="http://www.instagram.com/coolmompicks">Instagram</a>. And be sure to head over to <a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks </a>to see all our show notes and links we mentioned.&nbsp;
Nov 01, 2017
Vagacials! Scalp Botox! Make it stop! | ep 91
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Ready to laugh? Join us for our own version of <em>Wait Wait WAIT Don't Tell Me</em> (don't sue us, NPR!) As we try to discern the craziest beauty trends from a few fake ones. Which are also crazy. (Seriously, nose hair extensions? MAKE IT STOP!) | How many did you get right? Share with us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on social media @coolmompicks with hashtag #spawnedshow | And we're sorry we snorted into our mics more than a few times.
Oct 24, 2017
Getting kids to do homework without nagging | Ep 90
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When it comes to our kids' education, we all want them develop good habits, self-direction, and autonomy, So what can we do as parents to best support them at home? (Spoiler: Nagging is not a good idea.) This week we've got BRILLIANT tips from Katherine Firestone of the Fireborn Institute -- which has nothing to do with Game of Thrones, we asked. Her ideas are so innovative and smart, many of them even brand new to us. We hope they help you too, whatever kind of learner you have at home. | Questions? Comments? spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social @coolmompicks #SpawnedShow and thanks for listening!
Oct 19, 2017
Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment | ep 89
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If you're having a hard time with the ongoing story about Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment and predatory behavior, abuse of power, and a complicit culture, well...so are we. A really hard time. So we put together this raw, honest, unscripted conversation (no ads, no interruptions) with the hope that we can help more women to process your feelings, find the right words for your kids, and get the help you need if you're struggling with memories and experiences of your own. You're not alone.&nbsp;
Oct 11, 2017
Playing with kids without losing your mind | Ep 88
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Not every parent has the time (or patience or uh, interest) to play racecars for hours on end. GUILTY! So we're chatting with Meredith Sinclair, TODAY Show play expert and author of Well Played to get some much-needed tips. We discuss how to make play more fun (for parents too), why we all need more play right now, the great tech toy debate, and score lots of toy and game recos that parents should add to our arsenals. | Questions? Comments? Compliments? Find Kristen + Liz&nbsp; @coolmompicks #SpawnedShow on social media, or hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Oct 09, 2017
THERE WILL BE BLOOD | Ep 87
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Are we comfortable saying vagina? YES! Having frank conversations with our daughters -- and sons -- about menstruation? YES! Telling our most embarrassing period stories? Well...at least Liz did. (And there's more than one, oh no!) Join us for a funny, frank talk about "the talk" you know you'll be having with your daughters one day if you haven't already. Plus, get lots of helpful advice from Naama Bloom, founder of Hello Flo and author of the upcoming Period Book. | By the way we shouldn't have to mark a podcast as EXPLICIT for the word "vagina" but we did because anatomy freaks some people out. | Comments? Questions? Got your own embarrassing story to share? Email spawned@coolmompicks.com, or follow us @coolmompicks #SpawnedShow on social. Thanks for listening!
Oct 02, 2017
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with Kids | Ep 86
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Parents, if you listen to any episode it should be this one. Because we've got civilization=saving strategies here from James Breakwell (aka @xplodingunicorn), comedy writer and author of the new book, Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.&nbsp;<br><br>Wait, are you laughing? This is DEADLY SERIOUS STUFF, PARENTS. Discover tips for how to break the news to your kids in age-appropriate ways, how to turning toys and umbrella strollers into deadly weapons, and why parents have some surprising. advantages for post-apocalyptic survival over "smug, outdoorsy millennials" with no kids.&nbsp;<br><br>| Thanks for listening, subscribing and leaving us a sweet rating! | Questions? Find Kristen + Liz&nbsp; on social @coolmompicks with the hashtag #spawnedshow<br><br><br>
Sep 23, 2017
"That's inappropriate, Mom!" | Ep 85
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When can your kids start watching more "adult" movies and shows? Do you care more about f-bombs or violence and gore? What about sex? What about themes like suicide or sexuality or war? And how come the ratings system seems so totally ridiculous sometimes?&nbsp; A fun, candid, and (ahem) somewhat NSFW discussion to help you decide when to let which kids watch what. | Questions, comments, show ideas or copious praise: email us any time at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find Liz and Kristen on social at @coolmompicks with hashtag #spawned show. Thanks for listening!
Sep 15, 2017
Better parenting through ignoring your kids | Ep 84
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Is it okay to ignore your kids when they're being pains in the you-know-what? Family coach and LCSW, Catherine Pearlman, the author of the new book "Ignore It" says yup!&nbsp; But...with a few caveats. If your kids have ever acted up (mayyyybe once, right?) tune in and learn about her smart technique, and how ignoring is not the same as neglecting. We think you'll get some great tips out of it! We sure did. | Questions or comments? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social @coolmompicks using hashtag #spawnedshow. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
Sep 09, 2017
You can do it, parents! Back to school organization tips | Ep 83
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Professional organizer and mom Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized saves us all with down-to-earth tips, tricks, and common sense advice to get us on track for the school year, manage the kids (mostly), and keep us organized and productive. So smart! We've also got some truly amazing cool picks of the week. Questions? Comments? Knock-knock jokes? Email Kristen and Liz at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on Twitter or FB at @coolmompicks using #spawnedshow. Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss a week!
Sep 03, 2017
Hiding in the Bathroom | Ep 82
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Morra Aarons-Mele discusses her new book, Hiding in the Bathroom and shares incredibly helpful tactics and tips for overcoming introversion, battling social anxiety and FOMO, and living your best life when you feel like more like "leaning out" most days. (Also, turns out Liz and Kristen may be more introverted than we had realized!) || Questions? Comments? Follow us at twitter.com/coolmompicks or @coolmompicks on Facebook with hashtag #spawnedshow or email any time: spawned@coolmompicks.com. || Thanks for subscribing to our podcast and for those generous five-star ratings! We give YOU five stars right back!
Aug 28, 2017
Confessions of a Class Mom | Ep 81
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This episode we're joined by the hilarious Laurie Gelman, author of Class Mom: A Novel and we get allllll the dirt on the mind of a class mom: The pettiness and the perks, the nightmare parents, the differences between class moms and class dads, and just what kind of masochistic martyr takes on this job anyway. Plus, we're sharing 3 cool picks of the week. || Thanks for listening to Spawned! If you love the show, please subscribe to our feed, leave us a review on iTunes (five-stars is cool but hey, no pressure), and don't forget to download the episode so you can listen any time. || Find us on social media @coolmompicks using the hashtag #SpawnedShow
Aug 11, 2017
WHY? WHY? WHY? On Raising Curious Kids | Ep 80
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How do we keep our kids curious and interested in all kinds of topics? What do we do when we don't know how to answer their questions? What are some cool educational websites for them? Why is it so important to let kids know that we (sadly) don't know every single thing in the world? And WHY WHY WHY are kids all so obsessed with farts? We have answers! Join a fun chat with Kristen, Liz, and Molly Bloom, the host of the super popular Brains On podcast from MN Public Radio. And be sure to stick around for our cool picks of the week...and a fun little surprise at the end! &nbsp;|| Questions? Comments? Topic suggestions? hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or on social media @coolmomicks with hashtag #spawnedshow. We love hearing from you!
Jul 07, 2017
Surviving sleepaway camp: Ep 79
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Liz is joined by Cool Mom Eats editor Stacie Billis -- and a special, surprise child guest -- to take on all your questions about that big parenting milestone (cue scary music)... sending your kids off to sleepaway camp! How do you know when they're ready? How do pick the right camp? What are the secret BTDT camp tricks for packing? How do you get your kids to actually write you letters? What about picky eaters or kids with food allergies? All will be answered! Plus, we've got some fantastic cool picks of the week. Questions, comments, episode ideas or lovely words of support: spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social media @coolmompicks with the hashtag #spawnedshow
Jun 25, 2017
Man V Child: Surviving the toddler years with comedian Doug Moe | ep 78
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Comedian, actor (Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock), author of Man V Child, and dad Doug Moe joins us to answer parents' most common questions about babies and toddlers. Do babies belong in bars? What do you do when you hate your kids' friends? Find out the answers - and laugh a lot - on this week's episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz. &nbsp;Questions? spawned@coolmompicks.com, @coolmompicks on Twitter and Facebook.
Jun 09, 2017
Smart tips and tricks for tackling digital clutter with Joshua Zerkel of Evernote | Ep 77
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If you're like us, you've got emails piled up in your inbox, photos eating up memory on your phone, and don't even get us started with all the documents cluttering up your computer. But that's all about to change thanks to professional organization expert and Director of Global Community and Training at Evernote, Joshua Zerkel. He's got pretty amazing tips and tricks that can really help you get a handle on all your digital clutter and help you actually find the stuff you're looking for when you need it. Plus, we've got a few pretty fun Cool Picks of the Week, too. <br><br>You can find all the links mentioned on our show over on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. Plus, let us know what you thought of the show on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> #SpawnedShow, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. We love hearing from you.&nbsp;
Jun 02, 2017
Making science fun for kids: NPR's Wow in the World podcast hosts Guy Raz + Mindy Thomas | Ep 76
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If you want to get your kids excited about science, or need help answering those impossible questions they ask about the world around them, join us! We've got a super fun interview with the hosts of Wow in the World, the brand new NPR science + discovery podcast for kids starring Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas. They describe the crazy questions their own children have asked them, offer tips and resources for curious kids, and join in on one of the funniest Cool Picks of the Week segments ever. |||&nbsp; If you have questions, comments, or kind words of love and affection find us at spawned@coolmompicks.com or on social media @CoolMomPicks with the hashtag #SpawnedShow.
May 21, 2017
Work after baby: Lauren Smith Brody on surviving with style | Ep 75
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Today, Liz is joined by Lauren Smith Brody, the fabulous author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. Join us for a fun, revealing, extremely honest chat about getting over mommy guilt (argh!), how to look and and feel human again, how to carve out me-time, and why single moms are our role models. | Comments/Questions? Find us on social @coolmompicks using hashtag #spawnedshow or drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com | And fear not...Kristen will be returning next week!
May 13, 2017
Ep. 74 The worst Mother's Day gift in the history of the world
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This week, we're sharing the Mother's Day PR pitches in our inboxes that are so hilariously bad we couldn't help but laugh about them. And uh....save them. To share with you. Because we love you.&nbsp;<br>Want to say hi to Kristen + Liz? Share the best or worst gifts you've ever gotten? Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook or IG @CoolMomPicks and use the hashtag #SpawnedShow.&nbsp;
May 07, 2017
Ep 73: Not ready for Blurred Lines: A chat with Laurie Berkner
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This week, Liz and Kristen sit down with the one and only queen of kids music, Laurie Berkner! Tune in for a fun talk about what to do when your kids outgrow the kid stuff, learn tips for connecting over the music they do like, and behold: our own first teenage concert confessions! Some of which are more embarrassing than others. (Ahem, Kristen.)&nbsp;
Apr 29, 2017
Ep 72: You spent $72 on WHAT?
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Upon popular request, it's an entire Cool Picks of the Week episode, filled with beauty saves and splurges right from our own make-up bags. Did Liz really spend $72 on a mascara? Is that $5 lipstick as good as the $30 one? We'll give you the inside scoop on our favorites that we hope you love just as much as we do. <br><br>You can find links from our show over on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">podcast page</a>. And feel free to send us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com or tweet us <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a> #spawnedshow.&nbsp;
Apr 20, 2017
Ep 71: Kids and Social Media. Ahhhhhhhh!
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With so many parents asking us about how to manage social media and kids, we decided to spend a show helping parents navigate this challenging topic. On this episode, we discuss some of the recent studies about kids and social media, and then tap into our own experience as parents and tech experts to share our tips, tricks, and practice advice. <br>And of course, we end our show with our cool picks of the week. <br><br>You can find all the links from this show (there are lots!) on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">podcast page</a>. And feel free to hit us up on social media: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a> #spawnedshow on Twitter and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>. Or email us: spawned@coolmompicks.com.
Apr 14, 2017
Ep 70: Expert time organization tips (that really work!)
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Who doesn't want more time in their day? On this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we take a close look at 5 popular time organization techniques from the experts and talk about how they could work (or not) for parents. We bet you'll appreciate these smart ideas that could really help make your life as a busy parent easier. And, as always, we share our cool picks of the week. <br><br>You can find everything we mentioned on the show over on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. And feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you think about the show. We're on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> (use #spawnedshow), <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and <a href="http://www.instagram.com/coolmompicks">Instagram</a>. Or, email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com.&nbsp;
Mar 29, 2017
Ep 69: Is princess culture hurting our kids?
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With the popularity of the new <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2017/03/21/beauty-and-the-beast-review/">Beauty and the Beast movie</a>, we just had to address the issue of princess culture and whether it's healthy or hurtful. Can you still be a feminist parent with daughters obsessed with princesses? How does this all affect our sons? We tap into books, articles, research, and our own parenting experience as we chat about this controversial topic. <br><br>You'll find all the links from our show over on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast</a> page. And, be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss an episode! Thanks for your emails, tweets, and kind reviews.&nbsp;
Mar 24, 2017
Ep 68: How to get kids to eat better.
