Sunday, January 31, 2010

Celebrating Groundhog Day




As we all know in a couple of days is Groundhog Day and we know the legend of Punxsutawney Phil the legendary groundhog that comes out every year on February 2 and either sees his shadow and we get six more weeks of winter, which I for one do NOT want to see this year or he doesn't. Here is a great website to check out for some great information on our favorite little groundhog: Groundhog Day.


This is the only day of the year that we devote to rodents, yes I was shocked to find out that a groundhog is indeed a rodent. This is also a day that we can spend time with our families and not only have fun, but get educated on some of our favorite rodents such as the lovable and oh so adorable Mickey Mouse. Mickey has been a big part of my life since I was a child. I remember watching the Original Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as well as a ton of movies and special cartoons and loved them. My little one now loves to watch the new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and loves to do the "hot dog" dance. Who can also forget the little mice in Cinderella who made sure that she made it to see her Prince Charming? Without them, Cinderella would have never got her beautiful dress and been able to be with the man she loved. A few others include: Fievel from An American Tale, that cute and cuddly Stuart Little, the possum brothers Eddie and Crash from the Ice Age:The Meltdown movie, Remy from Ratatouille, and Despereaux from The Tale of Despereaux and who could forget Chip and Dale, just to name some. My favorite little rodents for sure would have to be Alvin and the Chipmunks, another set of my favorite characters when I was a kid. I used to not only watch the cartoons and movies, but I had a doll each of Alvin, Simon and Theodore and let me tell you, I carried all three of those dolls around with me all of the time.
Even though our Punxsutawney Phil is the star of the day, we can't forget about some of our favorite and famous rodents on this day. How will you celebrate Groundhog Day this year? Will you do anything different or go on like it's another day? To celebrate the wonder of rodents everywhere, there are many things that you and your family can do together that is fun, educational and exciting to learn about rodents. Try watching that famous movie with Bill Murray entitled Groundhog Day, where he continues to live the same day over and over again. This movie is so funny and would be great to watch together as a family. You could also watch Ratatouille, or Mickey Mouse on the Disney Channel, maybe play a game such as the Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel game or even take the kids to the theater to see the movie. Check out some great websites online of some of your favorite rodents. The possibilities are endless and you'll be amazed to see not only what you can learn, but how much fun you can have together as a family. So this year, do something different and celebrate the day of rodents. Happy Groundhog Day and here's to Phil not seeing his shadow this year!

Clean Rest Allergy Blocking Bedding Review and Giveaway






There's nothing better at the end of a long, hard, tiring and stressful day for me then climbing into a nice, comfortable and warm bed and getting a good night's rest. I ran across a great company by the name of Clean Rest recently that offers some great products to make sure you get a comfortable night's sleep without having to worry about your allergies due to dust mites, pet dander, pollen, or mold spores. I don't suffer from allergies myself, but there are mornings where I wake up with a stuffed up nose or a runny nose and never thought that it could be all the things that we are sleeping on with our mattress and pillows. Clean Rest very generously sent me a mattress encasement, a box spring encasement and two stuffed pillows. I was excited to get this on our bed seeing all the great things that these products can do to improve the health of not only the bed itself but for us who sleep in it. It took a little wrangling for hubby and I as our mattress and box spring are really heavy, but we managed to get the box spring encasement and mattress encasement on the bed. I love that it completely covers both and zips up so there's no way for anything to get inside. I couldn't wait to get to bed that night so I could see how these encasements worked as well as the pillows. I know when I was putting the pillowcases on the pillows, they felt really soft, I just wanted to plop down on the bed on one of them and go to sleep! Let me tell you, these pillows were nice and comfortable. It has been a little while since we bought new pillows for our bed, so this was a real treat to have. Hubby said he got the best night's sleep in a long time. These pillows are also allergy free and completely block any form of micro-toxins and dust mite infestation from being able to enter the interior of the pillow itself. I also love these pillows because you can get them in Queen or King Size (we were sent Queen size) and these are the biggest pillows we've ever had. We usually buy the standard size, so it felt really good to have a pillow that was not only healthier for us, but one that is big enough to allow us to stretch out a little. I found after sleeping on my bed after about a week with the new mattress and box spring encasements and pillows, I felt better, more restful, and didn't have the stuffy nose and sore throat that I sometimes woke up with in the morning. These products from Clean Rest are a definite must if you suffer from allergies, or even if you don't, you just have the confidence to know that you are protecting yourself against harmful contaminants and getting a healthful, restful sleep all at once. I really love these products from Clean Rest and you will too!



