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Sexy Halloween costumes that make you say, just..no. | Spawned 55: The Halloween episode

This week on Spawned, we are laughing so hard (truly, like, mascara-running laughing) discussing the craziest sexy costumes we’ve seen. Plus, more Halloween fun. Click right here to hear Kristen ranking these best of the worst ideas for “sexy” Halloween costumes from 1-10. (Seriously, who came up with a sexy Freddy Krueger?)  Or, catch to Spawned with Kristen + Liz on iTunes through your podcast app and even binge on past episodes you might have missed. Thanks for listening!     The best of the worst “sexy” Halloween costumes Sexy Pac-Man Costume Sexy Crayola Crayon Costume  Sexy Big Bird Costume Sexy Chinese Take-Out Container Costume Sexy Freddy Krueger Costume Sexy Cowardly Lion Costume Sexy...

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Web coolness: The Maya Angelou doc, an entire city of women, the ultimate in cosmetic geekery + more

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. And….it’s been a tough week. So nothing heavy. Just optimism and fun. We hope you like them too. Tonight, the premier of the Maya Angelou documentary, Still I Rise.  Here’s where to find tickets. 15 terrific strong girl costume ideas for Halloween. (Add Maya Angelou to the mix, while you’re at it.) Absolutely love this story: A barber who charges less when kids read aloud to him. Bravo, Alex Fuller! Whoa — our kids never had a science fair project like what this 12-year-old girl created. Why...

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A book to remind you why books make the best kids’ gifts. | Sponsored message

This is a sponsored message from Candlewick Press The much-anticipated finale of Caldecott Honoree Aaron Becker’s wordless adventure trilogy is here, and kids and parents everywhere are rejoicing. Check out Return, the epic #1 New York Times bestseller and follow-up to the award-winning Journey and Quest. Suspenseful, moving, and stunningly beautiful, Becker’s lonely young heroine once more escapes to a fantastic world of kings, emperors, castles, exotic creatures, and enchanting landscapes — all of which unlock the power of imagination to have your kids reenacting their own fantasy adventures. While Return is thrilling all on its own, if you don’t yet own Becker’s trilogy, all three makes for the perfect holiday...

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Share your own hometown hero and they could win $5000 for charity and a big celebration | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Mrs. Fields It’s always a good time for the heroes in your community to get the recognition they deserve. And here, that recognition also comes with a $5000 donation to their favorite charity and a local hometown hero event, all courtesy of Mrs. Fields. Nominating your own hero in your life is easy! Is it your child’s teacher? A volunteer fireman? A neighbor who’s always looking out for everyone else? Your own grandmother? Whoever it is, share their name at the Share Your Hero website, with a brief explanation of why they deserve this award. One worthy hero will be...

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Web coolness: The new LEGO superhero girls, a goth Halloween manicure, and the coolest waffles ever

Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   The new LEGO DC superhero girls are here! (But more superheroes of color, please!) In more LEGO news, how much do we love this LEGO inspired bike helmet? Why parents humblebrag about our kids: What’s up with that? A Serial style podcast for middle schoolers. What a smart idea. Laughing at this “honest birth announcement.” This 8-year-old is our kind of girl! How to raise kinder kids, according to science. Great read. The cool dad award of the week definitely goes to this one! Can we...

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Is it ever okay to brag about your kids on social media? Spawned Episode 54

If you’ve spent any time on social media, you’ve probably seen parent humblebrags, you know, like the mom wishing her child would eat junk food because “ugh, kale chips are so expensive!” So on today’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we try to figure out why parents humblebrag, and why it bothers us so much. Plus, is it ever okay to brag about your kids on social media, and if so, what’s the right way to do it so you don’t make people nuts. Listen now to our extra lively discussion, along with our cool picks of the week (of...

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11 great baby gift ideas for second babies | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

Who says first-time moms need all the stuff? Even BTDT second-time around moms who have saved a bunch of their favorite items, could still use some new gear and gifts for second babies that make their life much easier. Especially if there’s a good spread between kids because wow, gifts for new moms just get better and better by the minute! So we’re so excited to put together this next installment of our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru, a smart online baby registry — which is truly a life saver for even second-time (or third or fourth-time, ahem) moms. You can find all...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web Coolness: The making of the newest American Girl doll, hilarious pregnancy costume, and last chance to enter our huge sweepstakes

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   The making of Melody Ellison, the newest American Girl doll. Amazing read. Can’t wait to take our kids to the brand new National Museum of African American History & Culture! Until then, check out the website which is pretty great too. What happens when you try to live life as the perfect traditional mom for a week?  Bless these moms for trying! Would you intervene if you saw this happening to a kid in public? A new study suggests racial bias is pervasive...

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5 tips for getting back into the workplace after kids… and finding balance after you do: Tips from Samantha Ettus

As many moms who have done it before (including us!) can attest, re-entering the workforce after taking time off for kids, whether it’s been six months or sixteen years, is no easy feat. You may have taken a break from your career for personal reasons, financial reasons, more flex-time, or just some much-needed extended time off, but either way, we know it can be a huge source of frustration trying to get back in the game and reestablish yourself as a professional, once you’ve been “mommytracked.” (And man, don’t you hate that term?) So we reached out to Cool Mom Picks friend...

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