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Planning a Birthday Party

Jun 10, 2011 | By Cari Hale
There's no shortage of Dora the Explorer plates and Backyardigans napkins at the big box stores, but if you're looking to be a bit more creative with your children's birthday parties you might as well start here.

Whether they're turning 1 or 10, planning a party can be a lot of work. It most certainly helps if you have a theme to work from, but how do you even choose the theme?! Going off your children's likes and interests is a great place to start, but it's fun to take it a bit father too.

Here's some great birthday party theme's we're loving right now.

Scavenger Hunt

For older kids, plan a scavenger hunt that takes them around the neighborhood, and for younger kids plan a hunt that takes them around your home, yard or local park. Consider having the clues relate to a favorite interest of birthday boy/girl and the end prize be the "treat bags" that each child will take home.

Along the hunt there can be clues that lead to game stations, friendly contests, crafts or similar activities. Have each child come dressed as detectives and ready to search out their clues!

Tea Party

This is a favorite among us girls! Whether at your home, a park or a  nearby tea house, any girl will love getting her friends together for an afternoon filled with girl talk, tea, cookies and all things "girl". For entertainment, try playing the Tea Party Game, doing a simple craft (such as paint a ceramic tea pot and cups) or decorating t-shirts. Older girls might even love having tea tasting stations filled with different flavored teas. (Play a matching game and have the attendants guess what flavor of tea they are sampling!)

Chefs for a Day

Check and see if any family restaurants in your area will host a cooking party (smaller, independently owned restaurants are more apt to offer this than large chains). The kids can enjoy a tour of the kitchen, refrigerators, etc. and then practice being a chef as they make their own pizzas or dress hamburgers in the restaurant kitchen.

If there is not a restaurant in your area that offers services such as those, no worries you can turn your own kitchen into a restaurant for the day! Have different stations set up so kids can make their own appetizers, meal and dessert. For example: have kids mix a dip or dressing for a fruit salad, or veggies, have them roll out dough (previously made) for pizzas and then top it, and finish it up with them icing their own cupcakes or cookies. While everything is cooking have food-related games ready for the kids to play. (Such as memory, Jeopardy, decorate their own place-mat or melamine plate)

Spa Party

Gather the girls together for an afternoon (or evening) of nail painting, hair do's, makeup, and pedicures! The girls will love performing the services on each other, while watching a favorite movie or listening to their favorite songs. Send each girl home with a manicure set- nail polish, oil, nail file and a yummy scented lotion. If you dare, you could even allow the girls to have a sleep over and enjoy a delicious breakfast with them in the morning!

Camp-out Party

The boys will love this! Set up a tent in your backyard or a nearby campground and listen to the boys tell ghost stories all night long! Roast hot dogs and marshmallows, sing camp songs, teach the boys how to build a fire or how to set up a tent. Before it gets too dark have fun outdoor games ready such as a 3-legged race, water balloons (weather permitting), and capture the flag.

- The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella

Raise a Book to Reading

May 13, 2011 | By Cari Hale
We were all taught to read as kids, but today more than ever there is a huge push for reading to and with your children and giving them to skills they need to love reading. Perhaps it's because of our internet, high-tech, digital age that we're feeling the big push to return to books? Maybe so, but no matter what it is that's causing the trend we're all on board at Itty Bitty Bella.

I Love Monkey Discovery Kit
(The I Love Monkey Discovery Kit comes with the plush monkey- the main character in the book!)

Not only is reading a great way to gain knowledge, increase vocabulary and foster imagination, it's an excellent way to bond with your children. You can (and should, according to most experts) begin reading to your unborn children while they are still in the womb. Not only will you feel closer to them, they will be able to hear the sound of your voice and they will begin bonding with you. It's a great practice for dad's to start since they sometimes feel left out of the whole pregnancy process.

Once your baby is born, you should start reading them before bed, during the day, or whenever you feel it's an enjoyable time to sit and share your love of reading. (If you don't have a love of reading...you had better work on it!!)

