Ellen Schmidt

Ellen Schmidt writes about parenting-related issues from pregnancy to potty training, as well as product reviews and gift guides for moms and children. Ellen's background is in television and marketing, but she found her way back to her first love of writing by starting a blog when she became pregnant with her first child in 2009. Ellen enjoys traveling with her family, daydreaming about their next vacation, photography, and indulging in a glass of wine (or two) with friends she barely sees now that she's a mom. Life motto: inject humor whenever possible.

Ellen Schmidt

Holiday Movies

'Home Alone' Is A Holiday Classic, But Is It Too Scary For Little Kids?

The classic film is a holiday staple, but how panicked will your kids be about those bumbling burglars?


Can Breast Milk Go Bad Inside Your Body? Lactations Consultants Explain

It’s normal to wonder.

Women's History Month

These Instagram Captions For Women's History Month Are Perfect

Every March, we celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history, and on our own social media feeds, too.


Sweet Valentine's Day Quotes

From funny to sentimental, these sweet quotes are perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day.


25 Winter Solstice Baby Names For Your Magical Little One

Bright, cheery, and festive names abound.

Valentine's Day

6 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day Virtually With Your Little Loves

Virtual activities are still the safest way to socialize, and with Valentine's Day coming up, there are some festive screen ideas.

Gift Guide

20 Unique Gifts For Your Sports-Loving Kid

So you don’t have to store yet another basketball in the garage.

Black Friday

TJ Maxx Black Friday Hours Are Perfect For Those With Late Thanksgiving Dinners

Make a plan ahead of time.


Here's What To Talk To Your 2-Year-Old About (Besides Peppa Pig)

Even if they don’t have a ton of words yet, the effort is worth it. (And hilarious.)


30 Instagram Captions For Documenting Spring In All Its Glory

Spring is so close I can almost feel it, and so can my Instagram feed.


20 Baby Names That Go With Sophia

Your little Sophia is going to be a big sister, so you’ll want a name that flows with hers.

Daylight Saving Time

It’s Almost Time To Spring Forward

And after 2020, I’m ready to lose a year of sleep for an optimistic spring.


Here’s Why Your Baby Keeps Yanking Out Their Own Hair

It looks like it hurts, but it actually fulfills a lot of needs for your baby.


The Best Books To Encourage Your Child To Never Give Up

You already tell them "never give up," but now you can show them what determination is really like with these books.


How To Stop Your Puppy From Tackling Your Toddler

Puppies and toddlers are a lot like, which means redirecting both of them is super helpful.

Countdown to Birth

You Might Notice Some Leaking Breast Milk Weeks Before Your Baby's Born

It might totally freak you out, but it's totally normal.


How To Make A Sore Throat During Pregnancy A Little Less Miserable

Luckily there are a few options for moms-to-be when a scratchy throat comes along.


Honestly, Your Toddler Probably Sleeps Better In The Dark

But to night-light or not to night-light is the real question.


American Girl Reveals 2021 Doll Of The Year & She's Fantastic

American Girl's newest addition loves animals, the environment, and has an exciting adventure Down Under.


These Vintage Winter Photos Perfectly Capture The Magic Of The Season

We could all use a reminder of how peaceful a pristine winter snow can be.