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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of

With back-to-school season behind you and Christmas what seems like eons away (careful … it’s really not!), you might think now is a time to sit back, relax and put that pesky wallet away for a little while.

Well, think again! Now is the perfect time to stock up on some birthday gifts or early holiday presents at fabulous prices. Today’s deals offer discounts on everything a little kid could ever want or desire from great places like Build-A-Bear Workshop, Melissa & Doug, Scholastic and more. Stock up now while the getting is cheap and we promise you, eventually you will be able to put that pesky wallet away.

  1. Build-A-Bear Workshop. 25% off all Furever Princess Friends and Accessories (No code needed). Expires 9/25/2014.
  2. Melissa & Doug. Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Puzzle (Coupon code: PUZZLEBOGO). Expires 9/30/2014.
  3. ScholasticExtra 10% off all your orders (Coupon code: REBMR). Expires 12/31/2014.
  4. DisneystoreSave Up to 40% on New Markdowns (No code needed). Expires 10/05/2014.
  5. Discovery Store. Save 10% on your purchase over $50 (No code needed, follow the link). Expires 12/31/2014.

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Spreading the Military Love at Build-A-Bear with the USO

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Creating a furry friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop is already an enjoyable activity, but it’s even better when the animal-making is for a good cause!

On May 14, elementary school students from St. Aloysius in Harlem, along with area military families and their children, gathered at New York City’s flagship Build-A-Bear store in partnership with the USO. The group made bears on behalf of the organization (who will send the stuffed animals to additional families) and got to take home some furry friends of their own, as students and families received store gift cards from Build-A-Bear and the USO, respectively.

Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, the 2009 “Huggable Heroes” and founders of the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers, were also present at the event. “We provide cost-free communication tools so that the military members can call home for free,” Robbie says. “To date, we’ve been able to provide more than 204 million minutes of free talk time and have been able to raise more than 12 million dollars and recycle over a 11 million cell phones.”

Their organization does not send actual phones overseas; rather people can donate used devices at over 6,000 locations across the country or via mail. The brother and sister pair then receives funding from a recycling company that allows them to purchase calling cards.

The Bergquists began this initiative in 2004.”We have two cousins who are active-duty military,” Brittany says. “At the time we founded this organization, our cousin, who’s a chaplin, was deploying into Bagdhad, and we had an incident very shortly after where we had no communication with him,” she explains, noting they did not hear from him for several weeks. “We had no idea if he was safe or not.” She adds, “We realized that we never wanted to go through that ourselves and we never wanted any other families to have to go through that either.”

Want to nominate a Huggable Hero of your own? As Build-A-Bear notes, “Our annual Huggable Heroes program supports a wide range of causes and champions un-bear-lievable efforts of young people who are making a difference. The 2014 Huggable Heroes will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship and $2,500 to be donated to the cause of their choice.” The deadline for nominations is June 12, and more information is available here. “Working with Build-A-Bear has been a dream,” Brittany said. “The platform that they give to young people who are doing good in their communities is amazing, and this new ‘Every Moment Counts’ program and recognizing and celebrating heroes is right up our alley.”

It’s easy to support the USO’s efforts–for every message of gratitude that includes the hashtag #babwUSOthanks, Build-A-Bear will donate $1 to the organization until June 30.

(Photo courtesy A.E. Fletcher Photography) 

Got a bear lover in your family? Try out this cute craft!

How to Make a Pom-Pom Polar Bear
How to Make a Pom-Pom Polar Bear
How to Make a Pom-Pom Polar Bear

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of

If we were able to think ahead past what’s for dinner tonight (hmmm…what is for dinner tonight?), we might consider opening a separate savings account just to save money for all the gifts our kids need to buy for their little friends this year. No matter how old your child is, chances are he or she will be invited to a plethora of birthday parties this year. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. This week’s deals over discounts on great gift ideas for kids from Build-a-Bear Workshop, Personal Creations, Kmart and more.

More shopping. Less guilt. We call that a win-win.

