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+.

10 Totally Cliché Parenting Things I've Done

When you’re not a parent and you hear about some of the things parents do, you think “I will NEVER do that.”

But then you have your own child and … you do many of those things. It’s just hard to resist, sometimes.

Going to the beach with a baby

These eight are my most common cliche parenting moments:

Going to the beach with a baby

6 Things That Having Kids Give Me License to Do

One unexpected perk of having kids is that I now have excuses for all sorts of things I actually love to do anyway (afternoon snack anyone?).

Here are six of my favorites:

Swinging on the Swings

Swinging on the Swings

6 End-of-Summer Activities to Do with Your Little One

Summer is quickly coming to an end (in fact, in our town, school started three weeks ago!), so now is the time to take advantage of these last sunny days.

In June, it seems like there is so much summer ahead, but with it winding down, it’s the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a few more warm weather activities with your family. Try one or all of these and enjoy the sight of those little dimpled knees and elbows in swimsuits and shorts. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

End of Summer Activities

End of Summer Activities

9 Rookie Parenting Mistakes I've Made

It doesn’t matter how many books or websites you read, when the big moment comes where you’re a parent, you make some goofy little mistakes.

I rectified some of them with my second daughter (although I’m sure I’ve made a whole set of new ones). Here are nine that stand out to me as rookie errors my husband and I made:

Rookie Parenting Mistakes

Rookie Parenting Mistakes

How to Use Your Bumkins Wet Bag

Have you seen these Wet Bags from Bumkins?

Mickey Mouse Wet Bag

They are SO cute! And better yet, they’re just crazy useful. They zip shut, weigh practically nothing, and are machine-washable.

Here’s a few ways I love to use them:

  1. Wet swimsuits. Nothing worse than soaking the seat of your car with a wet swimsuit.
  2. A yucky diaper when no garbage is around. Sometimes you get stuck somewhere that has no garbage cans, but you want to keep it from leaking all over everything else while you get it home.
  3. Clothing that’s been spit-up on. Those babies! They just don’t know to stop throwing up their little lunches.
  4. Used wipes. Ever grabbed a wipe to clean off a messy face or hands and then had nowhere to stick them? No more!
  5. Filthy shoes. Little ones seem to know just where those muddiest spots are. And you don’t want those shoes all over the carseat or stroller.

Minnie Mouse Wet Bag

Mickey Mouse Wet Bag
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