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+.

3 Tips for Keeping Baby Warm in Chilly Weather

On Halloween day, I took my girls to the park. We’re spending the fall in London, so I was anticipating it would be pretty chilly, but the weather has been beautiful.

On that particular day, both of my girls wore shorts, since the weather was in the 70s.

By the time we walked home, I was hot even with just a scarf and a light t-shirt!

But over the weekend, the weather took a definite cold turn and now it looks like winter is definitely on its way.

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10 Easy Breakfast Ideas for Mamas and Toddlers

I’ve never been much of a breakfast eater, but the moment my girls wake up, they want breakfast (and they want it now!).

And since I’m pregnant, I’ve discovered that I’m actually fairly ravenous the moment my feet touch the floor in the morning too.

Of course, you want to start the day out for both of you with something healthy, and you also probably don’t want to spend a lot of time getting it ready.

Here are 10 of our favorite breakfast ideas, whether you want something you can prep ahead or can make in five minutes in the morning. And whether you like to start the day with something savory or something sweet, there’s something for you on this list!

Easy and healthy breakfast ideas

Easy and healthy breakfast ideas

5 Reasons We Aren't Ditching the Pacifier

When my oldest daughter was a baby, I spent a ridiculous amount of nights lying awake in bed wondering how we’d ever get rid of the pacifier.

Jet Lagged Children

For the next few years, my husband and I tossed around the idea of ditching it at various points but always decided against it until she was nearly three and a half, and then we finally got rid of it in one day, with minimal tears and no emergency runs to the store to grab another one. All that worry for nothing!

Now my second daughter is approaching her second birthday in just over a month and we have no plans to get rid of her beloved pacifier. I don’t know if she’ll keep hers as long as her older sister did, but for these reasons, I’m not stressing about it (and I’m certainly not losing sleep over it this time around).

Jet Lagged Children

10 Turkey-Shaped Treats for Thanksgiving

A turkey carved for the dinner table might not be the cutest thing you see at Thanksgiving, but these turkey-shaped treats are absolutely darling.

Whether you want something healthy or decadent, complicated or simple, one of these 10 is sure to fit the bill. Wait until your little one sees these!

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5 Tips for Parenting as an Introvert

Recently, a friend of mine commented that, as an extrovert, having an introverted child was one of the most difficult things she’d done.

I fall on the opposite end of the scale – I’m definitely an introvert.

Almost all of my favorite activities are solitary ones – reading, cooking, photography, blogging, and crafting. I enjoy being around other people, but I prefer small groups to big parties, and I have to really prep myself for social events (and I’m always glad to come home afterward and spend some quality time with a book). Solitary time is what is the most recharging and energizing for me.

So parenting small children can be a challenge for me, because it is exhausting to spend so much time around people, even people I love as much as my two little girls. The constant chatter and interaction can really drain me quickly if I’m not careful.

Kids in Brighton

Over the years, I’ve learned some secrets for keeping myself from going insane and getting some of the quiet time I need to be a good mom. Here are five of my favorite:

Kids in Brighton
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