Clean Rest's sole mission is t
o help you get a better night's sleep. They design and manufacture the world's most advanced and medically effective allergy bedding barrier products. The inventor of Clean Rest, Gary Goldberg, is a parent of a child that suffers from nighttime breathing difficulties. He used three generations of his family's textile manufacturing background to develop the solution. The result-a fabric with a weave so tiny no allergen or liquid can penetrate it. It is also so comfortable and breathable, you virtually don't even know it's there. Clean Rest features and advanced technology called MicronOne, which offers the highest level of protection available today. Each square inch of the patented MicronOne fabric contains about 3 billion pores a weave so tiny that moisture can't even get in and micro-toxins can't get to you. It creates a breathable, yet effective barrier between you and what's in your bedding. Clean Rest also provides protection against bed bugs and bed wetting, creating the cleanest and safest sleep environment possible.



Clean Rest offers pillows, ultra allergy blocking pillows, pillow encasements, ultra allergy blocking pillow encasements, travel pillows, travel pillows and blanket set, mattress encasements, ultra allergy blocking mattress encasements, crib encasements, box spring encasements, duvet encasements, and allergy blocking window panels in a variety of colors. To learn more about Clean Rest and MicronOne, head on over HERE. Clean Rest is also offering free shipping on orders over $150.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

A Couple of New Winners

Just a couple of new winners to announce today.

UPDATED: The first winner of the Weleda Pomegranate Hand Cream DID NOT respond, so a new winner was chosen.
COMMENT #58- chickhatchers-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Yes! To Cookies Package is:
COMMENT #3-suzanneowens

The winner of the Oompa Toys Classic Wooden ABC Blocks is:
COMMENT #83- Tamara-CONFIRMED

I just emailed all of you and am awaiting confirmation. Please remember you have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Thanks for entering!

Friday Follow-WEEK 3


Welcome to the third Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.

Here's how YOU can join the celebration:
  • * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add to one blog linky.
  • * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots. We will follow you back.
  • * Follow as many blogs as you like
  • * Comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow
  • * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow
The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site. Just one - but you can follow each host blog. Here is the great part, we will follow you back.

** Please note that a link to co-host Tami @ Hearts Make Families is not included on this week's linky because she is having technical difficulties with her site. Tami should be back in full swing next week. Thanks for understanding.


MckLinky Blog Hop

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tired Tonight

My goal tonight was trying to get up some more of the reviews that I needed and wanted to get done, but it has been a really long day, so long in fact that my little 16 month old cutie is out for the night. She has had it so that she is asleep on her daddy with her hands up over her face as if to say "I give up". My oldest is in her room playing her Playstation and is the quietest I have seen or heard her in a long time. Thank goodness hubby took us out for a nice dinner tonight so I didn't have to come home and cook. I spent a few hours at my soon-to-be church today helping out with and attending a funeral for one of the members of the church. My heart really goes out to her and her family. She just lost her husband of 63 years last week and I just feel for her so bad. We all know loss and what it feels like, but I just can't imagine being with someone so long as this and for them to be gone, I could just see and feel the heartbreak in her eyes, the feeling of helplessness from me not being able to find the words to say. This day has really affected me and I found as I sat down and tried to write a review tonight, I just couldn't concentrate. It has definitely been a long, hard day, so tonight I am taking the night off from writing reviews and I am going to get some rest and hope that tomorrow is a better day.

