5 Nursing Mama Must Haves

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Nursing has always been a little bit of a challenge for me. It hasn’t come easily with either of my boys. But, it is something I love and am passionate about! I don’t know if nursing is just something that comes easy for anyone…..if it comes extremely easy for you then just know that I am JEALOUS!

Even if nursing isn’t easy for you, or if you only plan on doing it for a short while, there are some awesome things that can make your nursing life a lot more enjoyable! If you decide to not nurse, or nursing doesn’t work out for you…ITS OKAY!!!!!!! Breast is Best  FED IS BEST!!!! 

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Bake with your Toddler…and ENJOY it!

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Baking with a toddler…..does that sentence make you cringe? Don’t worry…you are not alone! It can be messy and quite frankly..you may not come out with anything edible. BUT… baking or cooking with your toddler is a great way to build many skills! It is a fantastic learning opportunity and it is a blast!! Not to mention, it is a great excuse to make some yummy treats!!! I LOVE this Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch! There is not better time than the Holidays to start teaching them some important and memorable skills in the kitchen! With these quick tips you will be well on your way to baking or cooking with your toddler and enjoying it!!!

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How to Encourage Pretend Play

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pretend play coverIn the early Toddler months, your child should start to engage in “pretend play”. Pretend play is that awesome time when your child brings you imaginary cookies, plays with dolls (bathes, feeds, comforts) talks to toys, interacts and plays with toys approriatly etc…. Pretend play is a very important time in your child’s life and opens the door to many more imaginary opportunities later in life!

Pretend play should also be important to you!!! It helps with your child’s development, practices and teaches problem solving, teaches story telling, increases language (Especially adult world language- think, “Bye Daddy, I’m going to work”) and most of all….keeps them from getting bored!!!

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Homemade Shiny Paint [Paint that dries WET!]

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Shiny paint…what is shiny paint? Um it’s the easiest paint to make and it gives such a fun twist to your kids paint! It leave the paint looking shiny or wet! But, it is dry!! Fun right!?!

So here is what you will need:

  • Non-toxic Child safe Paint
  • Lite Corn Syrup

And that is IT! Yes, two ingredients!

How to do it:

Combine equal parts corn syrup and paint in a small bowl.  (I like to add a little extra corn syrup to mines a little more shiny).Stir until well combined. Your paint will be more fluid and runny. But that’s how you want it! If you want your paint to be a little more shiny, add more corn syrup! But, be aware that if you add too much corn syrup you will end up with a sticky picture in the end!

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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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