Janssen Bradshaw

Janssen lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two little girls. A former librarian, she is an obsessive reader, especially of picture books, young adult novels, and adult non-fiction. She also loves food in any form, whether it’s trying a new restaurant or making dinner at home with her little sidekicks. Her lifestyle blog, Everyday Reading, features daily style, book recommendations, and her family's favorite recipes. You can also find Janssen on Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Darling Baby Gowns from Disney Baby

I have gone to a LOT of baby showers recently.

And invariably, at every one, someone mentions how much they love gowns for newborns. And immediately, there’s a host of moms chiming in to affirm how fantastic they are.

No zippers or snaps to deal with in the middle of the night, just a cute, snuggly baby and easy access for diaper changes.

I’ve actually never used gowns with either of my girls, but now I guess a need to have another baby so I can try them out.

Especially one of these ridiculously cute ones from Disney Baby:

Aurora Gown

25 Non-Candy Ideas for Easter Baskets and Eggs

If your house is like mine, by the time Easter morning rolls around, the last thing you want is more candy.

I love finding fun things that will delight my girls and also not leave them completely hopped up on sugar. The year my older daughter was almost two, she ate dozens of jelly beans and then ran in circles around our kitchen island for nearly twenty minutes. Since then, we’ve tried to keep the candy to a minimum.

Here are 25 ideas of baby or toddler-friendly items to fill up that Easter basket or plastic Easter eggs.

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

20 Colorful Baby Names

A few years ago, I heard the name “Navy” for the first time, and immediately loved it.

Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for baby names that come from colors, for both girls and boys.

Here are 20 of my favorites:


My 10 Parenting Super Powers

Before I became a parent, I was just a regular person.

Now, although I look like a regular person on the outside, I have a few parenting super powers tucked away for when I need them.

And, if you’re a parent, I’m guessing you have most of these super powers too:

#1: I can unfold a stroller with one hand

6 Things to Toss in Your Beach Bag

Heading to the beach this summer?

So are we!

I’m so excited to spend about a week at the Outer Banks as a family in a few weeks, and I’m starting to think about what to pack to make it a fun trip for the whole family.

We did a similar trip last year, so I learned a few things along the way. Besides the swimsuit, flip-flops, and sunscreen, here are a few other things to consider bringing:

A waterproof bag
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