Naumes Fruit Gifts Review and Giveaway



There's nothing better for a nice, healthy snack like fruit. I love strawberries, they are my absolute favorite fruit of all time. Bananas, grapes, cherries, and peaches are some of my other favorites. I was lucky to be able to try some of the freshest fruit you may ever find anywhere recently and that is pears from Naumes Fruit Gifts. Up until I got this for review, I had never tried pears, honestly. My kids and hubby have eaten the ones out of the can for years, but I myself had never tried them. Guess they never seemed appealing to me. Naumes Fruit Gifts has different varieties of pears, which was new to me as well. I received the Bosc Pears Fruit Gifts box for review and I must say these pears came beautiful packages and wrapped. Half of the pears were wrapped in tissue paper and the other half of the pears were wrapped in pretty purple foil. I was excited to try these because not only was this going to be the first time that I had ever tried pears, but also how good and fresh that these looked. My mother-in-law was over the day I received this box, so of course I had to share. She took it home with her and I never did find out from her how she liked it! My oldest daughter had one and I don't think she ever had a fresh pear either, but she really liked it. She told me it was sweet, which she loves everything sweet, but I could feel good about her eating this. I really enjoyed them as well. They were sweet and savory and really a great tasting snack. Of course, hubby loves pears and ended up taking the majority of them with him to work. Sometimes, it's hard to get him to take anything to eat with him to work, but I didn't have to tell him twice, he just grabbed them and off he went. He said these were by far the best tasting pears that he has ever had because they had a great flavor and were so fresh. The description on the Naumes site says that these Bosc pears are buttery sweet and I definitely got that from the first bite as well. If you like pears or if you're like me and haven't tried them, I urge you to order up a box of either these Bosc pears or any other variety of pears from Naumes Fruit Gifts. For a limited time offer, every fruit gift that you order will be matched with a double donation of fresh fruit to a food bank, which means 10 pounds for each fruit gift that you order from Naumes. So, not only are you getting the freshest fruit ever, but you're helping food banks help people in need. That's something to be proud of!


For the past 100 years, Naumes has been committed to growing quality fruit for generations to enjoy. As one of the largest family owned and operated pear growers in the world, they take great pride in the quality pears they produce. Major wholesalers and retailers have relied on their fresh fruit for decades and are proud to be able to offer fresh from their farm to you. When you are buying a gift from their family, you can definitely be assured that you are getting the very best that nature has to offer.
Naumes cares about families and communities where they live and work and believes everyone should have access to fresh fruit which is a vital part to a nutritious diet. They are doing their part to fight hunger with their Donate Fruit program that matches every gift you purchase, pound for pound with a donation of fresh fruit to feed hungry families.



These wonderful fruit boxes would make a great gift for anyone on your life, maybe as a gift to a dinner party instead of wine or as a just because gift for someone. Starting at $29.95 and with free shipping available, you can't go wrong.


Some of the great pear options that you have to choose from:
*Comice Pears- Fresh fruit equivalent of creamy custard and the flesh pairs great with a strong cheese.
*Red Pears- Flavorful and colorful, ideal for pairing with cheese, wine, or dark chocolate.
*Colossal Comice Pears
*Red Pear and Comice Mix Pears
*Bosc Pears- Buttery sweet, delicious when baked, poached. Ice cream and cinnamon complement their spicy flavor.

To check out more information about Naumes Fruit Gifts and all that they have to offer, please head on over HERE. They also have a wonderful selection of recipes to use your pears in, so check those out too!


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Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a free Pear fruit box from Naumes Fruit Gifts in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook Review and Giveaway


I love to cook, at times. There are some nights I love to make a great meals for my family like a big pan of lasagna or a chicken, baked potatoes and tossed salad. There are also other times that I want to just pull a box of breaded fish fillets and a bag of Ore Idas out of the freezer. I am not an expert cook by any means and definitely don't claim to be. I have a ton of cookbooks around the house and may crack them open once in a while, but just don;t ever come up with any new ideas. I don't know if it's because I'm afraid to try anything or if I'm just too lazy to try anything. When it comes to cooking, sometimes I just wish I could always cook out of a box or a freezer meal and call it good. Unfortunately, this is not healthy for my family or myself. As you all know, I read A LOT of other blogs and used to enter A LOT of other giveaways before I got really involved in my own blog. I had run across a cookbook that peaked my curiosity and entered several giveaways for it, to no avail. The name of the cookbook was Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron. It looked and sounded quite interesting and if we know anything as moms, we are ALWAYS busy in some form or another. Make ahead meals sounds like a great idea. So I contacted Jane who was very gracious to send me a copy of her book. I actually had a little time one night and sat down to look through it and was really impressed with the selection of recipes that were included. From Appetizers to Breakfast and Brunch, Desserts and Main Dishes, there's something in this book for you to make and to get new ideas. Jane also gives you helpful tips for storing and labeling your meals, among many other useful tips. I'm not going to tell you all of the secrets, you'll have to get your own copy! I found so many great recipes in the Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms book that I will have new meal ideas for quite a while.

