Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lunchbox notes: good for more than just lunch!

by Maricris from ZensibleMama.com

Download and print your beary own lunchbox notes!

What unique ways can you think of to use these adorable lunchbox notes?


Three tips for easier school mornings

by Molly Gold from GO MOM! Inc.

Download and print your lunchbox notes to let your child know you are with them every step of the way. They’re great for backpacks, lunches, planners, jean pockets, sports bags, and so much more! How do you make your child’s school routine a great one?


Audrey’s Picks: the most furbulous fashion for fall!

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

with help from Audrey, 8

Audrey is a fashionista at heart and she always keeps her eyes on the latest and greatest things for furry friends. Audrey was so helpful earlier this summer when she picked out the best furry friend fashions from our summer catalog. Because we love to hear what Audrey’s furry friends are wearing, I asked her for her best fall fashion advice and top picks from our back to school catalog.

Audrey's top fashion picks for fall

Check out what Audrey recommends this fall. You just might find the perfect gift for your special someone (or yourself)!

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Back to school shopping!

By Angela Roy of Mommy PR

My kids just got out of school June 21st and even though they don’t start for another month and a half, we have already started our back to school shopping. Thankfully, my girls are like I was and love school. This is my youngest daughter’s first year but she has been begging to go with her big sister for two years now. Prekindergarten was so filled up, we were on a yearlong wait list. So now that kindergarten is here, she is in full force and so excited to start going to school.

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Tips for transitioning back to school schedules

By Candy Tai from mommypalooza

Another summer break has flown by and my kids are off to start yet another fantastic school year full of learning, personal growth, friendships, and fun!  I’d be lying if I said that this new season and the transition it brings didn’t scare me a little. It does.  Not only is it a change in routine for the kids, but for me as a mom as well.  I’ve sorta gotten used to sleeping in a tad bit later and relaxing by the pool as the kids practice for their someday trips to the Olympics.  And, after talking with several other moms, I’ve realized that there are a few things that I could do to help start us all of on the right foot.  I’m committed to making the start of my children’s new school year a great one, and here’s how I’m doing it:

1. Get organized – This may seem like a no-brainer but there are specific areas of my home and life that I struggle to keep organized and on-task.  One of the things that always seems to stress me out is how to handle the paperwork, forms, worksheets, and artwork that come home each day.  Multiply that by my two school-aged kids and that is A LOT of “paper chaos” to deal with!  So, getting organized with my little “clutter counter” {i.e., the counter space in my kitchen that seems to be a catchall for papers} is imperative!  Continue reading


DonorsChoose.org: Helping students in your neighborhood

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we know there are many important causes that our Guests want to support. One of the ways we can help support the causes most important to our Guests is by listening to them in our stores and through our many channels of interaction – email, letters, social media, surveys, etc. Making a difference close to home is very important to us and to our Guests. That’s why we are partnering with DonorsChoose.org for the month of August.

DonorsChoose.org a place for donors to pick students and teachers to help within their community

DonorsChoose.org is a website dedicated to teachers and students. It allows donors to find educational causes that are important to them and donate directly to teachers all over the United States. If someone wants to support art in schools, they can find a teacher who needs art supplies for a special project. If someone wants to find a classroom in their local grade school in need of assistance, they can search for specific schools and areas to find a classroom that needs their help right in their own community.

After receiving a thank you gift card from a company where she shopped, Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear and Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, went online to the DonorsChoose website and was hooked.

“I knew so many teachers who needed this type of platform to help provide needed supplies for their classrooms,” she said.

Taking a note from the educators it assists, DonorsChoose also encourages teachers and classrooms who receive donations to provide updates to the donors.

“For a busy mom, DonorsChoose makes it super easy to choose a project and then keeps you involved in the progress of the project and the success stories that result [from it],” said Samara Reiter, Manager of Store Opbearations. “When you give to DonorsChoose you’re not just giving to our future, you’re actively choosing to be a part of it.”

“Our Guests are children who benefit from a great education, so our relationship with DonorsChoose is a natural fit for us,” said Maxine Clark. “Many parents, aunts, uncles and family members of our Guests are also teachers, and it helps them, too.”

You can make a donation to DonorsChoose when you check out in our stores or online throughout the month of August. You may also visit DonorsChoose.org to find a project that inspires you.

Have you ever donated to DonorsChoose? Do you know a teacher that should be a part of the DonorsChoose community?


Print our adorable lunchbox notes!