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Whether you've got a kid who eats everything or the same four foods over and over, we've got tips, tricks, and helpful advice from our <a href="http://www.coolmomeats.com">Cool Mom Eats</a> food editor (and mom of 2), Stacie Billis that you won't want to miss. Tapping into her background in child development as well as her many years as a food writer, Stacie shares her advice on everything from how to get kids to eat better to ways to encourage picky eaters to try new foods, all without driving yourself crazy. Or, too crazy, that is. Plus, we share our cool picks of the week! <br><br>Head over to our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast</a> page to get what you might have missed during the show, and feel free to reach out to us with questions and comments. We love hearing from you! We're on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a> #SpawnedShow, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com.&nbsp;
Feb 22, 2017
Ep. 67: Dr. Harvey Karp makes us feel like less crappy parents
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That's right, <em>the</em> Dr. Harvey Karp joins us for this very special episode to answer your sleep questions, like when babies are really supposed to sleep through the night, what's the right (and wrong!) kind of white noise, plus how to handle sleep issues with older kids. And, he shares the inside scoop on his brand new <a href="https://www.happiestbaby.com/pages/snoo">SNOO smart sleeper</a>, and how it's helping babies and parents get more sleep. Let's just say we both breathed a collective sigh of relief after chatting with him, and we hope you will too.<br><br>You can see all the links we mention on the show over at our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks Podcast page</a>. And we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or tweet us <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@CoolMomPicks</a> using #SpawnedShow. Thanks so much for listening!&nbsp;
Feb 16, 2017
Ep 66: Talking kids and money, with NYT bestselling author Beth Kobliner
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It can be tough to know where and when to start when it comes to kids and money. And don't even get started about the allowance question. How much? And for what? Well, we've got ALL the answers thanks to our special guest <a href="http://www.bethkobliner.com">Beth Kobliner</a>, who's a financial expert, and NYT bestselling author. We're chatting about her new book "<a href="http://www.bethkobliner.com/kids/money-genius/">Make Your Kid a Money Genius</a>" and tackling our questions and yours, too. Plus, she tells us what we're doing right and wrong with our own kids. You won't want to miss this!<br><br>You can find all the links from this episode on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And feel free to reach out to us on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> #SpawnedShow, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and email: spawned@coolmompicks.com.&nbsp;
Feb 08, 2017
Ep. 65: The 100% non-Oscars episode
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We thought it would be fun to do an Oscars episode, but then realized we hadn't seen any of the movies (unless you count a couple of the animated feature). Ah, parenting! So instead, we're talking about all the things that change when you have kids, from sleep to finances, to exercise and yes, not seeing the Oscar-nominated movies. And of course, we've got our cool picks of the week. <br><br>Got a show idea? Want to say hello? Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com or catch us on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>. You can find all the links from our show over on <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks</a>. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
Jan 31, 2017
Ep 64: F*ck yeah, Meryl Streep!
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Considering pretty much everyone had something to say about Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech, we figured we'd jump on the bandwagon too. On today's episode, we're sharing our first reactions, our controversial tweet that got us a couple unfollows, and why Liz played it for her kids. Oh yes she did. Plus, as always, our cool picks of the week. <br><br>You can find all the links we talk about on our show over on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. Feel free to drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us @coolmompicks</a> with #Spawnedshow or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">catch us on Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
Jan 11, 2017
Ep 63: Tips for tackling the most common New Year's resolutions
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We've decided this is finally the year to actually tackle all those darn New Year's resolutions we make and just never seem to be able to keep. Whether you want to lose weight, eat better, take more time for yourself, read more, get your finances together (you get the idea), we're sharing our own advice, plus tips and tricks from the experts, on how to actually make 2017 of getting sh*t done. <br><br>You can find all the links from the show on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. And we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us @CoolMomPicks</a> with #SpawnedShow.&nbsp;
Jan 09, 2017
Ep 62: The best holiday humor from around the web
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We decided that what we needed (hey, maybe you too) was some good old fashioned almost pee-your-pants laughter, so on today's episode of Spawned, we're sharing some of the best holiday humor from around the web. From weird Pinterest hoilday crafts using things you won't believe people used to make crafts, to hilarious holiday tweets, plus funny holiday cards, blog posts that made us cry-laugh, and lots more. We bet there's at least something in this episode that will make you chuckle or we'll give you your money back. Heh. <br><br>You'll find all the funny links we discussed on our podcast over on <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks</a>. We'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">tweet us @CoolMomPicks</a> with #SpawnedShow. We're also on Facebook, Instagram, and MySpace. Okay, not really on MySpace but just making sure you're paying attention.&nbsp;
Dec 21, 2016
Ep 61: We got WHAT for Christmas?
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For this special extended version of Spawned, we tackle your funny, smart, challenging, and hilarious holiday questions. How do you deal with the "Is Santa real?" question? What should you do about unwelcome holiday guests, animal and human? How to you manage overly involved grandparents, disgruntled tweens, and the mother-in-law? We've got answers to all this and a whole lot more. Listen to see if you agree with our advice. And hey, let us know if you think we're wrong. <br><br>Feel free to email us your own answers to any or all of these questions at spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can also tweet us <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a> with #spawnedshow or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">catch us on Facebook</a>. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;<br><br>
Dec 09, 2016
Retail is for suckers: The best online holiday shopping tips
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With our big annual <a href="http://bit.ly/cmpholidaygifts">holiday gift guide</a> on our site and the holiday shopping season is here, we decided it would be helpful and fun to share all our inside, expert online shopping tips that will save you money. You won't believe how easy they are and how much you could save. Seriously, even Kristen didn't know some of these! And of course, we share our cool picks of the week. Surprise, they're holiday gift ideas! <br><br>Head over to our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">podcast page</a> to get all the links from this episode. And feel free to t<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">weet us</a> with the hashtag #spawnedshow, catch us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or send us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com. We'd love to hear from you.&nbsp;
Dec 03, 2016
Ep 59: Thanksgiving Survival Tips
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As much as we love Thanksgiving, it is a notoriously stressful time for lots of families. Especially this year. So, on this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we're sharing our tips for how to survive the holiday. Whether it's coming prepared with games and activities to distract the kids, to even opting out of the celebration if you don't think your mental health can hack it, we're sharing what we've done (and plan on doing) to help us get through this often times difficult season. Plus, we've got two fantastic family games for our Cool Picks of the Week.&nbsp;<br><br>You can find everything we discuss on our <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks Podcast page</a>, or say "hi" on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> (use #SpawnedShow), <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and <a href="http://www.instagram.com/coolmompicks">Instagram</a>. You're also welcome to email us: spawned@coolmompicks.com&nbsp;
Nov 17, 2016
Ep 58: 8 shows to binge watch when the kids are asleep
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We're all needing a little media respite these days and there's just something to be said about enjoying a little grown-up time once the kids are asleep to do just that. Our favorite past time: Binge watching, of course! On this episode, we play TV critics and share the 8 shows we're obsessed with right now, some because they're amazing, others because we're waiting for them to get better. Should you add them to your list? <br><br>You can catch everything we mentioned on the show over on <a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks</a>. Share your favorite shows on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> with #spawnedshow, leave us a comment on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or email us: spawned@coolmompicks.com. And hey, tell a friend about our show. Or a dozen friends. The more the merrier!&nbsp;
Nov 04, 2016
Ep 57: Things not to say to a working mom
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After a <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/CoolMomPicks/posts/10153834653571993">Cool Mom Picks Facebook post</a> 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. <br><br>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. <br><br>You can find all the links from our podcast on <a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks</a>. Check us out on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com.&nbsp;
Oct 27, 2016
Ep 56: Face-eating vampires, and other helpful self-care tips
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If you're like so many people we've spoken with (including us) and are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, maybe even triggered by the current state of the election, we've got our self-care tips and tricks to help get you through the next few weeks. We're sharing what's worked for us, and we hope it helps you too. Plus, we share our Cool Picks of the Week, along with one from a listener!&nbsp;<br><br>You can find all the links from our podcast over on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">CoolMomPicks.com</a>. And we'd love to hear from you. Find us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or drop us an spawned@coolmompicks.com<br><br><br>
Oct 20, 2016
Ep 55: What is with all these sexy Halloween costumes?
