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+.

5 Ways to Keep the 5 p.m. Crazies at Bay

I don’t know what it is about 5 p.m., but it seems like most children just seem to fall apart about that time.

Right as I’m trying to get the house picked up and dinner going, those little ones just want to be held, snuggled, or lay on the floor and cry.

5pm Crazies

Over the years, I’ve learned some tricks to make that hour of the day go a little more smoothly for all of us:

5pm Crazies

4 Reasons I Love My Babies' Stuffed Lovies

I don’t remember having anything I slept with as a child (although I distinctly remember that both of my younger brothers had blankets they loved).

When I had children of my own, I didn’t give much thought to whether or not they would have something special to snuggle with when they went to bed.

And yet now both of my girls have a beloved thing they love to have at bedtime (my older daughter favors one of these plush blanket dolls, while my younger daughter sleeps with a little stuffed dog).

And I love that they have them! Here are four reasons I think they are a lifesaver.

Plush Dog

Plush Dog

My Five Must-Have Maternity Pieces

My youngest sister recently announced that she’s expecting her first baby (hooray!), and it has me thinking about the maternity clothing that I found most useful.

Sadly, all my maternity clothing is packed up in boxes on the other side of the country for the next eight months, so I can’t lend her my work-horse pieces, but at least I can share my wisdom gained over two pregnancies of what’s worth the money.

A solid dress

The Cutest Polka Dots for Your Baby

Polka dots are wildly popular right now.

But, of course, Minnie Mouse already knew that.

These polka dot baby clothing and accessories are too cute – you and your little one will both love this happy print!

Ruffled Coverall

5 Amazing Fourth of July Popsicles Your Little Ones Will Love

There’s nothing more summery than the Fourth of July, is there?

Parades, shorts and sandals, and, of course, a popsicle.

Your little one will be over the moon for these festive popsicles (and frankly, so will everyone else – they’re both pretty and delicious!):

American Flag Pops
Rocket Fuel