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About Molly Saunders

I am a bear in the Digital Dept at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I work at World Bearquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

Join us Jan. 17 for a Twitter party!

We had tons of fun on Jan. 3 during our #SlumberPawty Twitter Party. Most of all we loved seeing everyone get so excited about our Slumber Pawty Collection of furry friends!

Join us for more fun Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, from 8-9 p.m. CST! We’re celebrating the launch of our brand new friend Harajuku Hugs Panda! Follow us on Twitter @buildabear and follow and use #HarajukuPanda in all of your Tweets to be entered to win one of ten $25 Bear Buck$® gift cards!

Click here for all the details. And be sure to add this time to your calendar so you don’t miss out on the fun! We hope to see you there!

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How to be a princess

How to be a princessby Molly Saunders


For centuries, princesses have been well-known for having many positive attributes. Here we share some tips for all ages about how to be a beary kind modern-day princess. Please keep in mind, these are just ideas, and all children should work with their parents or an adult they trust to find ways to help their community.

Tip No. 1 - How to be a princess

1. Be kind. Princesses show kindness to every person they meet. Be sure to use the magic words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’- each time you ask for something or are given something. Even if you didn’t ask for it, it shows your inner princess when you show appreciation for receiving a gift, however small it may be.

Tip No. 2 - How To be a princess

2. Have good manners. Princesses are always polite. Just as you would say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, remember to keep your elbows off the table when you are eating and don’t play with your food. Setting a good example for those around you is always a good thing!

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Free online magazine for kids!

Be sure to check out our brand new Cubazine this month!

It’s packed with activities, crafts, and fun stuff to do. Check out the Valentine’s Day box made from a Cub Condo!

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Get it here!

Click the image above to get it!

Click the image above to get it!

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Join us for our #SlumberPawty Twitter Party Jan. 3!

We’re hosting a pawsome Twitter party Jan. 3 from 8-9p.m. CST. That CST part is beary important, so be sure to mark your calendars for the right time in your area! We’ll be giving away $25 Bear Buck$® gift cards to five participants, so what have you go to lose?

Be sure you have a Twitter account and follow the directions below.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Search #SlumberPawty in Twitter or download and open your favorite Twitter platform, like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. If you use a Twitter platform, we recommend creating a column for #SlumberPawty.

2. Create a search column and follow #SlumberPawty

3. Be sure you’re also following us on Twitter @buildabear.

4. Then just participate in the conversation, answer our questions about sleepover ideas and share the photos we tweet of the new collection and accessories with your Twitter followers! (By participating in the conversation, following @buildabear and using #SlumberPawty in all of your tweets you are entered to win one of five $25 Bear Buck$® gift cards.)

We can’t wait to see you there!


How to grow paperwhites – a winter flower!

by Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

This is an activity my brother and I did with our family every winter when I was growing up. This was the first year I grew my very own paperwhites. These are great because they are SO SIMPLE and grow really fast. They’ll breathe new life into your home during the cold time of the year when everything outside is not so vibrant. Most instructions I’ve found online make this process seem too difficult with too many steps and not enough pictures. So here are some easy ones for you and your family to follow.

1. Here is what you’ll need:

Bulbs – paperwhite narcissus (from a big hardware/garden center, or your local hardware store, sometimes these are more fragrant.) There are now different varieties, some that smell a lot and some that hardly smell at all, so if you get them at a smaller hardware store they will probably know (and have on hand) the different varieties.

Rocks (I always get mine from a dollar store – 3-4 bags will work, unless you have a huge container and tons of bulbs)

A container to grow them in – I like the more shallow dishes, but these can be very hard to find and honestly, the one I used I inherited from my pops. A glass vase with a wide bottom works fine too, or any other kind of planter you have that doesn’t have a hole in the bottom of it.)

supplies for growing paperwhites

These are the supplies to grow paperwhites.

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“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!” Cupcakes

Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern

With the holidays in full swing, you might have already watched the Grinch movie or cartoon. With these instructions you can bring the Grinch into your very own kitchen! Kids will love decorating these Grinch cupcakes and will have a blast recreating his crazy hair. These cupcakes are easy to make once you get the hang of it. Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Grinch cupcake recipe

He doesn’t look so mean anymore with all that sweet frosting!

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Gift ideas from kids who know best!

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You know how you have that someone special on your gift list to buy for this year? It’s the person you really want to give something extra special to, and all you have to do is find the perfect gift. Easier said than done, right? Maybe not. Finding the perfect gift this year is easier than you think. In fact, we recently spoke with Rachel and Hayley, two gift-giving pros, to find out what they recommend for all types of perfect gifts for all types of special people.

But first, let’s get to know a little bit about them.

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DIY Hanukkah Gift Wrap

by Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern Bear

Hanukkah starts December 8, so to get ready we thought we’d share a simple way of personalizing your gifts by making your own wrapping paper. It’s a great craft for all ages. I especially like that doing this craft with children shows them how the gift-giving process is equally as fun as receiving. This craft can also be adapted and personalized for the person who is receiving your gift, by creating or painting special designs on the paper, using ribbons, by tying a candle onto the top or even attaching a bag of gelt for the children. We picked up a Star of David cookie cutter with which to make our wrapping paper. Celebrate the Festival of Lights by giving your friends and family a gift wrapped from the heart!

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Daily prizes in #BearHoliday Pinterest Contest!

Enter our #BearHoliday Pinterest Contest! The contest runs through December 8. Visit http://contests.pinfluencer.com/bearholiday to enter the contest.

There will be a daily winner of a $50 Bear Buck$ gift card, which will be great for gift giving. One grand prize winner will receive a $300 shopping spree to Build-A-Bear Workshop, plus our entire holiday collection of furry friends!

To enter the contest you’ll need to have a Pinterest account, so make sure you have one set up.

Click one of the share links below to tell your friends about the contest. And come back Wednesday to enter! Good luck!

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Be thankful pine cone craft

by Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern Bear

Do you ever feel like the true meaning of Thanksgiving gets lost in the craziness of decorating for the holidays? This pine cone turned turkey craft will help your kids reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Display these pine cone turkeys in your home throughout the month of November to help remind your family what Thanksgiving really means. These turkeys are easy to make and you’ll have them finished in no time at all!

Turkey Pinecone Craft

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