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In this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we answer burning questions about Halloween, like how much is too much to spend on a Halloween costume? What the heck is a switch witch? Is it okay to invoke the mommy candy tax? And, we rank the worst "sexy" Halloween costumes we've ever seen. Let's just say they are quite...creative.&nbsp;<br><br>You can find all the links featured in this episode on our&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. Got a show idea? Want to say hello? Find us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, or email us spawned@coolmompicks.com&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Oct 14, 2016
Ep 54: The Great Instagram Humblebrag, and why it drives us all crazy
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What's with parents who complain that their kids won't eat junk food? Or that their children speak way too many languages? On today's episode of Spawned, we're talking about humble braggarts on social media, and why it bothers us so much. Plus, we ask the question if it's ever okay to brag about your kids and if so, how to do it without making everyone else nuts.&nbsp;<br><br>As always, you can find all the links we discuss on our&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. And feel free to weigh in via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>&nbsp;or email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. We love hearing from you.&nbsp;
Oct 06, 2016
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.&nbsp;<br>You'll find information about Samantha's new book&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Pie-Life-Guilt-Free-Success-Satisfaction/dp/1939457238">The Pie Life</a>, 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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and email: Spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
Sep 29, 2016
Ep 52: The hilarity and terror of parenting teens, with author Robert Wilder
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Even if you don't have tweens or teens, we think you'll get a kick out of this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, featuring special guest Robert Wilder, an award-winning author with a new YA novel&nbsp;<a href="http://robertwilder.com/books/nickel/">Nickel</a>, on bookshelves everywhere. He offers humorous stories and great tips, plus talks about his new book. And as always, we share our Cool Picks of the Week, which we think you'll find especially enjoyable this week.&nbsp;<br><br>Make sure to visit our&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast</a>&nbsp;page to catch everything you might have missed during the show. And drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks, or tweet us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@CoolMomPicks</a>&nbsp;with the #SpawnedShow. We love hearing from you. &nbsp;
Sep 22, 2016
Ep 51: Chatting with Lisa Loeb: Why kids' music doesn't have to suck
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We're so thrilled to chat with singer songwriter Lisa Loeb (yes, her!), who's got lots to say about the big changes that are happening to kids' music. Sorry, Barney. Plus, we talk everything from staying hip over 40, to etsy and embroidery, plus what it's like for her kids to see as a cartoon character in the new season of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3012540/">Creative Galaxy</a>. And, as always, we all share our Cool Picks of the Week!&nbsp;<br><br>You can find all the links from our show over on our&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>. And we love hearing from you! Drop us a line at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@CoolMomPicks</a>&nbsp;with #SpawnedShow, or say hello on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
Sep 16, 2016
Ep 50: Dishing with Anne Holton, wife of Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine
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On this very special 50th episode of Spawned, we chat with Anne Holton, the wife of Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine about issues families care about, like public education, paid sick leave, and the importance of voting. But, we also got the dish on what Hillary’s really like, what Anne and Tim are currently binge watching, and how she feels being married to America’s Dad. Plus, Anne shares her own Cool Pick of the Week!&nbsp;<br><br>We'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, follow us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>&nbsp;(tweet us using #spawnedshow) and catch us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;
Sep 08, 2016
Ep 49: The worst TV shows for kids, with writer and humorist Wendi Aarons
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On this week's episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we're chatting with humorist and writer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wendiaarons.com">Wendi Aarons</a>&nbsp;about one of the most popular posts she wrote on Cool Mom Picks:&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2016/07/05/worst-kid-tv-shows-made-life-living-hell/">The 9 worst television shows for kids</a>.<br><br>Wow, did people have a lot to say about this post. Is Wendi a "frigid witch" as one commenter called her for putting Teletubbies at the top? How did Caillou not make this list? All is revealed on this episode, along with our current favorite kids' shows,&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;all our cool picks of the week that you won't want to miss.<br><br>We love hearing from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, and follow us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>&nbsp;#SpawnedShow. Don't forget to subscribe, download our podcasts, and leave us a review!&nbsp;<br><br>
Sep 02, 2016
Ep 48: Hey, sexist Olympic journalists, we are watching you!
