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 executive editor, working mom champion, and author of the popular new Fifth¬†Trimester Handbook: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big¬†Success After Baby.¬†

(Available at our Amazon affiliate, at Indiebound, or your local indie bookseller.)

Listen to this week’s episode right now to get a ton of¬†truly valuable, actionable tips, or¬†listen to¬†Spawned with Kristen + Liz on iTunes¬†through this link. And¬†be sure to¬†subscribe to our feed so you never miss an episode!

Some links from the show:

-New study: The best and worst states for working moms in the US.

-Spawned Episode 57: 10 things never to say to a working mom!

-6 favorite time-saving beauty products for busy mornings.

-Another cosmetic time saver: 3 of Kristen’s favorite BB Creams¬†

The Fifth Trimester Website

-Follow Lauren and be part of The Fifth Trimester movement on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

The Fifth Trimester book: The working mom's guide to style, sanity and big success after baby


And if you have any questions, ideas, or funny gift stories of your own, we’d love to hear them! Shoot us an email at, leave a comment right here, or find us on¬†Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Related: 5 expert tips for getting back into the workplace after kids… and finding balance after you do

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Cool Picks of the Week

Tinkersphere is a great resource for kits, robots + STEM gifts for young tinkerers, including Raspberry Pi kits to build your own computer

Lauren’s¬†cool pick of the week: Tinkersphere is a fabulous resource for STEM components, robots, tech toys, and other gifts for young tinkerers including Raspberry Pi kits¬†allowing kids to build their own computers. And it’s Cool Mom Tech approved!

Liz’s cool pick of the week: The Princess Bride¬†returns to theaters for its 30th anniversary. Get tickets now!