Category Archives: Friends Count Series

The inspiration behind Build-A-Bear Workshop

My name is Katie and I am the lucky girl who Maxine credits as the inspiration for Build-A-Bear Workshop®.  This is a credit that Maxine generously bestowed upon me, though I feel it is equally correct to say that I was merely a young girl who was willing to share my definite point of view on teddy bears and other furry friends!

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An emergency room visit with a friend

Always bring a book and a bear to the E.R.

There was a time when Quinnlin’s family didn’t know about anti-rejection drugs and IV antibiotics and near monthly E.R. visits for her or her brother, Gage. Quinnlin and Gage survived kidney failure, dialysis and kidney transplants, both at the age of eight and now are in the phase where things like twice daily drugs and IVs and regular E.R. visits are (their) normal.

Last month when Quinnlin had a simple bump on her arm turn into an infection that was growing, her mom knew they’d end up in the E.R. and probably admitted before she even called their doctor to discuss the color, shape and size of the area.

Always helpful…a friend and electronics.

“It looks red and it’s growing. It looks exactly like Gage’s did when it was MRSA.” Quinnlin’s mom said to the care team. MRSA is a resistant staph infection that sends fear into just about any medical professional, but many doctors, including organ transplant teams, are particularly worried about MRSA in their patients.

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Working Together To End Bullying

October is Stop Cyber Bullying Month. At Build-A-Bear Workshop we want to do everything we can to ensure all children are safe, whether it’s at home with their furry friends or when playing online. To help answer some questions about bullying prevention, I went to our very own 2012 Huggable Hero Ceilidh Millar. Ceilidh volunteers more than 40 hours every month as a teen reporter, spokesperson and peer advocate for bullying prevention. She shares information about the dangers and consequences of bullying through presentations, television appearances, and articles. Ceilidh’s work has been featured on the National Bullying Prevention Center and Teens Against Bullying websites.

Ceilidh Millar head shot

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Champ’s Journey Continues through the U.S. to Japan

Champ arrived safely to the U.S. from Ireland (sporting a new hat!)

As part of his world tour, beginning in Canada, then to Slovenia and Ireland, Champ headed for the U.S. for a whirlwind visit, first stopping in Georgia to see Quinnlin and Champerina, before continuing on to World Bearquarters in Missouri for a quick hello.

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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?


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?


Friendship Day

By Brandy Walleshauser of No Time Mommy

Friendship Day is August 5th, so make sure you plan a special adventure with your BFF.

Growing up I never really had too many friends. We moved around a lot so I had many long distance friends. It never really seemed to bother me, I had my pets. LOL!

Now that I am a mother, things are different. I am constantly meeting with other moms and getting our kids together for playdates while we chat. I want my kids to know how good it feels to have a true friend by their side.

I have told my kids that a true friend is someone who is there for you no matter what and never talks bad about you to others. It can be hard to find, but it’s out there.

A best friend can even be a sibling.

I always tell my kids that friends are a big part of life, especially when you are little. They make you laugh and smile! My 7 year old says a friend is, “Someone who is nice to you and you know them really good.”

School just got out and my kids found out who their teachers are for next year already. They were upset that some of their friends will not be in class with them next year. I tell them that there will be new friends in your class and all you have to do is say hi to get a conversation started. I also told them just because your friend is not in your class, doesn’t mean you won’t see them at recess, lunch etc.

You can have friends all over; you don’t need to see them every day.

What will you be doing on Friendship Day?


Send a Smile with Red Stamp

By Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern

Today is your best friend’s birthday and you’re scrambling to the nearest store to get her a card full of well wishes just in time for the celebration. You scour through the endless rows of cards and quickly pick one that seems to be about right. You hand over five dollars for a card you hope she will like.

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