Author: Kristen Chase

Tips for tackling the most common New Year’s resolutions | Spawned Episode 63

If you’re like us and you love to make New Year’s resolutions but can never seem to actually keep them, well, this is the Spawned podcast for you. On this episode, we’re taking a closer look at the most common New Year’s resolutions, and sharing our own advice, plus tips and tricks from the experts, on how to actually tackle them. Whether you want to finally drop that baby weight or want to get a grip on your finances, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Plus, don’t miss Kristen’s big news! What a wonderful way to start off...

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Berries Everywhere: Would you ever let your kids do this to your kitchen?

This post was created for our partnership with Very Berry Cheerios My kids love berries. In fact, their aunt nicknamed them “my little fruit bats” because they love berries in their lunches, on their desserts, and yes, with their breakfast. So of course we were all thrilled to have the opportunity to help introduce our sponsor Very Berry Cheerios to you. Because, berries! Let’s just say that the one you can get in your supermarket is a waaaay better option than letting your kids attempt to make their own formulation, like my two daughters did when I let them go to town in my kitchen. (And yes,...

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10 fabulous holiday gifts under $25 for the whole family

Whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping or just getting started (hey, no judgment here!) we always love finding cool gifts that are easy to get a hold of and won’t break the budget. Even better when they’re all at the same shop, so you can just zip around one store, or click around a single website and check off everyone on your list. This holiday season, we’re so happy to welcome back our sponsor JCPenney, especially because they’ve got everyone in your family covered with tons of fantastic brands and big sales on so many fabulous gifts, from chic fashion finds to toys for the kids to...

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Bitsbox: The fantastic STEM gift idea that taught my 4 kids to code their own apps.

It’s no secret that parents love finding tech gifts for kids that we can justify as being both fun and educational, but the true test isn’t whether we think they’re cool — but rather, whether our own kids play with them. Over and over again. That’s why we we’re so thrilled to have partnered with our newest sponsor Bitsbox. (And you dedicated Spawned podcast listeners already know just how thrilled!) This clever subscription box gift masterfully and clearly teaches kids how to code their own apps that actually work on smartphones and tablets. Like my 9-year-old son’s Burping Obama app. (Not coming to an app store near you,...

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10 simple ways to find more time in a busy day. No magic required.

We would probably all love an extra hour in the day. Or two. Or six. Especially with the busy holiday season upon us right now. But since we’re not magicians and we don’t own a time machine (yet), the only way we’ll be able to find extra time is if we take a good look at how we’re spending the 24 hours we already have. And no, losing more sleep is not a reasonable option. That’s why I’m so pleased to present our newest sponsor Allstate and their new, free QuickTrip app, which is designed to maximize your time by organizing your to-do...

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9 terrific baby gift ideas to help baby (and mom) get more sleep | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

If there’s one thing we know that every new mom needs, it’s sleep. Lots of it. Lots and lots of it. So what better baby shower gift to consider than one aimed at getting her just what she needs? We are so excited to put together tons of recommendations in this next installment of our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru. It’s a free online baby registry that actually gives you custom product recommendations based on your taste and lifestyle, though when it comes to sleep, that’s something every single parent wants and needs. You’ll find all 9 of these smart gift...

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6 Sephora Collection products you need in your makeup bag, stat

If you’re anything like me, you could spend hours shopping for makeup. But, if you’re like me, you don’t even have those hours to shop for makeup. (I wish!) That’s why I was so thrilled to team up with our newest sponsor, JCPenney, to visit their in-store JCPenney Sephora store, and check out the latest Sephora Collection products — turns out, it’s so easy for a busy mom like me to run right in, grab what I need, and run right out again. Even though they’re celebrating 10 years together, I think this might just be the best-kept beauty shopping secret out there. Plus, the...

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Newly gives old materials new life in the most beautiful way

It used to be that clothes and gifts made from recycled materials compromised on style. But these days, companies are finding creative ways to make fabulous products using resources we already have, making a huge, positive impact on the planet we live on and the one we’re going to leave our children. That’s why we’re so thrilled to get the exclusive first look at Newly, a new company offering some of the most gorgeous home goods we’ve ever seen, all made from 100% recycled materials using sustainable, energy-efficient methods. The five founders, including Barrett Ward, the creator of Cool Mom Picks favorite FashionABLE, established Newly...

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Everyday Bravery Pins by Emily McDowell: Because sometimes just getting out of bed deserves a medal

There’s a reason why we love artist Emily McDowell so much. She has this way of taking exactly what we’re thinking and turning it into sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching quotes that turn into wonderful gifts and greeting cards. And her new Everyday Bravery Pins that just launched today are no exception. In fact, I got a little teary (in a good way) reading through each of them.   Related: Make your mornings a whole lot brighter with these 5 funny mugs These enamel pins capture the little and big moments we overcome every single day that rarely, if ever, get recognized. From...

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Barre Workouts: What’s the difference between Pure Barre and Barre3?

I spent a few solid months tightening up my buns thanks to Barre3 barre workouts a couple of years ago, so when I decided to hit the workout circuit again after a very long summer hiatus, I gave Pure Barre a try instead (thanks to a very tempting new client special). After almost a month taking regular Pure Barre classes, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what makes these two barre workouts different. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, or if barre classes in general should be on your fitness radar, I’ve got the inside scoop. Pure Barre vs. Barre3:...

