25 words a TWO year old Should be Using

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Does my child talk enough?  By age two, your toddler should be talking. Research says your child should be using at least 50 words by the age of two. Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D, put together a list of 25 words (The 25 most common words that toddlers master) that your child should be using by the age of two. If your child is NOT using these words by the age of two or at least the majority of these words, you should have your child evaluated. Call your local school district or talk to your pediatrician to find out how and where to get your child evaluated.  To find out more about speech milestones check out this Month to Month Guide to Baby Babble and Toddler Talk.

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How To Be Prepared For a Family Emergency

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Over the past few weeks, my family has gone through a few very unpredictable events. It has made life a bit harder and quite a bit more crazy! (Hence, the hiatus from the blog world for a few weeks- thanks for hangin’ in there with me!)

It can seem near impossible to be prepared for a family emergency or small crisis. Being admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago, was quite the ordeal for my little family. But, being prepared with these few tips made life a whole lot easier!  By being prepared you can take a lot of stress off yourself and off your children. Having stressed children can cause new problem behaviors, returning problem behaviors, tantrums, depression, anxiety etc. Prevent the majority of these feelings and issues with these simple tips.  These tips are also great to use while getting ready for a new baby and planning for the big day.

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Rules for FANTASTIC Phone Photos [For the Busy Mama!]

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Hello there all you beautiful Momma’s! My name is Sandra Escareno and I am the owner of Ignite Artistry

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I am a Lifestyle and Portrait photographer in northern Utah; but mostly I am a mom! I am in charge of 4 amazing and wild little humans who happen to be my favorite subjects to photograph!

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So obviously, when Alexandra contacted me to write a guest post on photography tips for Moms, I was super stoked!

My original thoughts were to tell you how to work the settings on your camera to get the best photos possible…but then…I dropped my camera in Yellowstone half way through my amazing family vacation!

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Zipadeezip Slumber Sack ||Miracle Product||+ Zippy Giveaway!

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Let me tell you about a product that has completely changed mine and my family’s life!! Ready?? Drum Roll Please…………………...The Zipadeezip Slumber Sack!!!! And I am BEYOND excited to be teaming up with Sleeping Baby for an awesome Zippy giveaway!!! One Lucky Person will win ONE Zippy of their choice!!! (Keep reading for the Giveaway!) Oh my..YES Please! You may be asking yourself, “What is a Zippy?” Well, let me tell you!

“The Zipadee-Zip wearable blanket is loved by sleep experts, doctors, pediatricians and parents everywhere because it provides a womb-like environment but still allows a baby to have full range of movement so that a baby can roll over and wiggle around safely and freely. Babies can even pick up and put in their pacifier or play with a toy while wearing one! It prevents the risk of hip dysplasia, keeps loose blankets out of the crib and is also safe to be worn while a baby is buckled into a car seat or stroller! It’s also perfect for keeping germs at bay on airplanes, in doctor’s offices and in grocery stores!” 

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How to Use First/Then Behavior Charts + Free Printable!!!

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First/Then charts are one of my favorite behavior aids! They are easy to use and easy for kids to understand! It can be SO hard for our tiny humans to grasp the concept of First/Then. “FIRST we are eating dinner, THEN you can play outside”.  When really, all they heard was, “play outside”. By using a “First/Then” chart you can help them understand by giving them a visual.

First/Then charts are also amazing to use as simple picture schedules. For many children, especially those with disabilities, having a visual picture schedule is CRUCIAL! By using a First/Then schedule your kids will be able to anticipate what is going to happen next. This in itself can eliminate many problem behaviors.

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