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On this week's episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we're talking about the sexist Rio Olympics coverage -- and beyond -- and how it disturbs us as parents. Also, how the heck do we talk to our kids about it? Plus, our cool picks of the week, which include a very cool back to school essential and a fantastic book you won't want to miss.&nbsp;<br><br>We love hearing from you! Feel free to drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a>&nbsp;with #spawnedshow or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">check us out on Facebook</a>. And don't forget we share all the links from our show over on CoolMomPicks.com. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
Aug 25, 2016
Ep 47: What the hell is a backpack fairy? The back to school episode
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It's back to school time which is both good and...well, argh. Liz + Kristen trade grievances about getting kids out of the house on time in the morning, offer tips to help make things easier, and share fun back to school shopping finds. Plus Liz finds the world's craziest first day of school traditions on Pinterest (brace yourselves) and we share our cool picks of the week.<br><br>We love hearing from our listeners! Email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us @coolmompicks on Twitter and Facebook using hashtag #spawnedshow.&nbsp;
Aug 19, 2016
Ep 46: The art of tidying twice a year
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We're back from our summer hiatus with all new Spawned episodes. Up first, we tackle the topic of life with mess. How do you deal with your kids' messy rooms? What do you keep clean and what do you let go? Do you have the yearly celebratory dusting schedule like Kristen and Liz? We share our tips, tricks, as well as how we prioritize in our own homes. Plus, as always, we share our cool picks of the week.&nbsp;<br><br>You can find everything we share on our podcast by visiting our special podcast page on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks</a>. We love to hear from you! Send us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a>&nbsp;#spawnedshow, or look us up on Facebook! &nbsp;
Aug 11, 2016
Ep 45: Girls + Clothing: Owning their sexuality or growing up too soon?
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Our recent Cool Mom Picks feature on modest 2-piece bathing suit choices for girls sparked a huge debate on our Facebook page and we couldn't help but chat more about it on Spawned. What's okay for girls to wear? Should there be limits and dress codes? Or are we perpetuating sexist stereotypes when we do? We discuss all of it and more, plus share our Cool Picks of the Week. If you'd like to weigh in, we'd love to hear from you. Visit us on our podcast page on&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com">CoolMomPicks.com</a>, hit us up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>&nbsp;(with the #SpawnedShow) and drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com&nbsp;
Jun 23, 2016
Ep 44: The scandal of summer camp costs with KJ Dell'Antonia
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With summer right around the corner, parents everywhere are trying to figure out schedules and how they're going to manage the cost of summer camp. Who knew that a New York Times article about the high cost of summer camps would blow up our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/CoolMomPicks/posts/10153495619131993">Facebook page</a>? On this episode, we chat with the author of that piece: Writer, contributing editor and columnist at the New York Times' "<a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/category/family/?_r=0">Well Family</a>" KJ Dell'Antonia. We discuss why everyone on our Facebook page got so upset (the comments might really surprise you), plus talk about the other issue about parents not being able to afford summer camp that you might not have thought about. And as always, we share our Cool Picks of the Week. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic and our show! Tweet us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@CoolMomPicks</a>&nbsp;#SpawnedShow, catch us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/coolmompicks">Facebook</a>, and email us: spawned@coolmompicks.com.
Jun 10, 2016
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,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kicking-screaming-by-jenna/id558588270?mt=2">Kicking and Screaming</a>. 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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">coolmompicks.com</a>, or reach us on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">@coolmompicks</a>&nbsp;with #spawnedshow, or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com.&nbsp;
Jun 02, 2016
Ep 42: How to embarrass your kids for life, AKA raising tweens + teens
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We all heard everyone tell us that kids grow up fast and now, here we are, with a couple of tweens and doing our best to navigate the ups and downs of parenting them. On this episode of Spawned, Liz and Kristen tackle the tough topic of parenting older kids, from how to connect with them to how to start early (yes, talking to you parents of younger kids). We've got advice from been-there-done-that moms, book recommendations, and our own personal anecdotes that we hope help. Or at least, make you feel like you're not alone. And of course, our Cool Picks of the Week, one of which you will want to get your weekend started off right! As always, we love hearing from you! Find us on our site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coolmompicks.com">Cool Mom Picks</a>, on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">Twitter</a>&nbsp;(#spawnedshow), or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening and subscribing.&nbsp;
May 26, 2016
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.&nbsp;<br><br>If you want to join in on the conversation (and we hope you do), head over to our&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/blog/category/podcast/">Cool Mom Picks podcast page</a>&nbsp;to get all the links from our show, plus&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/coolmompicks">catch us on Twitter</a>&nbsp;(use #SpawnedShow). And please send us a letter (as Liz calls them): spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
May 20, 2016
Ep 40: Trips from hell: Travel with kids
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Spring break is coming up and if you're terrified of flying with kids, we think you can do it! And hey, if you're a non-parent terrified of flying NEAR kids we can help you too. Take a listen for some funny stories, and quick tips and tricks from seasoned family travelers that will keep everyone happy. Plus, find out just what the deal is with Kristen's obsession with tape. Plus, we've got our cool picks of the week that we think you'll love. Find links mentioned here at&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/">coolmompicks.com</a>, follow us on social media @coolmompicks or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawned@coolmompicks.com">spawned@coolmompicks.com</a>&nbsp;with your own suggestions, comments, and parenting conundrums. Thanks for joining us!
Mar 30, 2016
Ep. 39: How to talk to your kids about politics in an ugly election year
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It's one whirlwind of an election year. So we're taking on the tough topic of how to talk to kids of all ages about politics with some helpful tips. We discuss how to address the violent and hateful rhetoric making the rounds, handling family members who may have different opinions, and how to teach kids to disagree respectfully...or when to just walk away. Plus we've got our cool picks of the week -- which both might help you in an election year too! You can find the all the links we mention today at&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/">coolmompicks.com</a>, and if you have something to add or your own questions, find us on social media @coolmompicks with hashtag #spawnedshow or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawned@coolmompicks.com">spawned@coolmompicks.com</a>. Thanks for listening!<br>
Mar 24, 2016
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.<br>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&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawned@coolmompicks.com">spawned@coolmompicks.com</a>.&nbsp;
Mar 18, 2016
Ep 37: LeVar Burton: Tips for inspiring a love of reading
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Liz and Kristen have a fantastic discussion with the one and only LeVar Burton, host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow (and of course, known to Trekkies everywhere). He offers some amazing tips for raising readers, what parents can do to help, and how his new Reading Rainbow Skybrary School Edition will help even more children bridge the achievement gap. Plus, we've got our cool picks of the week, including two of LeVar's own favorite books for children.&nbsp;
Mar 11, 2016
Ep. 36: The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey
