I am obviously a fan of Janssen's. If you hang around Freckles in April for any period of time you'll see her name pop up repeatedly. She's one of my best friends but she also writes a wonderful, useful blog. In honor of her birthday (next week!) here are 5 reasons you should be reading Everyday Reading:
1. Book recommendations. With very few exceptions (I am apparently not such a fan of historical fiction), I have loved every single one of the books Janssen has recommended on her blog. She has a knack for picking out the kind of books that stay with you, inspire you to be better, and make you fall deeply and weirdly in love with fictional teenage boys.
2. Excellent recipes. Historically, Aaron has not been quite so gung-ho about hopping on the healthy eating train as I have been. It's been really nice that Janssen and I decided to make some dietary changes around the same time a couple years ago. I can trust that anything she posts on her blog will be worth my time to make and odds are good that it will also be decently healthy. At the same time, she won't judge you for getting a Sonic shake once or twice a month (...or week). The woman knows the value of a good dessert.
3. She's frugal. You won't see a recommendation for a $97 t-shirt on Everyday Reading. If she posts about a product, you can bet it will be well within your budget (with room to spare).
|BABIES, I tell you! From when I flew to Vegas for a whirlwind visit in 2008.|
4. She's authentic. I spend a lot of time talking to Janssen. A LOT. Plus we occasionally take trips to visit each other and make our online friendship seem a little less weird. So I can confidently tell you that the person on the blog is the real Janssen. That's her voice, her priorities, her opinions there on the page. Which leads me to-
5. She's honest and has integrity. Janssen and I frequently have discussions about bloggers whose product reviews we can't trust. Some of them openly admit, when you talk off the record, that they didn't love the product they glowingly reviewed on their blog. You won't get that with Janssen. If you see a product or book review on her blog you know you can trust it. She's not afraid to give a so-so or negative review when it's merited.
When we were brainstorming for our Out for a Spin series, we talked about contacting one company for a possible review item. Janssen's blog has seen some really impressive growth over the past year and I'm fairly confident that, had she asked, the company would have been thrilled to work with her. Then I asked her if she could honestly give a potentially negative review to a company that she had contacted first. She said no. We decided we would just use our own hard-earned cash to buy the products for the post so that we would feel free to give unbiased reviews. It's really nice to be friends and collaborate with someone for whom honesty and integrity is such a priority on her blog and in real life.
Now, go add Everyday Reading to your feed reader. You will be mega glad.
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