Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Author of the young adult novel DOORMAT, feminist, and new mom, living the outdoor life in lovely Honolulu.

There Is No Stronger Example Of A Mother's Love Than The NICU Milk Lab

Just down the hall from the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Colorado you will find a the NICU milk lab. Children's Colorado is renowned, and so serious, that families from all over the Western United States move heaven and earth…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

A Pediatrician Shares What Makes A Baby's First Checkup So Special

Six to 12 hours after a baby is born, Dr. Lee Engelbreth, a pediatrician at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, visits the parents in the nursery, also known as the mom-baby unit, and more often than not, as a hospital pediatrician, she's never…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

In The Labor & Delivery Gift Shop, Every Day is An Emotional Rollercoaster

When you're anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby — whether as a father, or grandmother, or uncle, or aunt — where do you go when you're tired of pacing the hospital halls? The gift shop, of course. For friends and family who make their way…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's What You Really Need To Know About Using Coconut Oil As Lube During Pregnancy

These days, coconut oil is used for just about everything, from food to haircare and skincare — and it's even having a moment as lube. But what about when you're expecting? Can you use coconut oil as lube while pregnant? According to Parents, oily…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here Are 8 Reasons Why June Babies Are Total Badasses

Having a baby is a great way to kick off the summer, and the reasons why June babies are badasses are sure to get you pumped, no matter when in the sunny month you're due. Yes, you'll be relieved not to have to go through the rest of the long, hot…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

20 "Old Lady" Baby Names Your Partner Will Probably Hate

What makes a baby name an "old lady" name, and is having an old lady name really such a bad thing? These "old lady" baby names your partner will probably hate are all lovely in their own unique ways, and you could argue that by eschewing painfully…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

9 Father’s Day Gifts For The Sports Fan, Because His Heart's In The Shape Of A Ball

If the special dad in your life loves sports, my guess is you've already bought him the usual — posters of his favorite team, baseballs or basketballs, season tickets — but this year, you want to shake it up. Here are nine Father's Day gifts for the…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

8 Memorial Day Quotes From Barack Obama, Because He Truly Understood Remembrance

More than a million people have lost their lives fighting for the United States over the centuries, and each year, Americans endeavor to remember those sacrifices. But how can citizens honor such service? In these Memorial Day quotes from Barack…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

10 Baby Names Your Mother-In-Law Will Hate — Until They Meet Your Baby

All the cool generations love to push the envelope, but do they take things too far with cutting-edge baby names? According to Cafe Mom, millennial parents are passing over time-honored classics like Anne and Elizabeth in favor of more avant-garde…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Before Spending A Fortune On Maternity Bras, Here's What You Need To Know

If you're pregnant, I guarantee the world is trying to sell you stuff: maternity clothes, body pillows, stretch-mark prevention cream. While many products are truly useful (hey, body pillow), some will languish in your cabinet forever (hello,…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How Dads Can Bond With Their Baby In The Womb & Make A Real Connection

From the first bout of morning sickness to the inaugural fluttering kick, mom and baby are connected. So much so that you might find yourself idly singing to baby, or choosing meals based on what's best for her. But is your partner feeling left out?…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

The Top Baby Names Of The Year Prove Classics Are Totally In Style

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) gathers the names of the country's newborn babies to compile their top 10 list, and every year, I'm thrilled. It's like the Oscars of onomastics — the scholarly study of names, which, nerdily, I'm…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How Many Maternity Bras You Actually *Need* To Own

A great maternity bra can be a true gift, but the good ones aren't cheap, and moms-to-be already have a million things on their pre-baby shopping list. Thinking moms want to know: can you get away without a special pregnancy bra, or maybe with just…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

92 Dog Names Based On Their Zodiac, Because Their Personality Is Ready To Shine

Bringing a new dog into your life is a big deal, and choosing a name for your forever friend is a huge responsibility. To give you a little inspiration, here are 92 dog names based on their zodiac sign. Because believe it or not, if you know when…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Can The Link Between Movement & Memory Help Us Find Ourselves After Birth?

After you give birth, what remains of the happy, striving, pregnant person you once were? For me, it wasn’t the healthy eating habits (as soon as my baby worked up a full-throated cry, kale was out, and chocolate was in), and it definitely wasn’t…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

13 Sweet Instagram Captions For Mother's Day That Will Win You All The Points

Wherever you take your mom for Mother's Day, be sure to take your camera, too. These are memories in the making, and the pictures are destined to beautiful. But what if you find yourself at a loss for words? You'll need some sweet Instagram captions…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

10 Movies To Watch With Your Mom On Mother's Day For A Real Netflix & Chill

Movies and mothers go together like popcorn and soda, which is why I'm hoping you're planning to Netflix-and-chill on the one day each year our culture decides it's time to celebrate the most hard-working people on earth. In honor of the most legit…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's Why The Fire Station May Not Be The Best Place To Get Your Car Seat Checked

For some strange reason, myths abound when it comes to car seats. I suspect most such myths are rooted in a combination of parental confusion surrounding this ever-evolving technology (how long should kids stay rear-facing, again?), and wishful…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

OMG, Starbucks' New Frappuccinos Include Caffeinated Whipped Cream & I Can't Take It

Starbucks' Frappuccinos are iconic, and there's always been a rotating cast of fun seasonal flavors to choose from. (Hello, Macadamia!) But the base menu never really changes, right? Wrong. Just in time for summer, Starbucks added two new…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

The Best Summer Camp For Your Child, Based On Their Astrological Sign

With thousands of super-specialized kid's camps out there, it can be tough to know what to sign them up for. I mean, arts and crafts? Space Camp? Computer programming? Or would they rather make friends at a traditional ring-around-the-campfire…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams