Does it feel hard to laugh sometimes with all that’s going on in the world? You’ll love this episode of the Spawned Parenting Podcast.

This week we’re talking to Jill Twiss, Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer, and best-selling children’s author of A Day in the LIfe of Marlon Bundo (a CMP fave!), who’s out with a new book The Someone New.

We’re talking about finding humor in tough times, and using humor as a tool to convey important messages, especially to kids. Because while her new picture book is incredibly witty and fun, it also has a really valuable message for kids about overcoming fear of “the other” and choosing kindness instead, when we meet someone different from ourselves.

The Someone New: The new children's book from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer, Jill TwissThe Someone New, by Jill Twiss and EG Keller

We also chat about Mindy Kaling’s new movie, Late Night, give a shout-out to Nell Scovell for supporting other women in comedy writing, discuss what lines you can or can’t cross when it comes to political humor, and learn more about the next children’s book Jill wants to write. (It’s a good topic!)

Oh, and she’s working on an upcoming musical about the Seneca Falls convention. And that’s funny too.

So yeah, you’re going to like this episode.

Listen right here right now, or in Apple Podcasts or your own favorite podcast app.

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You can find more about Jill Twiss on Twitter, or visit her website


This week’s awesome sponsor: Ritual Vitamins

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We’re excited to welcome back our sponsor Ritual, the obsessively-researched multivitamins for women that get delivered right to your door.

They’re so great, that Liz became a paid subscriber — and loves them. (And she is so not a vitamin person!)

It’s hard to eat healthy, especially as busy parents, and the Ritual Essential for Women helps fill the gaps in our diets. The no-nausea capsule design is gentle on an empty stomach, and they’ve added a mint tab in every bottle to keep things fresh, so you don’t get that fishy aftertaste (you know what we’re talking about). They really know how to get busy moms to take their vitamins!

We also like that Ritual’s ingredients are vegan-friendly, sugar-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free, and that all ingredients — as well as their sources — are out there for the whole world to see.

Thank you for supporting the great brands who help support Spawned!


Our Cool Picks of the Week

Peripera tinted lip balm is a K-Beauty brand you can get right in CVS

Kristen: Here newest beauty fave: Peripera tinted lip balm. She found it right in the K-beauty section at CVS though you can get it on Amazon. She especially loves the pink Butter Pang shade which adds a nice light tint and lots of hydration.

CMP is an rstyle affiliate

Nars Radiant Long Wear Foundation is amazing, even on older skin, and a single pea-sized drop will cover your whole face beautifully

Liz: A Sephora makeup artist turned her onto Nars Natural Radiant Long-Wear Foundation which, when combined with a fabulous foundation brush, means you only need a single pea-sized drop to cover your whole face. The bottle will last forever! And it goes on beautifully, even for 40+ skin.

The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 speaker is waterproof, wireless, and perfect for the shower

Jill: Currently obsessed with shower speakers — a great way to listen to music (or ahem, podcasts) while practicing good hygiene. One we love is the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Waterproof Bluetooth speaker which isn’t just showerproof, but has a long battery life too.


Kids in Need of Defense, or KIND, is a remarkable non-profit supporting migrant children, and those separated from families

Jill is also a  big supporter of KIND, Kids in Need of Defense (we love them too). In fact, she’s donating a portion of profits from her book to this fantastic organization that provides essential legal aid to immigrant children, especially those separated from family at the border. We encourage you to read more about them.

Our Cool Podcast of the Week

Cool podcast for parents: MILK with Mallory Kasdan stands for Moms I'd Like to Know

The MILK Podcast (Moms I’d Like to Know) features interviews with a diverse range of fascinating moms, from CEOs to celebrities to a rabbi and even a funeral director. It’s hosted by Mallory Kasdan, a former Spawned guest herself!

Top photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash