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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...Read More
Speaking up is hard to do: The N-word, the culture of complicity, and why we have to say, that’s not okay.
This weekend, Senator Ben Sasse issued a response to address the (rightful) outrage around his Friday night appearance with Bill Maher. He stated that he should have spoken up when Maher unacceptably used the N-word. He tweeted that “just cringing last night wasn’t good enough.” (Whether or not he looked to be cringing is up for debate, but I’ll take his word for it that he was cringing on the inside.) Only a few weeks before, Billy Bush finally broke his silence about the infamous Access Hollywood tape on which the president bragged about sexually assaulting women. Bush told The Hollywood Reporter, “if a moment like that rose...Read More
Web coolness: Mother’s Day gifts that are the bomb, Princess Charlotte’s birthday photos, a Kickstarter we’re excited about + more
Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Check out this video with the easiest recipes ever for your fiesta (plus a genius tip to keep guac from turning brown). So many Mother’s Day ideas, with only a week left! Don’t miss: –Fabulous gift ideas from a new mom for other new moms on their first Mother’s Day –Fierce feminist Mother’s Day gifts for empowered moms –13 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts all under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all –9 gorgeous homemade food gifts for Mother’s Day. Yum....Read More
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 +...Read More
Web coolness: A tribute to Carrie Fisher (sniff), an upcoming March for Moms, and research that may explain lots of marital tensions
You have to watch this video tribute to Carrie Fisher from the Star Wars Celebration. RIP, General. April the Giraffe gives birth, internet gets happy. And snarky. Guess which major paper now is the first to have women covering every sports beat? Congrats to Malala Yousafzai, the UN’s youngest ever Messenger of Peace. Lovely post about a new way to look at giving birth. A new favorite Etsy shop supporting empowered women! A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day: The March for Moms in DC, to help advocate for maternal health issues around the world. A statistical analysis from fivethirtyeight about the frightening impact...Read More
Not all of us moms are so genetically blessed as to fit into our skinny jeans two weeks postpartum — let alone thick-skinned enough to “love ourselves as we are” all the time. #NOnomakeupselfie #sorrynotsorry So bless those awesome celebrity moms — and dads! — who are willing to show us the truth about parenting, so that we can all feel a little better about our bad days, our toddler tantrums, and yeah, our cellulite. Top photo: Kelly Clarkson on Instagram Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at...Read More
Web Coolness: The most beautiful photos of Obama and children, inspiring advice from Betty White and more.
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. President Obama still has a lot of letters from kids to answer. A look at some of the President’s sweetest photos with kids. Top photo via White House on Flickr. (And yeah, we’re kind of weepy looking at them all. Let’s hear it for cool dads.) The most beautiful letter from Barbara and Jenna Hager Bush to Sasha and Malia Obama. (Let’s hear it for girls supporting girls!) Octavia Spencer wins Amazing Person of the Week. How you can help send more girls to see Hidden...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! The empowering Kazoo Magazine for girls is finally out with its first issue, yay! Laughing so hard at 11 times new parents thought, WTF how is this my life? Olivia Wilde takes down subway riders who won’t stand up for pregnant women. NSFW. Which is why it’s awesome. Comparing the two candidates’ policies on child care and paid family leave. Diapers for families in bipartisan households. Ha! The ultimate multi-tasking working mom? Yay for parents helping parents — especially on airplanes. Where fussy...Read More
If like me, you try to choose carefully when it comes to which movies make sense to see in a theater where it costs you a year’s college tuition for a family of four — and then, decide which movies seem worth forking over the extra few bucks for the 3D experience — I highly recommend the extraordinary Kubo and the Two Strings. This exquisite stop-motion feature from Laika Entertainment and first-time director Travis Knight comes to life so spectacularly on the big screen I would even see it a second time, and that’s saying something. The story of a young, one-eyed Japanese boy on...Read More
Web coolness: New Harry Potter books, ridiculous first day of school traditions, the birthday cake every kid needs and more.
