Category: Podcast

Secrets, lies, and Jello shots: Confessions of a class mom | Spawned 81

We’re back! After a little summer time off (we missed you all!) we’re back with a new Spawned podcast episode, chatting candidly with Laurie Gelman, humor writer, mom of two, former broadcaster, and current author of the hilarious new Class Mom: A Novel. It’s “loosely” (yeah, right) based on her own experiences as a class mom for many years. She’s sharing the pettiness and the perks, the reason she was fired (what?!) and the reason she took the job again. Beyond being a masochist. Take a listen to the latest episode of Spawned here: A few highlights from the show -Buy...

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Raising curious kids: Expert tips from Brains On host Molly Bloom | Spawned ep 80

This week, we are talking about the importance of curious kids — how to raise them, how to keep them that way. And there’s no better person to join us for this chat and answer our questions than Molly Bloom of Brains On, the popular science podcast from Minnesota Public Radio for kids and parents. She’s offering some great tips like how to answer kids’ tough questions, why kids today may be more curious than in years past, and why it’s so important for parents to let our kids know that no, we don’t always have all the answers....

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A BTDT mom’s guide to surviving sleepaway camp (you, not the kids!) | Spawned episode 79

Today on Spawned, guest host Stacie Billis joins Liz for a great chat that should put all you first-time sleepaway camp parents — or future sleepaway camp parents — at ease. Well, mostly. Tune in for tips like when to know your kid is ready for camp, how to decide if camp is right for you, a few sleepaway camp packing tips to help make things easier, what to do if your child has food allergies, care package ideas the whole bunk will love — and even tips for getting kids to write those letters they should be writing...

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Man V Child: Comedian Doug Moe on surviving the baby + toddler years | Spawned ep 78

Does anyone really want to see your kids’ poop photos on Facebook? Should you lie to your kids when they walk in on you uh…wrestling? What does it mean to “walk a mile in another table’s pants?” Actually, we don’t know about that last one. Still, tune into this particularly hilarious episode of Spawned, for the answers to all of your most pressing parenting questions thanks to our guest, UCB guy, comedian, actor (Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock), and dad Doug Moe, author of the brand new Man vs. Child: One Dad’s Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting.  The book has been lauded by...

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Smart tips for tackling digital clutter with Joshua Zerkel of Evernote | Spawned episode 77

If you’re like us, you’ve got a bazillion photos sucking memory on your phone, not to mention all those unnamed documents on your computer. And we won’t even talk about our email inboxes. But that’s all about to change for us, and you, thanks to our special guest on this week’s Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcast. We’re so thrilled to welcome special guest Joshua Zerkel, an organizational expert and Director of Global Community and Training at Evernote (which our readers already love) to share his smart tips and tricks when it comes to digital clutter. You can listen right...

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Getting kids excited about science: A chat with NPR Wow in the World hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas | Spawned ep 76

Well, if Spawned with Kristen and Liz haaaaas to be beaten by someone in the Kids + Family podcast category, we’re happy it’s the new NPR podcast Wow in the World, a weekly science show “for kids and their grownups.” Especially because it’s hosted by two of our favorite people, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, who we’re excited to get to chat with this week! Join us for a lively, informative, and sometimes hilarious chat about how to get your kids excited about science, why science has gone from geeky to cool, how to answer the crazy questions kids always ask, whether or not our...

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Work after baby: Lauren Smith Brody’s tips for surviving with sanity and style | Spawned ep 75

How do you get back to work after having a baby without losing your mind? How in the world can you start looking — and feeling — human again when you feel anything but? How do you carve out me-time when it seems least likely? And the big one: Is it possible to ever get rid of mommy guilt when you’re a working mom? We’ve got answers! This week while Kristen was traveling (sniff) I was so fortunate to sit down for a fun, honest, and incredibly helpful chat on this week’s episode of Spawned with Lauren Smith Brody, former Glamour magazine...

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The worst Mother’s Day gifts ever. Ever! | Spawned with Kristen + Liz ep 74

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll cringe! On this week’s episode of Spawned, we’ve got a totally candid and hilarious discussion about the very worst Mother’s Day gifts ever. Like, these are all pitches that have actually shown up in our inboxes, from the absurd to the banal to the totally ridiculous. (No, we do not want to get our moms “the ultimate bikini wax” for Mother’s Day, even at a discount, but uh, thanks anyway PR person?) On the other hand, a great place to find Mother’s Day gifts: Our 2017 Mother’s Day Gift Guide, of course. We’ve also got great Mother’s...

