It's the story of our lives. We are busy with work, school, little league, church... the list goes on and on. We're so busy that we often don't take the time to enjoy the most important things in life-- each other. The bonds within a family go beyond the fulfillment of any career or extra-curricular activity though, so we're here to encourage you to plan a night to focus on the family and, of course, have some fun!
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Our Favorite Family Game Night Ideas
1. Become bilingual: Choose a game that enables your children (and yourself) to practice a new language. Who says learning can't be fun?
2. Get the creative juices flowing: This unique game encourages all family members to write a story by building on the ideas of others.
3. Think you've run out of ideas?: Here's a list of over 100 entertaining family home activities. We think it will take you a while to get through all of these, which means there won't be a dull moment in your house anytime soon.
4. A-B-C, easy as 1-2-3: Another opportunity to brush up your children's school lessons, this game is fun for kids of all ages, as it requires both skill and strategy.
5. Playtime in the great outdoors, or indoors: Whether you choose to do your family bonding within the comfort of your home or not, realize the significant impact that a little time spent together can have on you, your spouse and the itty bitties.
-The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella
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Keeping an itty bitty entertained is a challenge. Keeping an itty bitty, little man occupied is a true feat! With so many energy and the ability to keep it for hours on end, it can be a daunting task to entertain your little boy. We had a feeling that you might be looking for a few good toys to not only busy him, but help him learn and develop, so we compiled a list of our five favorite toys for your favorite boys. Move over, G.I. Joe-- this collection of must-have playtime accessories is just what the mama ordered!
Top 5 Toys for Boys
5. Concrete Mixer or Helicopter Magnamobiles
Who says creativity is for the girls? These wooden automobiles give your guy a chance to put his design skills to use, moving and shifting each magnetic shape to create the perfect truck or helicopter for all of his adventures. The magnetic pieces connect and move easily, so there's never a dull moment and he can build each piece all by himself.
4. Robots or Pirates Magnetic Figure Set
Ahoy, matey! Give your itty bitty an excuse to venture to a faraway land with this magnetic figure set. Featuring cutout figures in the shape of everything from robots to pirates and a variety of background settings, he'll love every minute of pairing pieces together to create the perfect scene in his own imaginative adventure.
3. Little Copter and Dump Truck
This pint-sized helicopter and dump truck were created for the littlest of men, bringing creativity and motor skill enhancement into playtime. The wooden pieces are not only perfect for encouraging him to tell his own story, but they'll improve his coordination, balance and physical strength, too. Start the adventures at an early age-- this toy is great for infants as young as 10 months old!
2. Nesting Blocks
Created from basic cardboard, this set of blocks is a great way to teach the boys their ABC's and 1-2-3's during playtime. As durable as they are fun, the blocks combine the bright colors and shapes of modern art with the necessary skills that every Mommy and Daddy strive to teach their child. Better yet, they are printed with vegetable-based inks to ensure ultimate safety and health for everyone involved!
1. Tegu Blocks and Wheels
With a set of these blocks and wheels, your little buddy will stay busy for hours on end. The colors and shapes make for an eye-catching collection of supplies perfect for building whatever his little heart desires, and with magnetic attachments on each piece, constructing the machine of his dreams has never been easier (or more fun)!
Nothing says playtime like the ability to entertain and challenge your child's cognitive development all at once. If things are a little too quiet, don't worry. He's probably just busy with his brand new toys!
-The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella
As your little girl grows, you'll find it more and more imperative that the toys that keep her entertained are quality products designed to do more than just keeping her busy for a few minutes. We know she'll always love that baby doll, but eventually you'll probably find the need for additional toys to add to the collection. The truth is, we live in a world full of toys that may not actually bring value to your child's development, but never fear- that's why we're here! Itty Bitty Bella has a fabulous collection of playtime supplies to keep your princess entertained without sacrificing important skills to develop her motor abilities, creativity and imagination.
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... allow us to introduce you to our top 5 toys for the lovely little ladies in your life!
Top 5 Toys for Girls
5. Tegu Magnetic Blocks-Tints
Inspire the mind of your sweet girl with this set of fun and colorful wooden blocks. With a variety of shapes and sizes in each set, these are sure to help develop a vivid imagination, unleashing creativity and giving your child the pride of constructing her very own masterpiece. Best of all, each block is made of natural materials and supports sustainability of our environment.
