Janssen

Yes, Janssen is my real name. I live in Austin, Texas, where I revel in the warm weather year-round. I used to be an elementary school librarian in Boston; now I stay home with my toddler daughter, Ella, with another little girl on the way at the end of the year. I cook a lot and like to pretend that I'm crafty.

How to Make Your Own Maternity Jeans

Almost two years ago, I broke the zipper on a pair of my jeans (I've never done this before or since, happily), and I thought, "WHAT could you possibly do with a pair of jeans with a broken zipper?" And then I remembered that I'd made myself a pair of maternity jeans once upon a time, and this pair might be a chance for me to do it again, now that I knew a little better what I was doing. So I stashed them away for many many months until I was pregnant again....more
Thank you sooooo much for this! I just converted a pair of slightly too big shorts into ...more

29 Books to Read With Your Book Club

Is there anything that puts fear into your heart like having to choose a book for bookclub? I think not. But then, maybe you are a bit braver than I am. Nothing puts fear into MY heart like that annual sign-up sheet. Here are 29 titles I would recommend for book clubs - books that I think most people will enjoy reading, ones that will spark interesting discussions, and ones that you'll feel good about having forced other people to read. ...more
I would definitely add The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom to that list.  It is an oldie, but a ...more