Build-A-Bear is the store I usually have to steer clear of whenever taking the kids to the mall. If I don’t, there is a guaranteed MELT DOWN because of how excited my two peanuts get whenever they see the possibilities that are within those walls.

Well, yesterday was their day because Bill and I took the kids to make… I mean build their very own stuffed animal. In case you never took your children to one of these stores, here’s what happens:


First you get to pick which stuffed animal you want to bring to life. My children opted for the monkey.


Then you get to pick out a sound which is a lot of fun. There are a ton to choose from. From ‘Happy Birthday’ to a lion’s roar – all bases are covered.



You take everything to the stuffing station. Your child picks a heart, gives it a kiss and the worker places it inside the animal. The kids push down on a pedal which runs the machine. They truly are involved in the entire process.


At this point, the animal is finished. The kids take their new pet over to the washing station and air comes out of the fake tub. If they want, there are brushes to scrub their dolls and get them ready for an outfit.


This is the last stage and the only time an adult really needs to do something. I created a birth certificate for the monkey and asked Liam what he wanted to name the doll. He said “this”. I said – you want to name the monkey “this”? And he re-confirmed. So “this” it was! LOL.


This morning I woke up to find the kids already on the couch watching television. Look who Liam decided to bring along – his new best friend!


The Build-A-Bear Workshop will like to give a $25 gift card to one of INO Mommy’s Facebook fans. To enter, all you have to do is finish this sentence. “The person in my life who needs a Build-A-Bear furry friend is ________________.”  It’s that simple!!! I will pick a winner tomorrow.

** Full disclosure: Company sent Bear Bucks for me to experience the workshop.

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