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+.

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

Tips for Spending Alone Time with Your Second Child

My oldest child got a ton of one-on-one time with me. She was my only child, I was a stay-at-home mom, and her life was basically one long session of time with me.

And then my second child was born, and suddenly there was a lot of competition for my attention. Because my younger daughter napped more, I still had a lot of time with just my older child, but squeezing in time with just my second child has proved to be tricky.

I’m getting a little better at it as she gets older, though. Here are a few ways I’ve figured out how to make it work:

One-on-one time with a second child

One-on-one time with a second child

5 Ways Two Kids Are Easier Than One

In some ways, adding a second child to the family is a big adjustment. Now you’re juggling two personalities and the needs of two tiny children. And you have to learn all about what your new baby is like, and help your older child navigate a new place in the family. It’s not for wimps!

But every now and then, I look at my two little girls and think, “This is actually easier than having one baby was!”

Two Kids

Two Kids
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