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+.

Coming Home to the Bath Toys

We spent the last eight months traveling abroad, and now have finally arrived back to our home and belongings in North Carolina.

I knew my little girls would be excited about opening up boxes of their favorite toys and books and having their play kitchen and bikes back, but I was surprised by what they were most thrilled about.

The day after we moved back in, I ushered both girls into the bathroom for a bath. Just the idea of a bath alone was semi-novel after living in a tiny London apartment with only a shower, but when they saw their bucket full of bath toys, you’d have thought I’d just presented them with a trunk of gold coins.

Nemo Bath Toys

Nemo Bath Toys

4 Reasons I Love The Post-Delivery Hospital Stay

My youngest sister just had her first baby this week and we got plenty of updates from the hospital, including tons of pictures of her darling new baby boy.

All of the hospital backgrounds reminded me that my own hospital stay for delivery is coming up next month and I started thinking about the things I like most about those couple of days of being in the hospital.

The best things about a hospital stay

The best things about a hospital stay

5 Ways I Know I'm Nearing the End of My Pregnancy

I’m in the final-ish stretch of this pregnancy (less than six weeks to go!) and I’m definitely starting to feel it.

In case the constantly moving baby wasn’t reminder enough, these five things mean I never got more than a few minutes without remembering that I’m super close to the end of being pregnant!

End of Pregnancy

End of Pregnancy

How to Help an Older Sibling Adjust to a New Baby

Aside from the regular worries about if you’ll love a second child as much as the first, one of the biggest concerns with a second baby is how the older sibling will adjust.

New Sibling

We added a second child to our  family two years ago and a third will join us sometime next month.

Our first two girls have always gotten along really well and had a relatively smooth relationship since the beginning, and I’m hoping to make sure the addition of a third girl is equally smooth.

Here are a few things that have seemed to help that older child welcome the new baby into the family:

New Sibling

5 Things That Aren't a Big Deal When It's Your Own Child

Before I had children, I’d see adults doing parent-related things and think “That is so gross!”

But when you’re the mom or dad, and it’s your own sweet baby, suddenly some of those things don’t phase you at all.

Baby in Huggies

Here are some things I’ve noticed don’t phase me at all now that I’m the mama:

Baby in Huggies
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