  1. Build-A-Bear Workshop. $10 off orders $30 or more (Coupon code: 98366). Expires 05/01/2014.
  2. Personal Creations. 25% off your order (No coupon code needed, click through). Expires 06/30/2014. 
  3. Kmart. $10 off orders of $100 or more (Coupon code: SPECIALK10). Expires 01/31/2015.
  4. New Customers Only: $20 off orders $40 or more (Coupon code: HSNNEW2014). Expires03/31/2014.
  5. 10% off all orders (Coupon code: CSSURVEY2014). Expires 12/31/2014.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of

If you and the kids are seriously suffering through this winter of cold weather and snow, imagine how much nicer those days indoors would be if you could keep boredom at bay. This week’s deals offers discounts on toys from the Disney Store, giggle and Build-A-Bear … plus more!

  1. Build-A-Bear Workshop. $5 off your purchase over $25 (Coupon code: BABW25). $15 off your purchase over $50 (Coupon code: BABW1550). Expires 02/07/2014.
  2. Personalized Children’s BooksSave $5 on all orders (Coupon code: Luv2Read). Expires 02/14/2014.
  3. giggle. 10% off your next purchase (Coupon code: WELCOME115684). Expires Today!
  4. Disney Store. $15 discount on all orders $100 or more (Coupon code: DMR15). Expires 06/30/2014.
  5. 25% off 1 item from your first purchase (Coupon code: YOYO25). Limited time offer.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


As the holidays grow closer, it’s time to start consulting with that holiday gift list again. Are nieces and nephews covered? What about your 5-year-old’s best friend, or your own best friend’s new baby?

There’s still plenty of time to shop and, luckily, plenty of amazing deals to help get you started. Here are some of the best from around the web this week:

1.  Build-A-Bear Workshop. Save $5 on Orders $10 or More (Coupon Code: 2000279). Expires 12/24/2013.

2. Toys R Us. $25 off Any Regular Priced LEGO Construction Set of $100 + Free Shipping (No code needed). Expires 12/21/2013.

3. Carter’s. 15% off Sitewide (Coupon Code: DEBC15SV). Expires 12/31/2013.

4. Kohl’s. Save 20% off Orders of $100 or More + Ships Free (Coupon Code: RUDOLPH20). Expires 12/24/2013.

5. Sears. Up To 50% off Clothing & Accessories For The Family + Extra 15% off (Coupon Code: DECSAVE15). Expires 12/31/2013.


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American Baby Baby’s Booty: Win a Build-a-Bear Baby Gift Set

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

My kids are crazy about Build-a-Bear Workshops, where you choose the skin of a new plush friend and then get it filled, right there in the store, with fluff. And they’ve got a new addition to announce: Baby gifts from Build-a-Bear! The line is called Hug-a-Cub. Since the new goods are for babies, you don’t have to wait in a store to get them stuffed (definitely more fun for the older kids). They do encourage you to order online, because there’s lots to chose from there. 

For instance, the 5-piece Brown Bear Gift Set can be personalized with Baby’s name. And I was excited to see this Sweet Velvet Bear who is allergy-friendly. There are a lot of Snugglers, too, those blankets-with-a-head that babies love so much.

Build-A-Bear is giving away THREE cuddly Hug a Cub 5-piece Brown Bear Gift Sets, including a soft bear, rattle, snuggler, blanket and bag to tote your treasures.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, November 27, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 2 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Our winners have been chosen. Congrats to Charley Elizabeth, Veronica Lynn Willyard and Mary Singer!

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Happy Hanukkah Holiday Shopping!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As a kid growing up in a Jewish home, it was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find decorations for my house…other than a menorah. Trying to find gifts for my family members? Forget about it! Manufacturers don’t make Hanukkah Santa hats or blue-and-white candy canes. Head into any  store and you’ll find rows of Christmas stuff, and if you’re lucky, a small rack dedicated to me and my fellow Jews. However, it seems this year that retailers are finally recognizing my shopping nightmare–and have granted us all a holiday wish: toys for those who don’t celebrate Christmas! Check out Build-a-Bear for quite a few blue-and-white customization options. If you don’t feel like getting creative, they even have a pre-made bear (featured to the right) all set and ready to buy! If you’re looking for a festive story time, you can check out the awesome Chanukah Lights pop-up book by Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda. Then, when all is said and done, head on over to Dylan’s Candy Bar for a variety of Hanukkah themed treats to nosh on. They’ve got everything from Gift Baskets to individual chocolate bars to chocolate dreidels. Happy Hanukkah!

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