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+.

How a Video Monitor Can Change Everything

I tend to be something of a minimalist parent.

One thing I didn’t think we needed was a baby monitor. For almost four years, we went without one.

Baby Monitor

Baby Monitor

7 Reasons I Love a Booster Seat

At Christmas, we bought our one-year-old a booster seat so she could sit at the table with us. She LOVED it and mealtime immediately became a much happier time for all of us.

Here are seven reasons I’m a huge fan:

Sometimes You Just Need a Little Alone Time

You might read that title and think I’m talking about me, as the mama.

And certainly I do treasure my alone time.

But I’ve discovered that both of my girls crave a little time and space of their own too.

Quiet Time

5 Ways to Keep the 5 p.m. Crazies at Bay

I don’t know what it is about 5 p.m., but it seems like most children just seem to fall apart about that time.

Right as I’m trying to get the house picked up and dinner going, those little ones just want to be held, snuggled, or lay on the floor and cry.

5pm Crazies

Over the years, I’ve learned some tricks to make that hour of the day go a little more smoothly for all of us:

5pm Crazies

4 Reasons I Love My Babies' Stuffed Lovies

I don’t remember having anything I slept with as a child (although I distinctly remember that both of my younger brothers had blankets they loved).

When I had children of my own, I didn’t give much thought to whether or not they would have something special to snuggle with when they went to bed.

And yet now both of my girls have a beloved thing they love to have at bedtime (my older daughter favors one of these plush blanket dolls, while my younger daughter sleeps with a little stuffed dog).

And I love that they have them! Here are four reasons I think they are a lifesaver.

Plush Dog

Plush Dog
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