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Sleep anxiety in kids: 5 solutions for big kid sleep issues that really work

I still remember celebrating when I was finally out of the baby and toddler no-sleep days, only to discover that I had a big kid with sleep anxiety. Once I realized the incentive of Star Wars Legos wasn’t keeping him in his bed through the night, I knew it was a bigger problem than a normal behavioral issue. My son, now 9, has quite an overactive brain, which makes it terribly hard for him to fall asleep. And then, if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he can’t fall back asleep unless he’s with me. In my bed. Over...

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National Voter Registration Day: Helpful resources to get you to the polls this November

The election is just over a month away, and what better time to check your voter registration status than on National Voter Registration Day? If you can’t make any of their hundreds of events across the country today, you can easily hop online to get the voter registration help you need. Here, a few online resources that can do it all for you in a matter of minutes. If you simply search the word “vote” on Google.com, you will get a nifty pop-up box that will give you voter registration deadlines, info on how to go about registering, and tips to walk...

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All the favorite people in your life, written in stars.

We’ve always been fond of mom jewelry that doesn’t look like mom jewelry, and hooray for us, there have been no shortage of beautiful options over the years. From braille jewelry to roman numeral necklaces, we’ve seen it all. And now, this custom family zodiacs necklace from Lulu Frost. Related: Cool personalized jewelry for every taste and style I’ve been a longtime fan of Lulu Frost, in fact, the necklace I own garners me compliments every single time I leave the house in it, and my guess is that anyone wearing this necklace will get the same. It features up to...

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I see London, I see France, I see your new favorite underpants.

We haven’t been shy about talking about our underwear here on Cool Mom Picks, which means you might already know that we’re big Hanky Panky fans. And so, I just had to share my new favorite style that I recently discovered on a shopping trip. Related: Spanx faux leather leggings are our newest fashion obsession As much as I love the low rise Hanky Panky thongs, with all the higher-waisted pants and skirt styles that I’m wearing now, they tend to slide down and I find myself pulling them up during the day. But, since I discovered their new retro lace thong,...

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Honest election diapers for bipartisan babies

Now your baby’s bottom can get political this election season with these limited edition Honest election diapers that are eco-friendly and bipartisan-friendly, too. (Great for split households.) Related: Get political with these new TOMS shoes We’ve been longtime fans of Honest diapers and not just because we have a girl crush on Jessica Alba (who doesn’t, seriously?). Not only are they freaking cute, they’re made from sustainable, plant-based materials, without chlorine processing or additives, but still keep babies dry. Not included, however, is the Sharpie. To make them your own DIY partisan diapers, of course. Heh. You can order the Honest election diapers...

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Primal Pit Paste review: A natural deodorant that really works. Really. Stop making that face.

If we’re going to talk about natural deodorant, there’s no way it’s not going to get a little TMI up in here, which I’m okay with if you’re okay with. Because if you’re like me, you’ve had to use the strongest deodorant formulas, you know, the ones in the box that are one step down from prescription level, and you don’t feel so great about slathering it under your arms every morning and then scrubbing like crazy to get it off. That’s where Primal Pit Paste natural deodorant comes into the story and saves the day. Our beauty expert Kristyn Rudnet actually...

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6 driving distractions people without kids will never understand

Whether you’re hitting the road for Labor Day weekend, or you’re back in the saddle as your kids’ own personal Uber driver, we parents know that driving with kids in the car comes with its own special challenges. Let’s just say it can be… tough.* So I had so much fun putting together this video depicting 6 driving distractions that people without kids will never understand on behalf of our sponsor  ZEISS Better Vision. They make the DriveSafe eyeglass lenses that actually help you see more clearly — especially when you’re driving — so you can be sure to focus on all the other distractions. Like those...

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Toothbrushes delivered right to you door. This is our kind of tooth fairy.

When I got an email about Boka oral care subscription boxes, I got pretty excited because I am a little obsessed with toothbrushes. Yes, I’m the one who disinfects them after illnesses, tosses them pretty consistently every 3–4 months, and never ever goes to bed without flossing. That’s what you get when you work for a dentist all throughout high school and college. So when I heard I could get a box with a new toothbrush, paste, and floss delivered to my door every three months, I was elated, and when the Boka Box arrived at my door, it did not disappoint. Related:...

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The new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana review: A family vacation spot where everyone has fun. Yes, even the parents!

As a first-time to Punta Cana vacation-goer, and with a gaggle of Nickelodeon fans, I was thrilled to be invited to visit the brand new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana on its grand opening week. This new property from Karisma, whose Mexican resorts I’ve visited and loved, is aimed at providing parents with a truly adult vacation, while still giving their kids lots of fun things to do too. If that sounds magical and exactly what you’ve always wanted, then you’ll want to read on about my experience. Don’t miss the special offer below Related: Our review of the Azul...

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Breastfeeding at work: 7 tips to help nursing moms make the transition

When I returned to work while breastfeeding my first daughter, I found myself sorely unprepared for everything it entailed. I can’t even begin to convey the frustration I experienced — though I’m sure a lot of you know just what I’d been through. Add that to sleep deprivation and it was a very difficult time for me. Cue crying behind my closed office door. Looking back, I realize there’s more I could have done prior to going back to work, to make the transition a whole lot easier. (Ah, hindsight, right?) Plus, now that there are so many more workplaces doing more for working...

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