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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

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

8/19/2019
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This week, we're sharing a thoughtful, revealing and intimate chat between Liz and author/single mom advocate Rachel Sklar about the term "single mom" -- who gets to use it, why it's a loaded phrase, why there's a single mom heirarchy, and how race, age, and income are a factor in how single or solo parenting is perceived. Liz reveals some personal details she hasn't shared on the show before, and Rachel helps all of us rethink the complex and nuanced world of single parenthood. // We are...

Duration:00:42:50

Surviving and thriving as a new working mom | Ep 167

8/12/2019
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Working motherhood has evolved since our kids were babies. How has it changed? How has it stayed the same? What can women do to make the transition back to work easier? We chat about all these questions and more with Amy Nelson, CEO of The Riveter and mom of 4 (including a newborn, who makes a cameo on our show). She shares her advice about asking for help, setting boundaries, and making time for yourself. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week. Our sponsors...

Duration:00:37:22

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

8/5/2019
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After Kristen spotted the pile-on that was Jessica Simpson's choice to let her oldest daughter dye her hair, we decided it was high time we chatted about sanctimommies. On this episode, we talk about how to deal with them, and how to quell your own inner beat. Hint: We all have one inside of us. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week. This week, we're thrilled to welcome back our sponsor Don't Wait Up, the new hilarious book by Liz Astrof, now available wherever you get books....

Duration:00:53:38

Celebrating birthdays with older kids | Ep 165

7/30/2019
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This week we're talking about birthdays with older kids -- the preschool party-every-weekend madness is over, but new challenges begin! Like, "Can I get tickets to Hamilton, Mom?" (Answer: probably not.) Join us as we laugh and share some helpful tips for parents of tweens and teens, about gifts, parties, birthday traditions, saving money, social media birthday FOMO, and Liz's nightmare lemon poundcake story. Shownotes: Cool Mom Picks podcast page. // Graciously brought to you by the...

Duration:00:47:34

Stop fighting with your kids! | Ep 164

7/23/2019
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Could you use a little more calm around the house? This episode of the Spawned Parenting Podcast, we're going to help you reduce conflict in your family (also known as screaming and yelling) thanks to tips from parenting mentor and author Sue Groner. We think you'll find a few surprises here, We sure did. And if you can make them work? Well then we'll be coming to your home for playdates. // This episode generously brought to you by TeenCounseling.com - Spawned listeners save 10% at...

Duration:00:44:21

These expert tips could help you save money on your next vacation | Ep 163

7/15/2019
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Planning your summer travel or looking ahead to your holiday vacation? We've got expert tips and tricks from Shellie Bailey-Shah, CEO of Kidtripster. Let's just say we had never heard most of the insights she shared with us. And they've already saved us money. This week's sponsor is Never Thought I'd Say This, a new hilarious parenting podcast from Jodie Sweetin and her BFF Celia Behar, a life coach. Each week they share the funny things their kids have said, chat with celebrities about...

Duration:00:36:13

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

7/12/2019
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If you're like us, then you're often confused by all the different research, reports, and news when it comes to feeding kids. More protein! Less protein! You get the idea. Well, our guest Nicole Turner Ravana, a nutritionist who's working with our sponsor Ready Pac Foods, has lots of great advice and insight into knowing who to trust, plus lots of great, practical tips too. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week. This week's sponsor is Ready Pac Foods Bistro...

Duration:00:31:16

Wait, moms are funny? A delightful conversation with Ophira Eisenberg | Episode 161

7/1/2019
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We've always said that if we weren't laughing about motherhood, we'd be crying. Hey, parenting is hard! And from what we learned from our chat with comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, we're not alone. So, ever wonder what it's like being on stage at 8 1/2 months pregnant? We can already think of all the pee-yourself jokes we'd make. Ha. We think you'll enjoy our conversation with Ophira as much as we did. And, as always, we share our cool picks of the week. You can find more about...

Duration:00:33:02

Evangeline Lilly is the coolest! | Ep 160

6/24/2019
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Today we're joined by Evangeline Lilly! And she is not just an Orc-defeating Tolkien elf and quantum realm-traveling Marvel superhero. She is also a super cool parent, and author of the fabulous new young series, the Squickerwonkers. Join us as we talk parenting, privacy, work-life balance, Scottish accents (hers is better than ours), our favorite children's authors, and what it means when your own kid thinks you're a (real) supeherro. This is such a fun episode, we could have talked all...

Duration:00:45:18

Finding the Funny in Tough Times with Jill Twiss | Ep 159

6/19/2019
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On this week's Spawned Parenting Podcast, we're talking with Emmy-winning staff writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Jill Twiss, about finding humor when times are tough, and how humor can be a great tool for imparting important messages -- especially to kids. And that's what she did with her best-selling picture book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and in her brand new book for kids, The Someone New. It's all about choosing kindness over fear when meeting people (or...snails)...

