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+.

My Parenting Christmas Wishlist

My girls are dreaming of toys and candy for Christmas morning.

As a parent, though, the things I’d like most aren’t easily wrapped under the tree.

Here are five things I’d be delighted to get for Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

15 Disney Baby Gifts Under $10

The holidays are here and everyone has gift giving on their minds.

If you have a little one, here are fifteen great suggestions that all cost less than $10.

Expect some big happy baby grins when the wrapping comes off these:

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7 Ways I Know My 2-Year-Old Isn't a Baby Anymore

My second daughter definitely still seems like my baby, even though she turned two this week.

She still naps, and uses a pacifier, and loves to be rocked before going to bed while I sing to her (she’s definitely baby enough not to recognize that my voice is pretty poor).

But then I recognize she’s probably not actually a baby anymore.

Paris Swings

4 Ways I Know Ani is a Second Child

One of the fun things about having a second child is watching how they react to their place in the family line-up.

Sometimes I look at Ani and I think, “You are such a second child!”

Second Child

Here are a few things I notice about her that seem to be a result of her being the little sister:

Second Child

5 Pieces of Advice About Baby Gear

I remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter and a friend of mine who was also expecting her first mentioned on Facebook that she’d made an enormous spreadsheet comparing every brand and type of stroller with reviews, prices, and features.

Suddenly, I felt terribly panicked that I hadn’t spent hours researching the perfect stroller. My husband and I had found a smoking deal on a travel system stroller (one of those sets that comes with a carseat, a carseat base, and a stroller that the carseat can snap into) and had gone ahead and purchased it without spending any mental energy worrying about it.

Baby Gear

Since then, I’ve realized how stressful the whole baby gear purchase process can be for new parents. There are so many options, and so many opinions on everything, from bigger items like cribs, strollers, and carseats, down to the tiniest items like baby shoes and hair bows. It can feel utterly paralyzing to make a decision on any of them.

If you’re an expecting mama looking at all the options available to you, here are five things to keep in mind and hopefully help you feel more excited about these fun purchases rather than overwhelmed and intimidated.

(And that stroller system we bought? Worked perfectly for us for two babies in a row!)

Baby Gear
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