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  • Children's Bedding
  • Bedroom Furniture
  • Art & Wall Decor
  • Unique Clothing
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  • Playtime Goodies
  • Bathtime Accessories
  • Gifts for Mom & Dad
  • One of a Kinds

Here's to Mom

May 16, 2011 | By
Mom and I had a great Mother’s Day. She and I went for sushi—her favorite—and I gave her a lovely bracelet from Palabra, a new collection of jewelry we’re carrying at Bella Vita. (Love it. It’s set with three bronze hearts to signify my mom, my dad and me.)

The sushi was super. The gift was great. We talked, we reminisced. The afternoon was lovely.

But I’m left, four days after Mother’s Day, with a nagging, almost empty feeling. Why? Honestly, I think it’s because my heart is telling me I don’t say thank you enough, not just to my mom but to all the wonderful, helpful “moms” in my adult life.

Gulp. That was me, eating humble pie.

Maybe I’m saying aloud what you think from time to time?

You see, my mom did so much for me growing up, now that I look back on it. And it was a 24/7 proposition with never a day, weekend or holiday off. When you become a mom, it seems to me that you sign away all your vacation days, because even when you do get away without the kids, they’re on your mind and tucked away in your heart. (There’s that heart giving us trouble again, telling us to pay attention!)

Stephanie and her Mom

Most of all, she worked hard every day, to instill in me a strong work ethic, to work hard and strive for excellence. In fact, I remember her telling me never to put my name on something that I’m not proud of. It’s a direct reflection of yourself, she used to say.

While I’d roll my eyes—away from her own seeing eyes and the ones seemingly in the back of her head—what she instilled in me serves me well today. It helps me carry on when the road gets tough; it makes me renew my commitment to the projects, the job, and the family and friends in my life when I feel my strength wavering.

Oh, and then there was the “always-do-the-right-thing” lesson she taught me. Rather, she showed me. One day she and I were shopping and accidentally, she broke a Christmas ornament she had picked up to admire. She left the store with the broken ornament still on the floor. Seems that incident and her reaction to it got the best of her. So she and I went back to the store and she insisted the store manager let her pay for the broken ornament. Lesson showed, lesson learned.

Again, it wasn’t once a year, it was every day she worked hard to be my best mom possible. She didn’t do it to receive cute handmade cards or jewelry, either. She did it because she wanted me to become the best, most ethical person I could be, to make wise choices in life and to surround myself with others who would support and nurture me later on. (When you’re an adult, moms can’t always be there to pick you up, unfortunately.)

Thanks, mom, and thanks to all the moms who work so hard and so diligently to raise children to be good people, good citizens and just plain good for this world. 

Good job, everyone, every day.

- Stephanie

Raise a Book to Reading

May 13, 2011 | By
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
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

Original Art, Original Kids

May 09, 2011 | By
What better way to express your children's unique personalities than with unique, original wall art for their rooms. Creating their "nest" around their personalities, what they enjoy and what they cherish (at the time!) is a great way to foster inspiration and growth in your kids.

Our favorite original art for your kiddies comes directly to us from the talented artist herself. Hand painted on hand built wood blocks, each piece is a unique creation that will make you smile or warm your heart.

Art Display

Kelly, a Southern native herself, does a fantastic job at creating pieces that are individual, thought provoking and witty...just like your kids! From party birds to pony's, there is something special for each member of your family.

The best part? She does custom orders! Come by and put your kids names on them and select colors that fit your decor perfectly. It's one piece of art that your children will cherish well into their adult days!

- The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella
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