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+.

When Grandma Comes

My mom came to visit over the weekend and there is nothing quite like seeing your parents be grandparents to your children.

Grandparents

Grandparents

Four Years a Mother

Last week, my first baby turned four.

I can hardly believe that the tiny baby I brought home from the hospital now carries on complete conversations, dresses herself every morning, and has hair past her shoulders.

But while she’s not even recognizable as that tiny baby anymore, a few things haven’t changed in the four years I’ve been a mother.

How a Video Monitor Can Change Everything

I tend to be something of a minimalist parent.

One thing I didn’t think we needed was a baby monitor. For almost four years, we went without one.

Baby Monitor

Baby Monitor

7 Reasons I Love a Booster Seat

At Christmas, we bought our one-year-old a booster seat so she could sit at the table with us. She LOVED it and mealtime immediately became a much happier time for all of us.

Here are seven reasons I’m a huge fan:

Sometimes You Just Need a Little Alone Time

You might read that title and think I’m talking about me, as the mama.

And certainly I do treasure my alone time.

But I’ve discovered that both of my girls crave a little time and space of their own too.

Quiet Time
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