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+.

The Kind of Mom I Am

One thing that’s so fun about parenthood is seeing how many different kinds of parents there are.

Every parents has their own things they care deeply about and other things that don’t really matter to them a bit.

Here are a few insights to the kind of parent I am:

Kind of Mom

7 Questions to Ask Before You Fly with Baby

My husband and I like to travel, and we also have always lived at least half a continent away from our families, so we’ve ended up doing a lot of flying with our two little girls (in fact, we moved when my first child was 17 days old, so I flew with her by myself before she was even a month old!).

Four years and dozens of flights later, I’ve gotten fairly good at airplane travel with my tiny children.

If you’re getting ready to hop on an airplane with a tiny sidekick, here are seven things to ask before that plane takes off!

Flying with Babies

Flying with Babies

8 Things Never to Say to a New Mom

Being a new mom is such a crazy roller coaster ride!

Besides the fact that there was a new person in the world I was completely in love with and totally responsible for, I was also adjusting to a new a schedule and a whole slew of hormones.

Every time I went out in public, people wanted to comment on my baby or ask how things were going. Usually this was delightful, but occasionally people made comments that made me think, “Why would you ever say that to a new mom?”

Here are eight things to avoid saying to a new mommy. Try commenting on how cute that baby is instead.

New Mommy

New Mommy

9 Things To Do Before You Have a New Baby

In those last few weeks before my babies have been due, it’s a weird combination of feeling frantically busy (wash baby clothes! Pack your hospital bag!) and waiting around wondering when my baby will actually make her big debut.

Here are nine things I like to do before the big day to take advantage of the last pre-baby time and also to be ready for when I bring that baby home from the hospital.

Before Your Due Date

Before Your Due Date

10 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

Healthy Halloween Snacks

Halloween season is swiftly approaching which can mean a month of sugar, sugar, sugar.

While I’m happy to let my little girls eat fistfuls of candy on October 31st, I don’t want the whole month to be a never-ending stream of treats.

But I still want to be a fun mom and make the month festive.

These ideas for fun healthy snack options let me be fun without suffering the consequences of a month of hyper toddlers.

Clementine Pumpkins

  1. Ghost Milk. Use black stickers or a black washable marker to draw eyes and a mouth on a clear glass and then fill it up with milk (or, if you’re packing it in a lunch box, remove the label from a milk bottle and draw the face on there!).
  2. Clementine or Orange Pumpkins. You’ve probably seen the peeled clementines with a tiny piece of celery in the top to look like a pumpkin – it’s darling! If that’s too much, just draw a little face on an unpeeled clementine or orange with a pen or marker.
  3. String Cheese Ghosts. Unwrap a piece of string cheese and then shred the bottom half to make wispy ghost ends. Add some raisins or mini chocolate chips as eyes!
  4. Candy Corn Fruit Plates. Use peeled pears, mandarin oranges, and pineapple chunks to make a candy corn shape. Easy and healthy.
  5. Pepper Pumpkins. Cut the top of an orange bell pepper out like you would a pumpkin. Remove the seeds, then carefully cut a face in the front of the pepper. Replace the lid and voila! Tiny jack-o-lantern. For even more fun, fill the pepper with a thick dip like guacamole or hummus.
  6. Spider Web Mini Pizzas. Spread an English muffin with tomato sauce, then use a piece of string cheese to make long strands of cheese and arrange it on top of the sauce in a spiderweb pattern. If you’d like, add a tiny spider or two cut from pepperoni! Bake until the cheese has melted.
  7. Cheese Pumpkin Sandwich. Use a sharp knife to cut a face into a piece of American cheese, then place the cheese slice on a piece of bread.Monster Apple Teeth
  8. Apple Slice Monster Teeth. Cut two thin apple slices, then smear peanut butter on one side of each slice. On one piece, arrange yogurt covered raisins like teeth, then put the other apple slice on top of the raisins with the peanut butter side down.
  9. Spider Plums. Stick eight toothpicks into a plum (four on each side) to make a black spider. Add eyes with chocolate chips or dots of frosting if desired.
  10. Banana Ghosts. Peel a banana and cut it in half to make two little ghosts. Use chocolate chips or raisins to make eyes and a mouth. Serve immediately.
Banana Ghosts

What are your favorite healthy Halloween snacks?

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