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...Read More
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Reading the results of today’s WalletHub study on the best and worst states for working moms, well let’s just say that this working mom’s eyes are wide open: 70% of moms with children under 18 are employed, so this is info that really impacts our country as a whole. There’s some great news in the study…and then some states that make me want to storm the governors’ offices and state legislatures, and go all Gloria Steinem on them. The WalletHub methodology is pretty fascinating, at least for a data nerd like me. (And for these purposes, let’s just establish that “working mom” means...Read More
As someone who left a full-time advertising career behind to become a writer, website publisher, and public speaker — all while raising tiny children, all while being the sole earner in my household — I totally get how scary it is to change courses. It is! It’s scary! But, there are times that opportunities fall in your lap, passions make themselves known, and big dreams call so loudly, you just can’t ignore them. So, I’ve put together some of my own favorite real world tips for a few important things to do when you’re embarking on a career change or starting...Read More
Go forth and reinvent! 10 terrific resources for women ready for a career change or entrepreneurship.
We know a little something about reinvention after motherhood and women entrepreneurs. Hey, Kristen did an entire TedX talk about it! And I’ve made a few career switches myself — finally landing on this sweet gig that Kristen and I created for ourselves. The best part is, Cool Mom Picks has allowed us to support so many other entrepreneurial women who have found themselves in similar situations, wanting to embark on a new business venture that will enable them to wake up every day feeling excited. Just like we do. So we’re always down to share any companies, organizations, or resources that for women entrepreneurs — and not just...Read More
A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity, and self-sufficiency for women everywhere. Hell yes!
As you may be well aware, women continue to have to fight for equal pay and equal rights, but there is great strength in numbers, as the Women’s March on Washington has shown us. When we work together, our power is great. That’s why I was so happy to see the new indie Etsy shop Damsel in Success. Related: 2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do. The fierce brand was created by two women working in male dominated fields who wanted to send a positive message to themselves and women everywhere — that...Read More
Yesterday was Equal Pay Day which feels kind of empowering while it’s happening — and then honestly a little depressing the day after it’s over. Like, who’s still fighting for us? You may already be aware that the gender pay disparity disproportionately impacts working mothers. While white mothers make an average of 71 cents for every dollar white males make, African-American and Hispanic mothers make even less than their male counterparts. Honestly, it’s shameful. Which is why we are loving a brand new campaign Mom Up America. Launched by The Mom Project, a digital platform that helps connect working women –particularly mothers — with excellent, often flexible work opportunities,...Read More
We’ve got 24 cheap and easy ideas for date night at home. Because shockingly, parents can’t always get out.
We’re all about trying to find enjoyable, cheap and easy ideas for date night at home, especially for those of us with kids who’d like a little extra help rekindling that proverbial spark when we’re stuck sans sitter. Even if it’s just a few hours off from actually being parental, it can make a big difference. But of course, when you’re a busy parent, Valentine’s Day (especially on a Tuesday night) won’t generally involve Dom Perignon, dry-aged steak, and the penthouse suite of the Mandarin-Oriental, am I right? So check out these ideas instead that you can actually pull off without a whole lot...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Naya Health If you’ve ever struggled with pumping breast milk in a public restroom, or hid in a supply closet or stairwell as a co-worker walked in on you, you know how challenging (and uncomfortable) pumping in the workplace can be. That’s exactly why Naya Health has developed a smart breast pump that’s getting a ton of buzz for revolutionizing every aspect of pumping. And now, they’re getting a ton of buzz for their hilarious new video. Here, they answer the hypothetical question that so many breastfeeding women have laughed about to themselves: What if men were the ones who had to breastfeed? Where’s our...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Savitude lets you shop based on body type, so every woman can feel her most beautiful | Sponsored Message
This is a sponsored message from Savitude If you’ve ever struggled to find stylish, quality work clothes — let alone the time to buy them — the new Savitude app and Savitude website are about to make it easier than ever. Especially if you’re switching careers, returning to work post-baby, or just trying to update your wardrobe for the new season without spending time you don’t have. What makes Savitude different is a clever “shape-driven” shopping experience that helps you build a personalized, curated list of clothing options that’s just perfect for your own body type and tastes, thanks to combo of expert guidance and smart technology....Read More
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...Read More
Hooo boy, is it easy to get in a style rut as a busy mom. I can speak to this from experience, even as someone who prides myself on staying fairly on trend. While getting out of jeans and into a dress is one way to feel more put together, as much as I love wearing dresses, it can be hard for me to find ones that let me do everything I need do during my day — which means I end up saving them for special occasions. (In other words, not wearing dresses all that much.) Like lots of other moms, what I...Read More
Web Coolness: Last-minute help for Father’s Day, the ultimate bacon recipe, and our vote for Father of the Year
This has been some week. A lot of ups, a lot of very down downs, and a whole lot to read. Here are some of the links that we’ve been reading this week and we hope you like them too. Still scrambling to celebrate your favorite dad in your life? We can help. Start with this insane (but easy) Oven-Baked Maple Glazed Bacon recipe from Cool Mom Eats (above). We’re all in. Then check out these 11 creative last-minute gifts for dads, and 24 ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts and printables. There’s still time! Working dads don’t feel...Read More
About a year ago, I realized that if I grew out my regularly dyed hair, I’d probably be completely gray, which means that about 3–4 weeks after my salon visit, I’ve got hella roots showing. But thanks to discovering the Rita Hazan root concealer, I can go an extra couple of weeks before plunking down a pretty penny for hair color. The little bottle isn’t cheap, but boy does it work (and a little goes a very long way). Just a small spray over my roots on my dark brown hair after I’ve finished blow drying it and I’ve got fantastic cover-up until...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
Web coolness: The new Ghostbusters trailer rocks, feeling good in swimsuits at any size, and Cumberbunnies are here. Really.
Here are some links we’ve loved reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! Edible Benedict Cumberbatch chocolate Easter Bunnies, or Cumberbunnies. That’s a thing. One of our favorite Spawned podcast episodes yet: Taking sex (candidly) with Rosie Pope. Just uh, get the earmuffs if you have kids in the room. Recycle your old jeans at Madewell — they will put them to amazing use. The new app your kids will want. And you will want to get it for them. Why it might be time to stop calling girls tomboys. What friends without kids can...Read More
Web Coolness pop culture edition: Sesame Street, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Star Wars, Spinal Tap and more.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fantastic article about Sesame Street’s Move to HBO…and why some parent will be bummed. 5 things that happened to one mom when she cut the cable cord. (That mom also happens to be Kristen.) We love this letter from Alan Rickman to JK Rowling. 16 things kids can learn from David Bowie. How to introduce your kids to the Beatles. We tracked down 19 Rey toys and gifts for little Star Wars fans since we couldn’t find too many in stores. Turns out that...Read More
If you spend as much time at your desk as each of us do, then you probably understand the challenge of keeping it organized. In fact, you might have incorporated that into one of your New Year’s resolutions. (Again?) We so get it. The struggle is real. That’s why we’re so happy to be working again with our sponsor Staples, because they’ve got literally everything you need to ditch your desk clutter for a more beautiful, organized work space. Yes, they’ve got a hundred zillion items (which is why we always walk out with more than we came in for) that include a stylish and very affordable new Acrylic...Read More