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Monday, February 1, 2010

Build A Bear for Valentine's Day Review (giveaway closed)

Alex is at the age that he LOVES to do things by himself. He likes to pick these out, put things together, play, and complete a task all on his own. Alex also loves dogs in every shape, size, and color. So, naturally a trip to our local Build A Bear Workshop to make the new Be Mine Dalmatian, was very exciting for him.

We went on Saturday, with our coupon in hand (more on that later) to create a friend for Alex. When he saw the Be Mine Dalmatian, he was very excited to reach in the bin and choose his own to make. He also picked out the Heart Argyle Sweater for his dog to wear. Actually, he chose a dress first that he said his sister would like. I explained that while his idea was very sweet, this dog was just for him. Once he understood that, he chose the sweater. :)

  *There are plenty of sweet clothing items and accessories to deck out your furry friend for Valentine's Day. See the selection here.

I walked with him over to the sounds. He made sure to push every button and listen to every sound. I wanted to get the "record your own" sound but he was sold on the "Buddy 5-in-1" sound as soon as he heard it. In fact, he liked it so well that he named his dog "Buddy".

Our next stop was at the stuffing machine. Here is where Alex got to see his dog come to life. We were greeted by a very friendly associate who showed Alex how to push the pedal to stuff his dog.

He then chose a heart out of the case to place in his dog. Of course, you can't just put it in. You have to warm it up, put it on your nose, turn in a circle, make a wish, and give it a kiss before you put it in. This helps the animal come to life and lets him/her know that he/she is loved. (It really is so sweet to watch all the steps.)

Finally, "Buddy" was finished and we could give him an air bath, make a birth certificate at the computer (Alex loved helping me push the buttons with the shapes on them), and get him ready to go home. Alex proudly carried him through the mall but wanted him out of his box for the ride home.

Now that Alex has his new friend, he can play games with him online and earn points to purchase more things for his dog. I love how this builds on his imaginative play with "Buddy" and gives us time together at the same time.

There really is nothing like taking Alex to Build A Bear. It's such a good time. I'm excited for when Eliana will be old enough to enjoy that with us too.

Oh, yes. I almost forgot to share pictures of adorable Buddy and his handsome sweater. :)

Do you plan on taking a trip to your local Build A Bear Workshop or to the website for some fun shopping? Don't go without this coupon. It will get you a free sound for your new friend. (Valued up to $8) Just click it to enlarge and print!


I have one $25 gift card from Build A Bear to giveaway that can be used in-store or online!!

To enter:
  • Visit Build A Bear and tell me which specific furry friend you would like to get for yourself or someone else. 
    • Please include your e-mail address with every entry! If I can't get a hold of you, you can't win. 

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway will run until February 16th at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be selected by using and will be contacted and announced on February 17th. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours, I will randomly select another winner.

** Thanks to Build A Bear for a $25 gift card to use towards creating the Be Mine Dalmatian for Alex.**

**This review is based strictly on my experience and opinion. I was not compensated in any way to influence my choice of words. Other opinions or experiences may not be the same as my own.**



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