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 Ways I Can Tell My Little Girls Are City Kids

I’ve always lived in the suburbs, from the time I was born through the first four years of being a parent.

This fall, though, our family moved to London for a semester while my husband does an exchange program with the London Business School.

We live in central London and for the first time, all of us are experiencing living right in the middle of a big city.

The girls have made the transition from suburbs to city pretty well, and it’s funny to see them live life as little city kids at least temporarily.

Here are six ways I know they are city kids (even if they probably won’t remember much of this experience):

City Kids

Do You Want Both a Boy and a Girl?

A couple of years ago, I was in the grocery store checkout line, visibly pregnant, and the friendly cashier asked me if I knew what I was having.

I told her that I was having a girl.

She looked over at my 2-year-old daughter sitting in the front of the cart, sighed, and said, “Well, I guess two girls could be fun too. I guess you’ll have to try for a third so you can have a boy.”

Snuggle Up with Baby Slippers

In London, the weather has definitely taken a turn for the cold and rainy, after weeks of beautiful fall weather.

Suddenly, my little girls are obsessed with the idea of slippers (and since my toes feel chilly too, I can’t blame them!).

Disney has a ridiculously cute lineup of baby slippers this year, perfect for newborns to 2-year-olds. I especially love the Dumbo ones; do they come in my size?

Minnie Mouse Plush Slippers

A Baby Who Needs Alone Time

I’m definitely an introvert, and so I’m not surprised to see that both of my girls need a little alone time when they’re feeling overwhelmed or tired.

Of course, because they are little, they don’t always recognize that they need it, and as a parent, I’ve learned to suggest it to them when I can tell they are spiraling out of control.

Alone time for toddlers

10 Super Cute Pumpkin-Shaped Treats

Pumpkin-flavored everything may be the star of the show on Pinterest during October and November, but my vote goes for items shaped like those bright orange vegetables. You’ll definitely rocket to the top of the fun moms list.

Whether you’re looking for dinner, dessert, or a snack, or something simple to more elaborate, these 10 pumpkin-shaped recipes have you covered!

It’s hard to decide which one is the cutest:

Pumpkin Bread Cake Balls
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