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.)
These are the supplies to grow paperwhites.
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!
He doesn’t look so mean anymore with all that sweet frosting!
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.
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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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!
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!
What gets you in the holiday spirit? Bundling up the kids and sending them out into the fresh-fallen snow to let their imaginations run wild? Unwrapping your family decorations from crinkly brown paper, remembering where and who each one came from? How about cuddling together on the couch watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with the kids in their fuzzy pj’s sipping hot cocoa or crunching salty popcorn?