Here's just a few benefits that can come to you and your children when you spend quality, pleasurable time reading with them:

  • You will notice a strengthening in your bond
  • Hearing your voice is calming and soothing to both babies and children
  • You will be promoting increased communication, even with children who cannot yet speak
  • Listening skills will be strengthened as well as your child's imagination and ability to create
  • You can help your children lengthen their attention span through reading
  • You can help to expand their interests by branching out to subjects that relate to their current interests. (Ex. if your son loves cars, start reading about boats, planes and trains. Once you've covered modes of transportation, begin reading about engines, science and how they function.)
Tickle Monster Kit

(The Tickle Monster Kit is a fun and playful read that encourages kindness to all. Have your little one play along with the special "tickle gloves".)

Reading to you kids is all about pleasure. Find a time to read to them each day, or at least several times a week. By reading at the same time each day you will be creating a habit in them that they are likely to carry on once they have started reading on their own.

And don't forget to teach by example! When you children see you read they will be able to connect reading with pleasure, since they see you enjoying it.

-The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella

Creative Games for Kids

May 11, 2011 | By Cari Hale
Schools almost out, and that means long summer days with the kids! Playing outside is always a plus, but sometimes it's just too hot, or perhaps even rainy. So what's a mom to do when your energetic little ones are trapped inside?

Put away the TV, the video games and computer games...it's time to get "old fashioned" and pull out the board games! It's not just about monopoly anymore, there are great new games that speak to today's trends, spark imaginations and inspire learning all along the way.

Board games, dominoes, flash cards, puzzles and matching games all give your kids a chance to practice cooperative play while expanding their minds at the same time. From 3 years and up you can have them entertained and learning at the same time!

The Tea Party Game and it's companion "Cupcake Game" are among our best selling items! Use the spinner to collect everything on your "recipe card" in order to bake the perfect cupcakes, or spin to collect all the items you will need for the most splendid tea party. Be careful, if you spin on rotten eggs or if a bee stings you, you will miss a turn!!

- The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella

Keep it Clean

Apr 22, 2011 | By Cari Hale
Toys. They're on the floor, in little mouths, and dare we say...dropped in the toilet. How do you make sure you keep them clean and germ free?! Obviously drastic measures have to be taken if they land in the toilet...but everyday germs from everyday places can still get your kiddos sick.

Here's a couple tricks for keeping your toys clean and kids healthy:

1.Plastic Toys

Unless you notice toys are visibly dirty, you should only have to scrub your kids toys about once a month. Pop durable, plastic toys into the dishwasher on the top rack and run them through a cycle (with detergent) to disinfect and clean. Some toys list that they are dishwasher safe. If they don't, use your best judgment. When in doubt hand wash with dish soap and hot water.

After a play date or a run in with a cold or flu is also a great time to clean toys, toy boxes and crib rails. Simply wipe down any items too large for the sink or dishwasher with a bleach/water solution or with a non-aerosol spray such as Lysol.

2. Plush Toys

If your child has allergies, dust mites are bound to be a huge problem. Plush toys (most commonly known as stuffed animals!) are the perfect home for dust mites. To kill them off simply place any plush toys in a plastic covering (bag) and deep freeze them for 3-5 hours. A once a week freezing should help eliminate dust mite allergies in your little ones...or at least leave them more comfortable!

3. Bath Toys

Try to avoid toys with holes in them. Yes, you can squeeze out the water but they will never dry completely and that makes them an ideal place for mold growth. Eww! Every few weeks give toys a good scrub with dish soap and water, but most importantly make sure toys have a chance to dry inbetween uses. The Tubby bath toy organizer is perfect for that!

Made from neoprene, Tubby (pictured) is designed to dry quick and let water drain out, thus preventing mold and mildew! The durable mesh sides and bottom allow any extra water drain from the toys and back into the tub. After a few weeks or so take Tubby off the wall and toss him into the washing machine, just to give him the cleaning he deserves after working so hard for your toys!

Keeping your kids clean and germ free are tough enough. Thank goodness for great products to help us out!

- The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella

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