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+.

Would You Reprimand Someone Else's Child?

I am a pretty laid-back parent and I’m also extremely non-confrontational (any confrontation at all makes my heart pound).

So, if you’d asked me a few weeks ago if I’d have told someone else’s child in a public place to stop acting in a certain way, I am almost sure the answer would have been, “No way!”

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Playground

What Was the First Item You Bought for Your New Baby?

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me Mickey Mouse crib shoes for free.

I’m not a huge shopper and as a mama, I definitely veer toward the minimalist end of the spectrum. I didn’t buy ANY clothing for my first daughter until she was almost 6 months old because we got so many hand-me-downs and gifts from friends.

But there’s something special about whatever that first purchase you make for your baby is, whether it is clothing or the perfect stroller or a pack of diapers.

Disney Baby Robeez Shoes

Do You Dress Up for Thanksgiving Dinner?

In my family growing up, we always had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner, complete with china, cloth napkins, and candles.

We didn’t get totally dressed up (no ties for my dad and brothers, and dresses weren’t required for us girls), but it was definitely not a sweatpants kind of affair and there were usually not a lot of jeans or t-shirts at dinner.

Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Infant & Toddler Girl's Sequin Top & Leggings

10 Baby Names My Husband Vetoed!

One of the questions we’ve gotten most since announcing that we were expecting another baby this fall is “do you have a name picked out?”

The truth is, names are really really difficult for my husband and me. We both have strong opinions about names and a lot of criteria (easy to pronounce and spell, unusual but not weird or made up, and, of course, fit with our two older daughters names).

We had a girl name picked out for our first child for nearly five years before she was born, but with our second daughter, we didn’t settle on a name for her until just a few weeks before her birth. When we found out that a third baby was on the way, we had absolutely no names for either girls or boys.

Baby Name Veto

3 Tips for Keeping Baby Warm in Chilly Weather

On Halloween day, I took my girls to the park. We’re spending the fall in London, so I was anticipating it would be pretty chilly, but the weather has been beautiful.

On that particular day, both of my girls wore shorts, since the weather was in the 70s.

By the time we walked home, I was hot even with just a scarf and a light t-shirt!

But over the weekend, the weather took a definite cold turn and now it looks like winter is definitely on its way.

Disney Girls Red Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Hooded Full Zip Pram
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