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We're so happy to welcome our special guest Jessica Lahey, author of the NYT best-seller, The Gift of Failure. She's got tons of helpful tips for parents that you'll want to hear. Plus she schools us on just why we need to let our kids fail more (and not bring their lunches to school when they forget them, ahem), how to get kids excited about learning for its own sake, how to identify and encourage your kids' strengths, and why quitting activities isn't the worst thing in the world. We'd love to know if you agree! Find us at @coolmompicks on social media with hashtag #spawned show or email Kristen and Liz at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawnedshow@coolmompicks.com">spawnedshow@coolmompicks.com</a>&nbsp;
Mar 02, 2016
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&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/">coolmompicks.com</a>, and feel free to tweet us with your own questions or comments using #spawned show.&nbsp;
Feb 25, 2016
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.)&nbsp; If you have your own new parent advice to share, or questions or comments for Kristen and Liz, you can email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawned@coolmompicks.com">spawned@coolmompicks.com</a>, 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
Ep. 33: The single married parent
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What's it like to parent when your spouse or partner's job keeps them away a lot? Both Kristen and our special guest co-host Courtney Greisman share their own experiences as a single married parent (and their thoughts on that controversial moniker). And Kristen spills the beans on her 3-day juice cleanse. No potty jokes, promise.&nbsp;<br>Make sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://coolmompicks.com/">coolmompicks.com</a>&nbsp;for all the links you hear on the show, find us on Twitter @coolmompicks, on Facebook, or send us an email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawned@coolmompicks.com">spawned@coolmompicks.com</a>
Feb 12, 2016
Ep 32: The Euphemism Episode
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You might think we earned our explicit this week talking about Valentine's Day, but no, it was actually our lively discussion about Grease Live! and all the sexual innuendos and euphemisms that went right over our heads as kids. And possibly now too. We do also chat about all things Valentine's Day with kids -- the cards, the crafts, the mailboxes?! -- plus all the people who think it should just be an adult holiday.<br>Join the conversation by tweeting us @CoolMomPicks with the hashtag #SpawnedShow, email us&nbsp;<a href="mailto:spawned@coolmompicks.com">spawned@coolmompicks.com</a>, and make sure to visit our site CoolMomPicks.com for all the links we mention on our show. Thanks for listening!&nbsp;
Feb 04, 2016
Ep. 31: The buzz about the big Barbie makeover
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It's true! After only sixty years or so of women complaining about Barbie’s unrealistic figure, Mattel has decided to get with the 21st century zeitgeist and the changing look of the world, releasing Barbies with three new body shapes, along with new skin tones, hair colors, and facial features. And of course, Liz and Kristen had to talk about it: The good, the bad, and the curvy. But first, the crazy winter storm Jonas that brought out the sanctimommies.  Catch all the links from our show over on CoolMomPicks.com, and find us on Twitter @CoolMomPicks #SpawnedShow. Got a question? Want to suggest a show idea? Email us spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Feb 01, 2016
Ep 30: Making friends after kids. And kids after friends.
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This week, we tackle a question from listener Shari who wanted us to talk about making friends after kids. Or as Liz added, "Or kids after friends." We share our own experiences losing and making friends as new parents, plus offer up helpful tips for new parents to meet other new parents. And we couldn't help but talk about the passings of so many rock music greats as of late. What is going on? Are you freaking out about it too? Plus, we've got our own cool picks of week, one just in time for the first big storm of the season if you're on the East Coast like we are.   Catch all the links from our show over on CoolMomPicks.com, and catch us on Twitter @CoolMomPicks #SpawnedShow. Got a question? Want to suggest a show idea? Email us spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Jan 22, 2016
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
Ep 28: Where is Rey?
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You guessed it, listeners! We're talking Star Wars. Do we still need a spoiler alert? Like the rest of the world, we're wondering where the heck all the Rey toys are, and not just for our girls, by the way. Plus, we've got the scoop on one of the hottest (and possibly most bizarre) new tech products from the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's happening in Las Vegas this week. And of course, our cool picks of the week, one of which might help you tackle that Christmas 15 we talked about.<br>Visit coolmompicks.com to get all the links mentioned on our show, also find us on Twitter (@CoolMomPicks) and use #spawnedshow or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Jan 07, 2016
Ep 27: The good, the bad and the broken
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Welcome to our last episode of 2015! Kristen and Liz are closing out the year with a discussion about New Year's Resolutions: Why those three words, when all together, completely suck. We've got some better ways to think about them so you might actually keep them this year -- we're rooting for you! Plus, family why family resolutions can be a very cool idea. We're also laughing about the "Christmas 15" and all the absurd weight loss tips we've seen in magazines lately. Plus, our cool picks of the week, which gets Liz a little emotional this time around. If you have questions, comments, show ideas, catch us on Twitter or Facebook at @coolmompick using hashtag #SpawnedShow or email @spawned@coolmompicks.com. And don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you don't miss an episode in 2016, which will be our best full year of episodes yet, guaranteed. Happy new year everyone!
Dec 30, 2015
Ep 26 Talking about Santa with kids: Magical story or big honkin' lie?
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Today, Kristen and Liz take on the Santa debate: Is it all about childhood magic and the spirit of giving? Is it a great big lie that will destroy the trust with your kids for all of eternity? And what do you say when kids ask the big question? Wow, do people have strong opinions about this and we cover them all. Including what to tell kids when they ask how he gets into a NYC apartment building. (Hint: Liz did not a do a good job with this one.) We're also talking about holiday cards and whether they've jumped the shark, and of course we've got our cool picks of the week, which both happen to make really great last minute gifts. If you have any questions, comments, strong feeling about Santa to share, or last-minute gift conundrums, catch us @coolmompicks on Twitter or Facebook with hashtag #spawnedshow or pop us an email to spawned@coolmompicks.com. We love hearing from you so keep them coming! And don't forget to subscribe to our feed, which would be a nice, free holiday gift for us. Thanks so much for listening!
Dec 18, 2015
Ep 25: The great holiday shopping episode, Part II
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Today Kristen and Liz are determined to help you with all the hard-to-shop-for adults on your holiday lists! From budget ideas and DIY gifts to charitable donations and great big splurges, we've got ideas for your mother-in-law, your partner, even that one person who says "don't get me a gift at all." If you have questions about the show -- including your biggest gift conundrums -- send them our way! We love listener questions. Reach us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on Facebook or Twitter @coolmompicks using the hashtag #SpawnedShow. And don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you don't miss an episode. And if you love the show, we love you back! Even more so if you leave us a kind review on iTunes. Think of it as your holiday gift to us. And, it's free! Thanks so much for listening.
Dec 04, 2015
Ep 24: The great holiday shopping episode, Part I
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Today Kristen and Liz are talking holiday shopping, the hell that is Black Friday (unless you shop from home in PJs like we do), the apps that save you money, and some of our very favorite gift ideas for kids of all ages. Basically, it's like an entire cool picks of the week episode. Fun! We're so glad you joined us today! Remember to subscribe to our feed so you never miss any episode. And if you have comments, questions, or a holiday gift conundrum, email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or catch us on Twitter or Facebook @CoolMomPicks using hashtag #SpawnedShow. We love answering gift questions -- even the hard ones.   This episode is sponsored by Little Passports. SPAWNED listeners can save 40% on their first month today with promo code SPAWNED. Learn more at www.littlepassports.com/SPAWNED.