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Freshen up for spring with our favorite beauty splurges and saves! | Spawned episode 72

Looking to freshen up your face for spring? While laughing out loud? And then find a product to help you conceal those laugh lines? (See what we did there?) Catch the latest episode of Spawned, which is perfect for those of you looking to find some fabulous new beauty products in every price range. Plus, learn just what Liz might have accidentally spent $72 on once time (accidentally!), which product made Kristen look a little uh…earthier than she was intending, and discover the makeup line that totally makes us think of Six Feet Under. Take a listen right here, right now! Also be sure to subscribe...

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Not ready for Blurred Lines: A chat with Laurie Berkner about tweens and music | Spawned ep 73

As your kids get older, it can get a little tougher to find ways to bond and connect with them. One perfect way is through music. But can you handle what they’re listening to? That’s why we were so excited this week to sit down and discuss the issue with Laurie Berkner, the undisputed queen of kids music. Especially because she’s making the leap into music for older kids, with her upcoming Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes, which will feature 12 EMF dance tracks remixing favorite children’s songs over the past 20 years. Listen here now, or find Spawned with Kristen +...

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Kids and social media: Smart tips and helpful advice from BTDT parents | Spawned episode 71

As the editors of Cool Mom Tech, we’re often asked by parents how to navigate the ever changing landscape of social media with their kids. So, we decided to spend this episode of our Spawned podcast answering questions and offering our thoughts and experiences with our own kids. If you’ve got kids on social media, or you’re considering it in the near future (or know someone who is), you’ll want to take a moment (or like 30 minutes) and listen to this important episode. You can do that right now, and then be sure to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes...

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5 time organization techniques from experts that really work | Spawned Episode 70

Who doesn’t want more time in their day? That’s why on this episode of Spawned, we decided to take a closer look at 5 popular time organization techniques from experts and share how they’d work for parents. If you’ve been wrangling a never-ending to-do list, or you just want some more time to spend time with the people you love, we think you’ll appreciate these expert techniques. You can listen to Spawned right now, and then be sure you’ve subscribed to our show on iTunes so you never miss an episode. 5 Time Organization Techniques  Take a listen to...

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Is princess culture hurting our kids? | Spawned Episode 69

Thanks to the new Beauty and the Beast movie, we’re seeing lots of chatter about princess culture and whether it’s good for our kids. So, on this new episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we tackle this hot button issue, and whether the whole Disney princess culture is healthy or harmful. We tap into research, books, and yes, our own parenting experience as we discuss how princess culture has evolved and how it affects kids. Listen right now, and then make sure you subscribe to Spawned on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Links from Spawned Episode 69 –...

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How to get kids to eat better, even picky eaters. | Spawned Episode 68

If you have kids, then you know all the challenges that come with trying to feed them, especially those picky eaters. Well, on this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we’ve got our amazing Cool Mom Eats editor and cookbook author Stacie Billis, who combines her years of food writing and a background in child development to offer smart, common-sense tips, tricks, and advice for parents. (Psst: It’s why you should be reading Cool Mom Eats and subscribing to the newsletter). Seriously, this is an episode you don’t want to miss, parents! You can listen right now, right...

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Dr. Harvey Karp answers parents’ biggest sleep questions. Yes! | Spawned ep 68

On this week’s episode of the Spawned podcast, we are excited to welcome Dr. Harvey Karp, of Happiest Baby on the Block fame, though he virtually needs no introduction. We’re so excited he joined us to answer some of parents most difficult questions about sleep, whether they’ve got newborns or, uh…tweens. We appreciate his common sense, non-judgmental approach to sleep, not to mention some of the tips that saved our own lives when we were new parents. (If you know his genius 5 S’s, you know just what we mean.)   Listen now! And don’t forget to subscribe to Spawned with Kristen...

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How to talk to your kids about money, with author and financial expert Beth Kobliner | Spawned Episode 66

If you’ve been wondering how much you should be giving your kids for an allowance, or when you should open them up a bank account, you will get both those questions answered and a whole lot more on this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. Our special guest Beth Kobliner, a New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, and mom-of-3, tackles all the kids and money questions we could squeeze into our 40-minute show. She’s out with a new book, Make Your Kid a Money Genius, and wow, it’s awesome! She even tells us what we’re doing right and...

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The 2017 Oscars, A.K.A. things that change after you have kids | Spawned Episode 65

We got all excited to do a 2017 Oscars episode on our Spawned podcast until we realized….we hadn’t seen any of the movies. Unless you count a couple of the animated features. Ah, parenting. So on this episode of Spawned, we don’t talk about the Oscars at all!  Instead, we laugh (and maybe cry a little) about all the things that change after you have kids. We bet you can relate to a few of them! Plus, we share our cool picks of the week — and trust us, you’re not going to want to miss those. Listen right...

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F*ck yeah, Meryl Streep! | Spawned Podcast Episode 64

While yes, 8 zillion other outrageous things have happened since Sunday night’s Meryl Streep speech that brought down the Golden Globes (and a certain volatile twitter account), we still think it bears discussing. So today on the latest Spawned podcast episode, we’re chatting candidly about what she said, why we think her speech is worth defending (if you hadn’t guessed from the spisode title), and why we think it’s important that more people engage in politics and the issues they care about — not fewer — whatever their careers or backgrounds or hometowns. It’s a passionate, fun discussion and we think you’ll...

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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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The best holiday humor from around the web. Because we needed a laugh, too. | Spawned Episode 62

If you’re like us, then you could reallllly use a laugh right about now. The last-minute holiday rush. The news. More news. Well, you get the idea. So, on this episode of Spawned we scoured the web for some of the best holiday humor we could find. Ridiculous Pinterest holiday crafts you won’t believe exist, laugh-out-loud funny holiday blog posts and articles, hilarious Christmas tweets, and a whole lot more. You can listen right now here (do it!), and make sure you subscribe to Spawned on iTunes so you never miss an episode. Seriously, go now! It’s easy. (Funny card...

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We got WHAT for Christmas? The answers to all your holiday questions | Spawned episode 61

With so many holiday dilemmas and conundrums, we decided to ask you, our awesome readers and listeners, what holiday questions you’d love to hear us answer on the air. And wow, you delivered! On this extra special, extended version of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we tackle your funny, challenging, and serious holiday questions, offering our tips, tricks, and advice. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did answering. You can listen right here, right now, or head over to iTunes and subscribe to Spawned (it’s free, and easy), so you never miss an episode. If you have an...

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Retail is for suckers! Save money shopping online with these expert tips and resources | Spawned Ep 60

After ten years of browsing retailers for a living, putting together shopping guides of all kinds (like Holiday Gift Guides, ahem) and getting to know the ins and outs of online shopping, we thought it would be helpful to devote an entire episode of Spawned to all of our favorite smart money-saving tips and tricks, apps and websites that we’ve discovered work best for us. You’ll hear lots of expert tips we’ve shared over the years with national newspapers, magazines, and on programs like The TODAY Show — plus brand new ones that you may never have considered. Listen right now (this very second!) through the link...

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Thanksgiving survival tips. For humans, not turkeys. | Spawned Episode 59

Thanksgiving can be a challenging time for lots of people, but this year, well, let’s just say stress levels are at an all-time high. So, on today’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we’re sharing our Thanksgiving survival tips, from setting conversation boundaries to opting out of celebrations, and yes, some fun ideas, too. Well, beyond booze and carbs, that is. Come commiserate with us! Funny Thanksgiving wine labels via Barton Design Co. Listen to our Spawned podcast right now. This very minute! Right here! Then be sure to subscribe on iTunes so you never miss an episode.   Links...

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8 shows to binge watch when the kids are asleep | Spawned Episode 58

If you’re like us and need a little break from the news (cough Election cough), or you just want to enjoy some grown-up time after the kids are asleep, we have the perfect diversion. You know how much we love binge watching, so on this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we’re playing TV critic and sharing the shows we think should be on your watch list, the ones that make us laugh, cry, cringe, and hide our eyes under the pillow. You can listen right now, or head over to iTunes and subscribe to our podcast feed...

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10 things not to say to a working mom | Spawned Episode 57

What we thought was a helpful post about the new uber-for-kids services popping up around the country turned into the Mommy Wars on Facebook. And so, on this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we discuss the not-so-nice comment in question, along with other things not to say to working moms based on an article Liz wrote for Redbook Magazine a few years ago. Plus, we share our tips for what to say (or do) to help working parents, and of course, our Cool Picks of the Week. Mug above via Avonnie Studio on Etsy You can...

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Self-care tips to help you survive the election: Spawned Episode 56

If you’re like us, these last few weeks of the election have been pretty stressful. Between listening to the rhetoric ourselves and trying to shield our kids (or speak to them about it in a way that makes sense), we’re feeling overwhelmed. So, we decided to talk about self care, and what we like to do when we’re feeling as though we’re about to blow up. On this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we share our favorite self-care tips, from bingewatching face-eating vampires (Liz) to meditating on Denzel Washington’s eyes (Kristen), even having sex (gasp!), we’ve got plenty of...

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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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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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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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The hilarity and terror of raising teens: Tips + humor to get you through it | Spawned Ep 52

Today we’re speaking with humorist, best-selling author and actual real-life teacher Robert Wilder about raising teens! We first discovered his hilarious Daddy Needs a Drink way back in the early CMP days, and we’ve been fans ever since. Break up your day with this fun discussion about his much-lauded first YA novel, Nickel, horror stories to make you laugh out loud, and tips to help you get through it all — whether you’re in the thick of it, been there/survived that, or it still feels a million years away. Listen right here, or check out Spawned with Kristen + Liz on iTunes. Now!...

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