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 Tips for Looking Good in Hospital Photos

If there is ever a moment when the cameras come out in full-force, it’s when your baby makes the big debut.

Of course, as the mother, it’s not necessarily the most photogenic moment of your life.

But since so many photos are taken in that first day or two, I think it’s usually worth making at least a little effort to look halfway decent so you don’t want to burn every photo from your baby’s first moments on earth.

Looking decent at the hospital

Here are five tips I’ve picked up over my last two deliveries and that I’m planning on using when my third baby is born next month:

Looking decent at the hospital

Why I'm Less Stressed About the Transition from Two Kids to Three

When I was expecting my second baby, I had all those fears that a second-time mom has. Will I love this baby as much? How will I handle two children? Have I ruined everything by getting pregnant again?

Now that I’m close to having my third baby, I’ve noticed that I’m much less stressed about adding a new member to our family, even though my husband and I will now be outnumbered by tiny munchkins.

Two children

Here are three reasons why:

Two children

6 Things I'm Buying New for Our Third Child

With a third daughter on the way, there isn’t a lot of new baby gear we need.

We have enough baby girl clothes to start a boutique, we have a double stroller, a carseat cover, and toys and blankets galore.

But, even on a third child, there are a few things you still need to get. Here are six things I’m planning on buying for our new baby:

5 Tips for Helping Your Toddler Deal with Jet Lag

Last week, a few days before my younger daughter turned two, we flew back from London after spending a semester there for my husband’s MBA program.

Toddlers and Jet Lag

Of course, the 14-hour flight was only the beginning. Once we were back in the States, then it was time to deal with jet lag as we worked with an 8-hour time difference.

If holiday travel is in your plans, here are a couple of tricks for making the transition a little easier:

Toddlers and Jet Lag

9 Ideas for Sibling Names That Go Together

It can be fun to have all the children in your family have names that go together in some way. Over the years, I’ve seen lots of families choose names for their children that go together in some way. Some themes are subtle, while others are more obvious. Would you do it?

Themed Family Names
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