Just a few of my favorite recipes in this book would have to be the Sausage Dip because my hubby loves sausage and this sounds fantastic with the two kinds of sausage, two kinds of cheese, ranch dressing and the baked pita chips for dipping. I think this recipe will have to be made for the Super Bowl this year. I love also that each recipe not only gives you the ingredients and cooking directions, but give you the "Day Ahead" directions as well. Strawberry Bread, Pumpkin Coffee Cake, Chicken Parmesan and a divine sounding Hawaiian Cole Slaw are all included in this book along with so much more.


Each of these great recipes in the Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms Cookbook are individually home tested and selected. They are:
*Simple to prepare
*Simple to assemble ahead of schedule
*Simple to freeze ahead
*Simple for the whole family to enjoy.

Jane's goal was to seek out main dish, family favorite recipes that could me make ahead meals without sacrificing the food's taste and texture by freezing. Make-ahead-meals are a healthy and economical alternative to take out and preservative filled, pre-packaged foods. With make ahead meals, you are making fewer trips to the grocery store and saving money otherwise spent on unhealthy, take out and fast foods.


Inside Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms, discover:
*Mouth watering appetizers like crab melts, mini bacon quiche and sweet and spicy meatballs.
*Great-start breakfasts such as cranberry scones and make-ahead coffee cake
*Filing mains, sides and soups including Italian restaurant chicken, pork Florentine, healthy broccoli slaw and hearty chili
*Perfect deserts like tiramisu, mini cheesecakes and chocolate torte

To check out more about Jane, her cookbook, recipes and so much more head on over HERE
Also if you are interested in purchasing Jane's Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms cookbook, you can get it at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com



GIVEAWAY-
Jane would love to give one of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a copy of her awesome cookbook Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms.

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Elvis 75-75th Anniversary CD Review and Giveaway



I love music, I am a fan of a lot of different types. I love Country, Jazz, Pop and Rock and Roll amongst others. Some of my favorites include: Alan Jackson, Coldplay, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and of course the king of Rock and Roll: Elvis. Elvis Presley would have been 75 years old on January 8, 2010. Hard to believe he was taken from is so soon and for that matter that he has been gone for so long. People still head to Graceland every year to celebrate this treasured star and mark each birthday. I of course grew up listening to Elvis, my mom had every one of his records and even as little as I was back then, I really appreciated his music and still do to this day. I remember sitting back with my mother and grandmother and watching one Elvis movie after another, sometimes I still wish I could do that. My favorite Elvis movie is by far Blue Hawaii and I think that is my favorite song as well, although how can you pick ONE song from the vast catalog of music that this great man has? I can just imagine what more we all could have enjoyed from Elvis Presley had he stuck around a little longer.

I recently had the great opportunity to review the Elvis 75 CD that is a celebration of Elvis' 75th Birthday. This a a CD contains 25 Memorable Elvis songs and is definitely a must have for any true Elvis Presley fan. Songs included on this CD:
1.) That's All Right
2.) I Forgot to Remember to Forget
3.) Heartbreak Hotel
4.) Blue Suede Shoes
5.) Hound Dog
6.) Don't Be Cruel
7.) Love Me Tender
8.) Love Me
9.) All Shook Up
10.) Jailhouse Rock
11.) Trouble
12.) It's Now or Never
13.) Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14.) Little Sister
15.) Can't Help Falling In Love
16.) Viva Las Vegas
17.) How Great Thou Art
18.) Guitar Man
19.) If I Can Dream
20.) In The Ghetto
21.) Suspicious Minds
22.) Pork Salad Annie
23.) An American Trilogy
24.) Burning Love
25.) Always On My Mind

Inside this CD there is a wonderful booklet filled with some pictures and biographical information as well as chart data for each one of the songs included. This CD was released to coincide with the King's 75th birthday but if you want more of Elvis and an even bigger selection of songs, a four disc box set featuring 100 classic Elvis tunes called Elvis 75-Good Rockin' Tonight is also available through Amazon.com and Sony Legacy Recordings.