Nov 29, 2015
Ep 23: Retouched by an angel
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Okay so yeah. The Starbucks red cup controversy. We just couldn't help but weigh in on whether we approve of Satan's own minimalist design. Then Kristen and Liz talk about raising kids in a world that's so obsessed with beauty and image. How do we talk to them about makeup, retouching school photos, Instagram trickery, self-esteem and other tough questions? Plus, we've got two very cool, and very different, cool picks of the week Thanks so much for listening to Spawned! Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. You can find all the links we reference today on coolmompicks.com, and if you have any questions, comments, or your own tips about talking to kids about beauty, you can email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us @coolmompicks on Twitter with the hashtag #SpawnedShow. We're glad you joined us!
Nov 18, 2015
Ep 22: It's Spawned Listener Day!
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We've had so many emails from our awesome listeners on topics from helicopter parenting to our musical tastes (and lots in between!), we thought we'd take them on one by one in our first ever very special Spawned Listener Day episode. Whoo! Plus, we've got a special surprise with this week's Cool Picks of the week. And if you've got a question for us, email us spawned@coolmompicks.com and maybe we'll answer it on the show. You can find us on Twitter @coolmompicks.com with the hashtag #SpawnedShow, on Facebook, and on our site CoolMomPicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Nov 11, 2015
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
Ep 20 Thank you for the lovely brass knuckles
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Kristen and Liz talk thank you note etiquette because wow, our Facebook fans have strong feelings about this one! Are we all doing it wrong? Will a text message thank you or an email blacklist you from parties forever? And what's with those weird thank you notes for baby gifts "from the baby?" We're also confessing all our Halloween candy sins that we hope our kids never discover. And as always, we've got our cool picks of the week, including one of the funniest yet. Especially if you like seventh grade humor. Which we absolutely do. We sure to subscribe to Spawned so you don't miss an episode! And if you've got a comment, a question, or you're just feeling a little lonely today and want to say hi, we'd love to hear from you: Tweet Kristen + Liz @coolmompicks using hashtag #spawnedshow, find us on Facebook, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. We'll even write you back. Pinky swear.
Oct 21, 2015
Ep 19: Death To Reply:All!
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After one of you awesome iTunes subscribers mentioned you'd have Liz and Kristen at your famous person dinner (aw!), Liz and Kristen discuss who would be at their own famous person dinner... well, beyond Kristen's request for a table of hot guys. Then we tackle getting your kids started on email. Wow, so many things you might not have thought about that we bet you'll appreciate hearing, whether your kids are email-age or not. And hey, if you've got a question for Liz and Kristen, a funny story, or you just want to say hello, we love getting your emails (or letters, as Liz still likes to call them). Send them to spawned@coolmompicks.com. Catch us on Twitter at @coolmompicks, and use the hashtag #SpawnedShow. Also be sure to visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to everything we discussed today -- and subscribe to our feed so you never miss an episode. Thanks for listening!
Oct 15, 2015
Ep 18 Kids and all that f*$king cursing
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So let's talk about kids and cursing. Kristen has some interesting rules at home that really surprised Liz! Actually, we talk about parents and cursing too -- what do you say around your kids? What do they say around you? What do they say when they think you're not listening, and how do we talk about it with them? Is a more lax media to blame? What's the surprise benefit of cursing that we recently learned from research? Plus, we talk about me-time and how moms definitely need more of it. Especially compared with Denmark. (Anyone want to move to Copenhagen with us?) And of course, we've got each our cool picks of the week. (psst...you might want to listen to the very end.) You can find all the links we mentioned in today's show on coolmompicks.com And if you've got questions, comments, hilarious knock-knock jokes, we'd love to hear from you! Email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us using #SpawnedShow @coolmompicks, or find us on Facebook. And don't forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes so you don't miss an episode. Thanks for listening!
Oct 07, 2015
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
Ep 16: Fighting your kids' battles
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Has intervening in your children's issues become the new parenting pastime? Kristen and Liz discuss when to step in, when not to, and why it's important for kids to fail. But first, we're laughing about our own family members who might possibly be bringing their own condiments to restaurants. (Sometimes it's like we're living in a Seinfeld episode!) Have you ever brought your own coffee or, you know...an entire kids' meal? Is there any time it's okay? Plus, we're sharing our cool picks of the week. If you have a question or comment for Liz and Kristen, we love getting your emails! Just write to spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can also tweet us at @coolmompicks using #SpawnedShow, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and your favorite social medium of choice. And of course, you can check out coolmompicks.com where you'll find links to all the articles and topics we referenced today. Don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you don't miss an episode, and thanks for listening!
Sep 23, 2015
Ep 15: Why can't kids walk to school alone?
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Today Kristen and Liz weigh in on Kim Cattrall's recent statement that you don't have to have children to be a mother. Which....uh. Well, we have a few thoughts about that. Then, we take on "the last parenting taboo": Admitting you let your kids walk to school alone. Are kids really unsafe these days? Or is it really the parents who are unsafe from all the people out there calling 911 for no reason? We also share the world's most hilarious WARNING sign from a children's playground. And as always, we've got our cool picks of the week.  If you have a question for Liz and Kristen, a funny story, or you just want to say hi, we love getting your emails! Send them to spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can also find us on Twitter and other social media @coolmompicks, and use the hashtag #SpawnedShow. Also be sure to visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and references to everything you've heard hear today -- and subscribe to our feed so you never miss an episode. Thanks so much for joining us!
Sep 17, 2015
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
Ep 13: Competitive Crochet
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Today Kristen and Liz are laughing -- hard --  about the most embarrassing Google searches by state, and we share some of the (seriously, seriously weird) queries that have lead people to our own sites. Then we're talking after-school activities, clubs and teams: Are our kids overscheduled? Underscheduled? When do you let kids quit and when do you push? And who the heck are the saintly parents out there letting their kids play drums, so we can give you a medal? Plus, as always, we've got each of our cool picks of the week.   If you've got questions, comments, a topic idea or a funny story, we like hearing all of it! You can email Kristen and Liz at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and Instagram @coolmompicks using the hashtag #SpawnedShow. All of the show notes and links for the topics you heard us discussing in this episode can be found at coolmompicks.com  Thanks for joining us!
Sep 02, 2015
EP 12: Should every kid get a trophy?
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This week, we answer a listener's question about how not to screw up your kids. We may or may not have given her the advice she was hoping for but hey, it's the truth! We also talk about NFL player James Harrison's controversial move to make his son give back a participation trophy he didn't think was "earned." Should he have done it? Should there even be participation trophies? And guess which trophy Liz really wants for her mantle? Plus be sure to stick around for our cool picks of the week. If you have a question for Kristen and Liz, or just want to say hi (and we can say hi back!), 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. Thanks for joining us!  This episode of Spawned is brought to you 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. That’s Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo, on sale now from Amulet Books.
