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+.

Why I Miss the High Chair

My baby just turned two and no longer has any interest in a high chair (actually, because we were traveling so much this summer and fall, she hasn’t used a high chair since she was about 18 months old).

In some ways, this is nice because she can eat anywhere, but most nights after dinner, I find myself thinking fondly of the high chair and how much easier it made meal time.

Missing the High Chair

Missing the High Chair

A Little Mickey and Minnie Valentine's Day Party

Thanks to Disney Baby and Cakes.com for sponsoring this post and for giving me the Mickey and Minnie Valentine’s Rings and edible glitter for free, as well as to Favor Desserts for decorating our cake.

Over the weekend, my cousin and his wife came to visit, bringing along their toddler daughter. My two girls, who are just younger and older than their second cousin, were in heaven. We barely saw the three of them for days, as they played together non-stop, from morning to evening.

On their last day in town, we celebrated with a little low-key Valentine’s Day party.

A Little Advice About Dishes for Children

From the moment you announce your pregnancy, you’re probably flooded with advice about everything from sleeping to birth to schooling.

But here’s some advice I wish someone had given me about having multiple children.

Don’t buy those sets of mixed color dishes where you have half a dozen plates, cups, bowls, and utensils with one of each color.

Baby Dishes

The Most Beloved Socks in the World

Sometimes over the summer, my toddler developed an enormous love of Minnie Mouse.

I’m not sure exactly what prompted it, but suddenly she was obsessed with all things Minnie. She could spot an item emblazoned with the famous mouse a mile away.

At home, her love was primarily directed toward her two pairs of Minnie Mouse socks. She refused to wear any other socks except one of her two pairs of Minnie Socks.

Minnie Mouse Socks

Minnie Mouse Socks

How to Cope When the Afternoon Crazies Arrive

Sometimes, on a busy day, where we’ve been running errands all morning and I’ve been trying to get work done, I can tell by the afternoon that everyone in the house is getting a little frantic.

My girls start bickering more with each other and clamoring for my attention, and I can feel everyone’s nerves starting to fray.

To be honest, my first inclination is always to go hide in the bathroom, but I’ve discovered a simple way to calm everyone down that works like a charm.

Avoid a meltdown
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