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+.

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:

Ruby

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

6 Tips for Dropping a Second Nap

With my first child, I dreaded the drop down to one nap. My free time! All gone!

With my second child, I’ve been much more anxious for her to make the switch, since having only one nap to work around will free us up a lot to do morning outings (and since my older child isn’t napping in the morning, it’s not like it’s free time for me anyway).

However, I’m remembering how difficult it can be for a baby to make the switch from being a twice-a-day-napper to a once-a-day-napper. Now that I’m going through it a second time around, I’ve learned a few tricks and secrets about what to expect and how to handle it:

#1: Early Bedtime

6 Cozy Bathrobes for Your Little One

My girls love taking baths (and now that they aren’t infants, it’s nice that I can sit on the floor next to the tub and flip through a magazine while they play in the bubbles).

But when it’s time to get out, there are always a few tears and blue lips.

These bathrobes to the rescue! Bath time ends on a happy and warm note with these snuggly robes.

Minnie Mouse Bath Robe
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