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Xtrema Healthy Cookware Review and Giveaway






I love to cook, sometimes I am not the greatest at it and have a hard time coming up with new and exciting dinner ideas. I have had the same set of fry pans since my hubby and I got married almost 15 years ago. I think we might have bought 2 other pans somewhere in between, but a lot of my poor pans are wore out and things tend to stick in them when I'm not careful. I have never heard of healthy cookware before I ran across Xtrema. Xtrema offers a unique line of healthy, green and ceramic cookware that is versatile, durable and able to withstand high heat. Xtrema was generous to send me a 10" Skillet to review. The day I received it, we had a chicken meal planned for dinner and I seen this as the perfect opportunity to take this skillet for a test drive. First of all right off the bat, I noticed that you don't need to turn up the heat real high for this skillet. The recommended use is to put your skillet on your stove and let the pan heat up on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, which I did. I added olive oil to the pan to cook the chicken in and in no time that pan was hot and my olive oil sizzling. I really love this skillet because it has a nice even cook, instead of the middle of the pan being really hot and the sides being cool. All of the chicken cooked at the same time, which I haven't had happen in quite a while! This skillet is truly amazing to use and even easier to clean. I love the long handle too, it is long and stays cool to the touch. Another great feature of this Xtrema 10" Skillet is that is is non-scratch. I was reading the cleaning care instructions and it says you could use Soft Scrub and Brillo Pads and it won't scratch the pan. I am excited to try some of the other wonderful products from Xtrema is well. I can tell I will have my skillet to use around my home for a very long time to come.


The nice folks at Xtrema also sent me a 3 piece Tea Set, complete with a really nice ceramic mug, little tea pot and tea mug infuser. Hubby really loved this because he is the HUGE tea drinker in our house and was anxious to try out some of the loose leaf teas that he got for Christmas this year. I think the day we received this, he had about four cups of tea that evening and really enjoyed using the infuser. He said it was really easy to use. He uses the mug almost on a daily basis for his coffee. If he keeps it up, I will have to buy him some new loose leaf teas, because soon he will be out!


Xtrema has the healthiest and most versatile cookware and is definitely healthier than any other cookware, it has documented scientific and laboratory testing to prove it.
Some features and benefits:
*XTREMELY Green- Handmade using natural gas, clay and water.
*XTREMELY High Temperature- Cookware can withstand 2700 F, Steel can melt at 2200 F
*XTREMELY Easy To Clean-Non-scratch, Non-Toxic Ceramic Glaze Surface
*XTREMELY Attractive-High-gloss black finish
*XTREMELY Versatile- Oven, Stovetop, Broiler, Freezer, Barbecue Grill, Microwave Oven, Dishwasher and Dining Room Table
*XTREMELY Heatlhy Cookware-No trace metals or chemicals from the cooking surface or the Xtrema cooking surface, contains no harmful PTFE coating and produces no harmful PFOA gas which can occur with most popular petroleum based non stick coatings
*XTREMELY Practical-Food stays hotter longer
*XTREMELY Tasty-Ceramic Far Infrared cooking enhances the food flavor and entire cooking experience.
XTREMELY Durable- Cooking surface cannot be scratched, even by metal utensils and industrial steel wool.



All Xtrema cookware material are inorganic natural materials from our earth's crust.
The kilns used for manufacturing use clean burning and safe natural gas.
The non-scratch ceramic cooking surface is non-reactive and 100% non toxic. No odors and gases are ever released.
You can cook, serve and store foods in the same Xtrema cookware which will save you energy.

Xtrema products are available in 16 piece sets, Wok sets, Steamer sets, a variety of saucepans and so much more. To check out more information and to see everything that Xtrema has to offer, please head on over HERE. Also check out the Xtrema blog for great information.