Duration:00:37:53

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

6/17/2019
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Parents love a tidy home, but that's a difficult task when kids are involved. On this episode of Spawned, we chat with organization expert Nikki Boyd, author of Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home, who is partnering with our sponsor Tide. She shares tips and tricks to help us think about safety as we tidy up. And, as usual, we share our cool picks of the week. Want to win a free consultation with Nikki? Head to our Instagram page, share a completed Tidy Home |...

Duration:00:24:40

Working mom guilt: It's not you, it's the system. With Katherine Goldstein | Ep 157

6/10/2019
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This week's guest on the Spawned parenting podcast is Katherine Goldstein, award-winning journalist and host of the brilliant new podcast, The Double Shift. Ever since her viral New York Times article about anti-mom bias at work went viral, she's been investigating, writing about, and advocating for changes to make the workplace more mom-friendly. Because when parents get the support and resources we need -- at work and at home -- everyone wins. Whether you work out of home or not, this is a...

Duration:00:36:01

Why you might need to break up with your phone, with Catherine Price | Ep 156

6/3/2019
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Is your phone glued to your hand? Do you need a break? Our guest Catherine Price, author of How To Break Up With Your Phone, shares the science behind smartphone addiction, and offers practical tips, tricks, and advice on how to untether yourself, and gain back control. She'll also talk about her 30-day plan that can help you curb your phone obsession. And whoa, she shares four picks in an unprecedented cool picks of the week segment. Our sponsor this week is The Floor is Lava, a new book...

Duration:00:51:23

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

5/27/2019
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Parenting isn't something that's happening to us. It's something that's happening for us. Our guest Casey O'Roarty taps into her 20 year experience as a parenting coach (as well as author and podcaster) to share how to enjoy, not endure, your kids. No matter how old your kids are, we think you'll be inspired by this conversation as we were. We're happy to welcome Coding with Kids and Picture Play as sponsors of today's episode. Be sure to take advantage of the earlybird special pricing for...

Duration:00:49:16

How to survive the last month of school | Ep 154

5/20/2019
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The end of the school year can get a little crazy, so on this episode, we're sharing our tips and tricks to help you stay a little more sane. All the papers, the projects, the theme days... you get the idea. We've got you covered with advice you might not have heard before. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week. Our sponsor this week is Corolle, who's a wonderful doll company we've loved for many years. They're French-designed dolls are beloved with parents...

Duration:00:40:05

Maternal mental health: What we can do to spread the word about this important issue | Ep 153

5/13/2019
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Did you know one of seven women are affected by maternal mental health? Those numbers are pretty staggering, which is why Jen Schwartz of Motherhood Understood is so dedicated to give new and seasoned moms support through her online community. On this episode she (along with Kristen), shares her struggle with postpartum depression, and talks about what we can do to help support this amazing cause during Maternal Mental Health Month, and well, every single month of the year. This episode is...

Duration:00:42:04

Traveling with tweens and teens: More fun, fewer eyerolls! | Ep 152

5/6/2019
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We are such big advocates of family travel! Kristen has even traveled -- alone -- with her four kids from time to time. And since parents of little kids get all the attention when it comes to advice, we've got some great tips just for you parent of tweens and teens, whether you're halfway across the globe, or enjoying a staycation weekend in your own city. We'll help you save money, offer tips to get kids more personally invested in the planning and the trip, and help you stave off 95% of...

Duration:00:38:59

Spring cleaning help: How to deal with digital clutter | Ep 151

4/29/2019
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Spring is here, which we know means spring cleaning for lots of people. But don't forget about all that digital clutter. You know, photos on your phone, files on your computer... you get the idea. We chat with digital clutter expert Josh Zerkel, whose got smart tips and tricks to help you get your technology organized without the overwhelm. This week's sponsor is Ritual, the obsessively-researched vitamins for women that get delivered right to your door! Spawned listeners: visit...

Duration:00:39:28

How moms are changing the world + reshaping our country | Ep 150

4/23/2019
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If you want to leave this country a better place than we found it, we think you'll love this inspiring, encouraging, wildly smart conversation with Sara Berliner, founder of Vote Like a Mother. You don't even have to be a political junkie, or activist...or even a mother to relate. || Thanks so much for listening to Spawned! Please subscribe and leave us a nice review which is an easy, free way to support us || You'll find show notes with links about the topics you heard here on the Cool Mom...

Duration:00:41:05

Picky Eater Advice from a Reformed Picky Eater | Ep 149

4/15/2019
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If you struggle with picky eaters at mealtime (Liz is raising her hand), we think you'll be fascinated -- and encouraged! -- by the advice from our guest Jacky Lamenzo. She's a reformed picky eater turned health coach, who specifically works with families to make mealtime more positive for everyone. Her kid-centered approach is really different than anything we've heard. || Find show notes on the Cool Mom Picks Podcast Page, and be sure to join our AWESOME (we're not biased, really)...

Duration:00:34:55