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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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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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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


How to travel safely with kids

Margie Brill of My Springfield Mommy

Memorial Day weekend kicks off vacation season for a lot of families. For most of us, we focus on where we will be going and what we will be doing once we get there.  How often do we stop and think of family safety away from home?  I was lucky enough to speak with Wade, a police  officer at our local station, who was more than happy to jot down a few of his ideas and share them with us.

When asked to come up with some ideas to make traveling with children simple and safe, I had to reflect on my own traveling days, with 3 kids, from Illinois to California. I can assure you that it was never simple, but I do recall many things we did as parents to keep our children safe, comfortable and occupied during the 30 plus hours on the road. Keep in mind that there is no fail safe way of keeping your child safe during travel, but always remember that ‘chance, favors the prepared’. And that’s where we begin.

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Get Organized and Go Green

by Molly Gold from MyGoMom!

Spring is a great time to connect the dots to get organized and go green. However the process of getting organized generates stuff, as in items to donate and items to trash. Knowing what to do with those items can leave busy moms feeling defeated before they get out of the cardboard box. Here are five steps to help you make organized changes that will lead your family toward a greener life:

1. Know your Options:  Take some time to learn about your town’s recycling policies and identify the locations available for drop off.  You might be surprised to learn how extensive it may be, including an active calendar boasting shredding events and opportunities to recycle electronics. Update your calendar with events each season helping you plan key organizing and recycling projects when you’ll have the services you need to finish each job.

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Champ’s Around the World Adventure…begins in Canada!

We’re featuring Champ (not to be confused with Champerina), the famous Build-A-Bear Workshop bear who was created specifically to highlight children’s health and wellness for the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. Champ was born from the inspiration of a family’s love for a daughter and the daughter’s idea to fund research. Read about Nikki, who lost her battle with cancer but whose legacy lives on in Champ. A dollar from every Champ bear sold goes directly to help fund grants to children’s related approved grant applicants.

Why is that important to know?

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Pinterest: Are you on?

Are you on Pinterest? We are! You can find us at http://www.pinterest.com/buildabear. If you have no idea what Pinterest is then here’s the scoop. Pinterest is a place to organize all those recipes and household crafts you find online that you want to make someday when you finally have time to think. But now, instead of wishing and hoping that you would remember where you found them, you can just go to one place: Pinterest! Pinterest lets you create virtual pin boards and organize all the things you find online that you love. Then, here comes the best part, you can go back to them later and actually make them – or buy them, or whatever else you want to do with them.

So we’re on Pinterest too, and if you would like to follow us, you’ll get to see great gift ideas, cool kids crafts, fabulous family recipes (even things the kids will love) and a whole lot more. Just go to www.pinterest.com/buildabear to follow us. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, click the Request Invite button at www.pinterest.com.

We can’t wait to see you there!

-Molly Saunders, Digital Bear


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