The first day back to school can be filled with excitement and nervous jitters! Whether it’s your child’s first day at a new school or the new teacher seems a little intimidating, you want them to feel comfortable at the start of the school year.

These lunchbox notes will be sure to bring a smile to their face at lunchtime! Print these out and add little words of encouragement or just a simple “I love you!” to let them know you’re thinking about them.

You can download these free printable lunchbox notes here.


First Day of School

By Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern

How do you make your child’s first day of school beary special? What if they are going to a new school? Share your tips!


What Makes a True Friend?

By Maricris Guadagna of Zensible Mama

The meaning of a true friend varies from person to person, depending on who you ask, but nothing holds truer than that finding a true friend is pretty much like finding a needle in a hay stack or where Aladdin is concerned, it’s like “finding the diamond in the rough.” It’s rare yet priceless and totally rewarding when you do find it!

I lost all my friends when I moved to the US. Finding a true friend in a foreign land, in a foreign culture was relatively challenging and likewise, overwhelming. No family around. Everyone was a stranger, except for my husband, thank God! Looking back at those days, I certainly felt like I was alone in an island.

But I did manage to find friends. And some of them possessed the quality of being true friends! And indeed, it was a blessing.

And what made them true friends?

  • There with you when you’re at your worst and lowest– This to me is the real essence of a true friend which also ties-in with a personal experience. Not too long ago, my family and I went through a terrible crisis and just when we thought the world have forsaken us, the friends we thought were our friends were not there for us. A couple actually came through for us and went out of their way to help us brave the storm we were caught in.
  • Accepts you for who you are – Nothing can be more rewarding when you are accepted for who you are, with all your flaws and imperfections, with open arms and without prejudice!  Being from another country, the greatest gift was to be accepted for being different but not treated as different!
  • Doesn’t want what you have – but rather supports you and is genuinely happy for you. This holds quite true for Oprah with her friendship with Gayle King where she described her as “somebody who cares for her and only wants the best for her”. Especially with her fame, she was not after her fame but rather there supporting her, next to her and rejoicing with her.
  • Respects what you believe in – We all have differing opinions and religions or even the lack thereof. A true friend respects without judging but rather understands and continuously nurtures the friendship. I’m blessed to have friends who are respectful this way.
  • Shows you the world like nobody can – I remember when I was in high school and my best friend at that time took me where she lives and took me to her family’s fishpond out in the country. She taught me how to fish, what life is like in her world and what it’s like to live in a hut next to a fishpond. It was a different world compared to mine. I’ve always lived in the city all my life and that was a wonderful adventure to me!

And here is what a TRUE FRIEND means to others:

Somebody who can tell you when you have spinach in your teeth, both literally and figuratively, and still love you.  – Cindy Dyer,  Get Along Home

Someone that you can care about enough to listen and love but that listens and loves in return. Someone who can celebrate your highs and lows without jealousy or bitterness. Someone that neither distance nor time, distance you from. – Amy Barseghian, From One Mommy to Another

A true friend is a person who sees past your bad moments because they appreciate your good moments. A true friend loves you no matter what. – Di Harrison, Artist, Charlotte NC

A person who is there for you through the good times and the rough ones & a person who always believes in you and your integrity. – Jennifer Leal, Savoring The Thyme

A true friend will tell you when your butt looks too big when you ask, on the flip side, a true friend will look at their friend and hug them for telling the truth. – Tina Kelley, Mad Hatter Mom

A true friend does not judge you, rather they support you & will never lie to you. They are there for the good times and the bad ones. And most importantly they get your twisted sense of humor. – Shana Dieli, Shana Mama

Tell me, what makes a true friend to you?


Building the Right Friendships & Finding the Right Doctor

Champerina meets Dr. Teddy

In honor of Friendship Day today, Aug. 5, we wanted to share another special story about Quinnlin and her beary special friend Champerina.

When Quinnlin turned three she visited the dentist, like most kids. Nearly seven years later she still sees the very special Dr. Theodore Levitas or “Dr. Teddy”, as nearly everyone calls him. Dr. Teddy specializes in dentistry for kids with special needs.

On a recent appointment Quinnlin knew bringing Champerina with her to see Dr. Teddy would be fine because Dr. Teddy has hundreds of teddy bears himself. Quinnlin arrived with Champerina, proudly telling him, “This is my bear and I knew you would like her because you are Dr. Teddy and I know you like all kinds of bears!” Having Champerina come with her helps because going to the dentist can be kind of scary. It helped that this dentist had an entire conversation to and about Champerina and that make Quinnlin relax even more.

 

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