Aug 26, 2015
Ep 11: First they come for our guns, now our tutus!
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Today we get feisty about the people protesting target’s removal of BOYS TOY signs from the store. Because without that sign, how would boys even know what to play with? But first, we try to figure out why there are so many of these weird holidays popping up. National Middle Child Day! More Herbs, Less Salt Day! How is this happening? And as always, we share our cool picks of the week, one of which is for a very worthy cause.    If you have a question for Kristen and Liz, or just want to say hi (and we can say hi back!), 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. Thanks for joining us!
Aug 19, 2015
Ep 10 ESCAPE FROM CAILLOU
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If you need a break from all things children, lie back and get comfortable with this very special R-rated episode of Spawned. Today we discuss the Lenny Kravitz wardrobe malfunction, Kristen's Netflix (and Lenny Kravitz gif) addiction, and Liz plays the Binge Watching Matchmaker, to help fix Kristen up with the perfect series to binge watch after the kids are in bed. Also stick around for the funniest cool picks of the week yet. Well, Liz thinks so; Kristen is still a little embarrassed.   If you have a question for Kristen and Liz, or just want to say hi (and we can say hi back!), 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. Thanks for joining us!
Aug 12, 2015
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! We are sponsored by Audible. Get a free audiobook and 30-day trial today by signing up at www.audible.com/patterson.
Aug 05, 2015
Ep 08 “You let us watch death, Mom.”
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You picked a fun day to join us! Today on SPAWNED, we’re talking about kids and media — when do you let your kids watch certain movies? Are you more concerned about sex or violence? Which classic kids' musical actually terrified us more than the Hunger Games? And who else thinks the Dark Crystal was totally creepy?    Also, Kristen regales us with online dating stories, and her list of Instant No’s. Some of which Liz definitely disagrees with. (Although we both agree that misuse of apostrophes is unforgivable, and Liz even had to Twitter-breakup with her celebrity crush over his grammar.) Finally, we’ve got each of our cool picks of the week.    Do you have a question for Kristen and Liz? A topic idea? A traumatizing movie moment to share? Tell us! Find us on Twitter @coolmompicks with hashtag #SpawnedShow, on Facebook.com/coolmompicks, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to all the topics you heard about here today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss an episode of SPAWNED.
Jul 29, 2015
Ep 07: Kale, no.
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Thanks for joining us! In this episode, Liz shares sordid tales from her high school reunion, and some of the surprising benefits of turning 40. Then we take on the delicate topic of picky eaters, and break down 10 top tips that we've found from experts. (Some of which are like...what? We're not supposed to do that with our kids? Oops.) We debate whether we supposed to hide healthy foods in other foods, and whether serving your kid "Jedi Broccoli" lying or just necessary parental spin. Plus, we share each of our cool picks of the week that we think you'll love too. Do you have a question for Kristen and Liz? A topic idea? A funny story? What is the weirdest thing your kids won't eat? Tell us!  You can find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks with hashtag #SpawnedShow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/coolmompicks, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to all topics you heard about here today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss an episode because you totally know that the one you miss will be the VERY BEST ONE.    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   Panoply’s conducting a survey. Click here to fill it out: Panoply.fm/survey By filling it out you'll help Panoply make great podcasts about the thing you love, and things you didn't even know you loved. Panoply.fm/survey
Jul 22, 2015
Ep 06 PANTIES. AGAIN.
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In a previous episode, Kristen mentioned putting on your grownup panties (metaphorically) as a parent, and now a reader wants to know about our recos for actual grownup panties. We may reveal too much here. Literally. Apologies. Also, are we the only ones who hate the word panties? And why do we keep talking about them? WE DON'T KNOW EITHER.   Then we talk about three-year-olds in nail salons and other signs that kids may be growing up too soon. Who are these grade schoolers getting cartilage piercings? Why is Dora the Explorer perfume a thing? Finally we've got our cool picks of the week, in which Kristen confesses  her crush on Rob Delaney. Can you blame her?   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   Panoply’s conducting a survey. Click here to fill it out: Panoply.fm/survey By filling it out you'll help Panoply make great podcasts about the thing you love, and things you didn't even know you loved. Panoply.fm/survey
Jul 15, 2015
Ep. 05 Girls Toys vs. Boys Toys
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Once again we get an explicit language warning, probably because we make a tampon joke. (Or four.) Today we're talking about summer birthdays, and how to get away with a total Type B Mom, non-Pinterest-y birthday. Then we're onto one of our biggest hot-button topics: Girl toys and boy toys. What's with the labels? Do "girl toys" require ovaries to make them work? Are maxi-pads involved? Why is Liz defending LEGO Friends? And does Kristen really carry around an inflatable soapbox? All will be revealed! Plus, we've got our cool picks of the week.   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   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 all 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!
Jul 08, 2015
Ep. 04 Grownup Panties
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Today we're talking about email etiquette and some of our own pet peeves. NOTE: Please don't send us angry emails, Comic Sans fans. Or can you at least send them in Helvetica? We're also answering our first listener question from dad James, who's having some serious playdate problems. We've been there, so we discuss some helpful tips and funny anecdotes that we hope will help other parents too. Although when Kristen suggests we all need to put on our grownup panties from time to time, we need to clarify that we are not implying in any way that James currently wears or should, in the future, wear panties. But if he did we'd be cool with that. Just so you know. And as always, we're sharing each of our favorite cool picks of the week: One for the kids, one definitely not for the kids.    If you have a question for Kristen and Liz, a pick to suggest, 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!   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
Jul 01, 2015
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
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
Ep. 01: The Dawn of Spawned
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Kristen and Liz welcome you to the premier episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. (What are the chances that we are hosting a show with our own names in it? That worked out so well!) In this episode we talk about how we came up with the name Spawned, and why we decided not to go with The Cereal Podcast. We also discuss tips for managing your kids’ screen time—and maybe your own — and our idea for a 5 Judgy Things List that every parent is allowed to have. Plus we share each of our favorite Cool Picks of the Week that we hope you like too. And there may be a reference to the Grease lyrics that went over our heads when we were kids, if you listen closely.   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 whose food you do not have to cut on a regular basis? You can find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks, 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 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!
Jun 10, 2015
Promo for Spawned with Kristen and Liz
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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com. 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 for parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and humor, if we've had enough coffee.   "Spawned is the best podcast ever! I love Kristen and Liz. I even schedule my shoot days around the new episodes." - What Jennifer Garner might say if she ever listened to it.
Jun 05, 2015