GIVEAWAY-
The great folks at Xtrema would love to give one lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a 10" Skillet of their own, like I received. ($99.99 value)

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Giveaway will end Thursday 2/11 at 7pm EST. Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Open to US and Canada residents ONLY! Special thanks to Bob and everyone at Xtrema for sponsoring this giveaway. GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a free skillet and tea set provided to me by Xtrema in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Special Valentine's Day Review and Giveaway-Build A Bear Be Mine Dalmatian






Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're always looking for something new to get the girls. They definitely don't need anymore candy as they are always wound up enough and flowers and kids just don't mix, little one likes to go up and smell flowers and try to eat them. This year, my girls got a very special and early Valentine's Day present courtesy of Build A Bear Workshop. I love Build A Bear Workshop and quite honestly have never gotten the chance to visit one, but I have heard so many great things about it and have checked out their website. My oldest daughter really wanted a Jonas Dog for Christmas, but around here, they were really hard to find. Unfortunately, I don't have a Build A Bear Workshop anywhere near me, the closest being about an hour and a half away. I was so fortunate to get the chance to work with Jayme from Build A Bear and she sent me two gift cards, one for each one of my girls, which in itself was generous enough. As I looked up the nearest Build A Bear Workshop and realized that we didn't have one where I thought we did, I emailed Jayme to see about using my cards and ordering online. She was so nice to ask me what pets I would like and she would order them from her end. That was a couple of days ago and today I received both of the cute and furry friends for my girls.



Little one received the Valentine Be Mine Dalmatian with the Dog Sound. I couldn't get her little friend out of the box fast enough before she was saying "puppy". She was eating, so once I cleaned her up, she grabbed her puppy and hasn't let it go since. This little guy is absolutely adorable in his heart sweater and red collar with a heart on it. I love that there's even cute little red foil hearts inside the heart on the collar. The black spots on the dalmatian are hearts too, so if you love hearts this is definitely for you! Little one's puppy also has a red heart around one of the eyes and a bone that says "Be Mine", it is absolutely adorable. She definitely loved it and I can see it will be her best buddy for a long time to come.


My oldest received the Soft Satin Be Mine Dalmatian. This is so cute in that this animal came with a beautiful red satin dress and red "Be Mine" bone. It lloks just like little one's dog with the exception of the outfit. Of course, the sound on this dog was the Jonas Brothers songs, three of them and when the oldest just got home from school, it didn't take her long to get it out of the box, which I forgot to mention looked liked little houses. I don't think she took her coat off before she went for it. Needless to say, I think both girls enjoyed their new furry puppies, because I don't see them anywhere and the girls are nowhere to be seen!
I love that you can customize your pets and friends with a variety of sounds including roar, giggle, monkey, I Love You, I Carly, Hannah Montana and more. This just makes it more personal and adds that special touch.


Build A Bear's Mission is to bring the Teddy Bear to life. As an American icon, the Teddy Bear brings to mind warm thoughts about our childhood, about friendship, about trust and comfort, and also about love. Build A Bear Workshop embodies those thoughts in how they run their business everyday.

Build A Bear Workshop opened their first store in 1997 in St Louis, Missouri and today there are over 400 stores worldwide and just over 70 million furry friends adventuring around the globe. Build A Bear Workshop is the only global company that offers an interactive "make your own" stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. In 2007, the interactive experience was enhanced all the way to CyBEAR space with launch of BuildABearville.com, the company's virtual world that is stuffed with fun. I haven't had a chance to check out BuildABearville.com yet, but I'm sure it will be fun when my oldest and I get a chance to look it over.

Build A Bear Workshop offers a variety of furry friends for you to make and choose from. Teddy Bears, Zoo Friends, Dogs and Cats, Bunnies, Wild Furry Friends, Donation Animals, Limited Editions and more. So much to pick! Then you get to the outfits and accessories, you can personalize your friend just the way you like to. Build A Bear Workshop was named to Fortune 500's 2009 "100 Best Companies To Work For" and is backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Build A Bear Workshop also partners with World Wildlife Fund, Bearemy's Kennel Pals, Build A Bear Workshop Foundation, and First Book.
To find out more information and to check out all that Build A Bear Workshop has to offer, please head over HERE.
Check out this great offer as well:









*Note-I had to add this to the review as being a HUGE Colts fan, this is what I want for Valentine's Day!
GIVEAWAY-

Build A Bear Workshop is giving TWO of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a $25 Build A Bear Gift Card to go and make your own little friend.

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Giveaway ends Wednesday 2/10 at NOON EST (This allows me time to hopefully pick the winner's and get your cards in the mail in time for Valentine's Day delivery!) Winners will be chosen by random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog. Winners will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Open to US residents ONLY! Special thanks to Jayme and Build A Bear Workshop for sponsoring this giveaway. GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review, only free stuffed animals provided to me by Build A Bear Workshop. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.


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