4. Automoblox Mini Sports Car
Who says race cars are just for boys? This wooden mini car is perfect for giving your gal lots of fun adventures. Created from wood and complete with a universal connector system, itty bitties will be challenged to create their own version of race car that is sure to keep them occupied mile after mile.
3. Wooden Magnetic Shapes-Sweet Treats
Channel your sweetheart's domestic side with these magnetic sweet treats. She'll love playing kitchen or bakery while arranging these toys on any simple surface (think refrigerator), and with over thirty magnets in each set, she won't be saying "I'm bored" anytime soon.
2. Hug & Hide Lamb Activity Toy
Need something to keep your littlest princess occupied? This toy is perfect for baby, featuring 10 developmental activities within it's compact size. She'll love the sweet lamb shape, the plush texture and the variety of activities within this sweet lamb. It will take her from nap time to playtime with ease and lots of fun!
1. Fairytale Spinner Game
Give your child the gift of a board game that inspires their imagination and competitive spirit! This game make family game night even more fun thanks to its fun characters and fairytale theme. She'll be able to create her own story with each turn, choosing everything from setting to characters for each scene.
Why not enjoy a little play time with your princess? We're certain that you'll make a memory or two!
-The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella
It's the time of year when many of us find ourselves attending spring celebrations. From weddings to baby showers, the "gifts to buy" list can often seem never-ending, and the budget doesn't seem to be getting any larger, either. No need to stress though, because we've compiled a list of budget-friendly baby gifts that will make the special mommy-to-be in your life feel extra special when her shower rolls around. Now sit back, relax and allow us to introduce you to our favorite gifts under $50.
10. Sleep Sheep on-the-go with Angel Dear Lovie
Give the brand new little something to snuggle with while on the go with Mom. This sweet and plush lovie is perfect for toting through the carpool line, and it will quickly become baby's new security blanket with its soothing sounds and cuddly texture.
9. Kissy Kissy Clothing
Every itty bitty needs the gift of style! Kissy Kissy's ensembles are perfect for getting a fashionable wardrobe started early, and the outfits are super functional, too. We love the look of this little romper that will grow and move as baby does.
8. Blooming Bath
Make bathtime fun for mommy and baby with the latest in tub technology. The blooming bath features an ultra plush terry material that fits perfectly into a sink or tub and expands to fit baby's growing body. It can be thrown in the dryer after use, making it as convenient as it is cute.
7. Aden and Anais New Easy Swaddle
By now most moms understand the importance of swaddling to keep their baby cozy during times of rest. With so many other things to remember, she'll definitely appreciate you making wrapping baby up more simple than ever; this easy swaddle requires only a quick couple of steps and no folding or tucking. Just like that, the sweet babe is ready for bedtime!
6. "Welcome Baby" Keepsake Book
Baby's first year passes far too quickly to go without documentation. This fun book gives the new parents a chance to mark all of their little one's milestones, and there are even fun colors and images to go along with the most precious words and moments. This is one gift Mom and Dad will treasure forever!
5. Chewbeads Necklace and Bracelet
There will come a time when Mom can't keep her favorite necklaces and bracelets out of baby's mouth, but there's no need for the sacrifice of style when that occurs. These fun rubber beaded pieces will give baby the perfect soother for their sore gums, all the while keeping Mom well-accessorized and fabulous.
4. Skip Hop Puppy Hooded Towel and Washcloth with Spout Cover
Bathtime is a necessity, but there's no reason to treat it like a duty! This hooded towel and spout cover combo make bathtime extra fun for that sweet little angel, giving them a chance to play with the water and snuggle up in a cozy puppy towel afterwards. When baby is clean and happy, Mom's life becomes that much easier!
3. Hooter Hider
Let's face it- breast feeding is a practice that may shake up Mom's routine just a bit. Help her to adjust quickly and stay on-the-go with the help of this fantastic breast feeding cover. Made of durable, stylish fabric, Mom can run her errands and simply throw this over her and baby when mealtime comes calling.
2. Tickle Monster Laughter Kit
It's never too early to prepare for playtime! The Tickle Monster Kit is the perfect way to encourage laughter and imagination from any tiny tot, and the entertainment that Mom and baby will share during time spent together is truly priceless!