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Bring back the magic and be a holiday hero

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?

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Get your beary own cookbook!

You can get your Beary Own Cookbook with any purchase of $30 or more at Buildabear.com or at a Build-A-Bear Workshop store near you starting Nov. 1! They will only be around while supplies last, so hurry.

What are your holiday traditions? Do you make cookies with your family? Share your tips below!


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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Recycled wall art for the whole family!

by Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for unique and useful ways to breathe new life into recyclables. Recycling things is great, but reusing is the best way to recycle. It doesn’t take any extra energy, other than your own elbow grease and creativity, to create something new from something that’s already been used.  Toilet paper rolls are perfect for lots of different kid-friendly crafts. But if you’re looking for something to satisfy your more sophisticated tastes, follow along with me to find out how to make your very own wall sculpture. Anyone can do this!

Recycled Wall Art the entire family can make

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Enter the #SocialBear Giveaway! Twice!

If you’re reading this blog, then you are probably a pretty social bear. So why not enter our Social Bear Giveaway? You have two chances to win one of four of these official Build-A-Bear Workshop Social Bears.

1. Go to our Facebook page, click on our Friends Count tab under our background image and enter there. Or just enter here.

2. Be sure you’re set up with a Twitter account. Then compose a tweet that includes our Twitter handle, @buildabear, plus the social bear giveaway hash tag, #socialbear.

You have until Sept. 14 (this Friday!) at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to enter. Copy and paste this link http://wp.me/p26MWY-Tj into an email and send it to your friends and family so they have a chance to win this little guy too! Good luck!


Bears love to party!

By Margie Brill of My Springfield Mommy

A party at a Build-A-Bear Workshop can be for so much more than just a birthday. No matter what brings your family together, whether your children are part of a sports team, club, or church group, there is always room to celebrate.  For example, just this month I invited a few children and their families from the local Ronald McDonald House to come to the Springfield, Ill. store for an unforgettable afternoon.

kids from the ronald mcdonald house party in springfield, illinois

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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?


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


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!


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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