These are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Ooh, new Harry Potter books! The most absurd first day of school traditions, and more, on this week’s episode of Spawned. Terrific snack recipes for kids with food allergies It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we’re laughing at these funny breastfeeding tweets we can all relate to. 7 tips to help nursing moms return to work, including resources that detail your legal rights. Great list of books that help kids be more kind to children with special needs. ZOMG — this baby was born...Read More
My kids love to read. But they also love to go to the movies. Luckily, that makes our summer reading easy this year, since I’m going to encourage them to pick up some of the great children’s books that are being adapted into movies this summer and fall. From classics like The Little Prince and The BFG to new favorites like The Queen of Katwe, there are a handful of movies based on kids’ books coming out soon that I know they won’t want to miss. So my rule is, you’ve got to read the book first. Smart, right? Here, 7 terrific children’s books turned movies that we...Read More
Getting real with Jenna + Bodhi Elfman about parenting and relationships after kids | Spawned Episode 41
Well this is a good one, Spawned podcast fans! In our newest episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz, we’re getting real about relationships and parenting with two very special guests, Jenna and Bodhi Elfman. (Yes, that Jenna and Bodhi Elfman.) Beyond being famous for all sorts of stuff, they’re parents of two very cute boys, and they have a podcast of their own called Kicking and Screaming, a funny, authentic, super unvarnished look at their 21-year marriage. You can even watch the companion video to the podcast each week. So we thought we’d get their perspective on all sorts of burning parenting and relationship topics. and wow, it...Read More
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! RIP Prince. We love this lovely Little Prince artwork by RoboKat on Red Bubble. You can order it on a t-shirt, iPhone case (below) tote bag, stationery and more. Need some shopping therapy while you listen to Purple Rain on a loop? Our Mother’s Day gift guide is here. We have new categories rolling out daily for all the awesome moms, grandmas, and other mother-like figures in your life. Meet the 11 year old girl responsible for the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill. Take a...Read More
Oh bless you, Chrissy Teigen. Because for every perfectly retouched celebrity baby photo all over Instagram, every “look how hot I am in a bikini 6 seconds after giving birth” celebrity selfie, every quote from a sanctimonious lucky-gene-club winner about how pregnant women who gain weight and “let themselves go” should be flogged with their own illegal crib bumpers…we have Chrissy Teigen. Yes, she does look beautiful. And so does her baby. But we love her best for her humor. After announcing the birth of Luna Simone Stephens to Chrissy and husband John Legend on April 17, check out some of...Read More
Web coolness: Healthier kids’ birthday cakes, babies and hair extensions, and paid family leave at last!
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Brilliant! Healthier first birthday cake alternatives for little kids that don’t skimp on the fun. Like this Apple Spice Cake with Maple recipe at Simple Bites. The most influential celebrity baby names right now. Did yours make the list? The fun kids’ app that will bring you back to your own childhood. Amazing POV from a mom-to-be on what it looks like to watch your baby being born…via a surrogate. An amazing 9-year-old reporter. (Does she need an internship?) After writing about our mild disappointment with...Read More
Well, we can’t all be 6-foot tall without heels, look ravishing in our zillion-dollar size zero custom designer gown, and play dress-up with some borrowed jewels that we could hock to put our kids through 35 semesters of college. At least not every day. So I love looking at the fancy designer jewelry worn on the Oscars red carpet each year–and then figuring out how to get the looks for less. This year it was all about necklaces. Big, fun, statement necklaces. And hey, I like big fun statement necklaces. Coincidence? I think not. CMP is an rstyle affiliate ...Read More
Can I tell you how big a hit I was as the surprise reader at my son’s second grade class the other day, when I read The Book with No Pictures? It was all, “Again!” and, “More!” If you can get your hands on this book too, you’ll understand why. This hilarious book written by actor and humorist B.J. Novak (you know, from The Office) is true to its title: There are no pictures in it whatsoever. Just pages full of funny dialogue written as if the reader (that’s you) is being forced to say silly things by the writer (a kid). The idea is that the...Read More