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+.

Sometimes You Need a Big Sister

My younger daughter, Ani, is definitely a mama’s girl. She loves to cuddle and sit on my lap and generally is my little pal.

But sometimes, there’s nothing like a big sister.

A few weeks ago, my older daughter (who is nearly 4) was painting her toenails. Ani seemed really interested, so I asked her if she wanted me to paint hers.

She shook her head violently “no” and ran away.

But then, when I’d moved away a little bit, she quietly came back and sat down next to her big sister and let her paint every one of her toenails.

And then put her tiny hands down in front of Ella and let her do her fingernails too.

It may not have been the neatest paint job I’ve ever seen, but it was certainly one of the sweetest.

Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Fourth of July

I love to make the holidays extra-special for my little ones.

These nine recipes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert, and they’re all sure to make your little child smile. They make ME smile!

Flag Toast

Red, White and Blue Outfits for Your Baby

There’s nothing quite like dressing your baby up for the holidays.

These red, white, and blue pieces from Disney Baby are perfect for the Fourth of July! Celebrate in style with these darling outfits for little boys and girls:

Glitter Bow Bodysuit

An Indoor Summer Activity for the Whole Family

This summer, our family has discovered bowling.

I don’t know why it never struck me before that this was an ideal outing even with the under-two crowd, but it’s perfect.

Bowling with a Toddler

Summer Inspired Baby Names

My first baby was born smack in the middle of summer (and I was living in an apartment with no air-conditioning).

At the time, I didn’t even consider using a summer-inspired name, but now, as summer takes the stage, I’m loving the idea of a name that reflects this sunny time of year:

Rocket Fuel