Shop BLINQ this holiday season and save up to 70% off retail prices (giveaway ends 12/6/15)


Christmas Gifts

Now that Thanksgiving is over it means that the holiday season has officially begun. Most people will be shopping up a storm looking for the perfect holiday gifts at rock bottom prices.

I used to be DONE holiday shopping by the start of November. The past few years it hasn’t worked out that way. Even today, on Thanksgiving, I have 3 gifts for my kids (in total). My husband and I need to get going and start getting some shopping done.

I try and avoid stores – most especially the mall – from Thanksgiving until mid-January. I dislike crowds, long lines and spending an hour just to find a parking spot. I prefer to do my shopping online from the comfort of my home.

When you shop at a mall you can bounce from store to store looking for the best deals. When you are shopping online it’s a bit harder because you don’t know what sites to hit up.

Imagine if you could shop online for electronics, toys, entertainment, clothing and more – all on one site? Even better – what if you can save upwards of 70% off retail prices AND get FREE shipping on every order too.

The site I am referring to is called BLINQ. It’s a fitting name since the items the site sells are so “hot” that if you “blink” they could be gone.


BLINQ has the best prices around, guaranteed.

How is BLINQ able to offer such rock bottom prices? It’s because retailers often send tons of fully functional products into landfills. Instead of sending these perfectly good items into landfills, BLINQ has teamed up with retailers to offer the products at huge discounts.

When you look at it it’s a win-win-win situation all around. Retails can sell their excess inventory, consumers get great products at huge discounts and it keeps all of these products out of the landfills.

I’ve been looking for gift items for family and friends on the site and came across some awesome deals.

My daughter LOVES bags. She has for years. She has amassed a nice collection.

Several years ago we were in New York City and she saw a sidewalk vendor selling “designer” bags (aka – fake knock offs). We didn’t really get it that they were not REAL bags. She also saw a “Coach” bag she just HAD to have. We told her it wasn’t really Coach, but she bought it anyway with money she had saved.


To this day my husband and I refer to that bag as the “Couch” (as in what you sit on) bag. LOL!

My daughter has been begging us for a Michael Kors bag for the past two years. A brand new bag is not within our budget. I even went so far as to look on an auction site for one, but the ones they sold there were used and in poor shape and still very expensive.

Michael Kors Bag on BLINQ

BLINQ has a beautiful Michael Kors bag that I know my daughter would LOVE. It’s a Michael Kors Selma Large East West Satchel. The bag retails for $358, but BLINQ has it for $188. That is almost a 47% savings. WOW!

I also found a fun gift for my husband on BLINQ. He’s just a big kid at heart and he LOVES the Toy Story trilogy. In fact, the first movie we saw when we started dating was Toy Story, so the film has some meaning to us. BLINQ has all three films, Toy Story 1-3, on Blu-ray for only $28.99. We have Toy Story 1 & 2 on DVD, but we’re missing #3. We’d also prefer to have them on Blu-ray. This would make a great gift for my husband.

I’ve already done a little shopping on BLINQ. I’ve already ordered a few things – including “gifts” for our pets.


Quiet Time Deluxe Fleece Double Bolster – I picked up a few of these for my pets because the beds they have are looking pretty gross and there are only so many times I can wash them. They are also not soft and fuzzy anymore. I know they will love these. They were 65% off retail price too.

Cupcake Pillow

DCI Cupcake 18×16″ Yummy Pillow – We’re getting the kids new beds (mattresses) and “bed in a bag” sets for Christmas. I wanted to get them new pillows too. My daughter loves decorative throw pillows AND she loves cupcakes. I thought this pillow would make a fun gift. It looks so real, it’s hard to believe it’s a PILLOW.

I even purchased a pillow from BLINQ for my son – as a joke.

Four of our five cats hanging out on my son's bed.

Four of our five cats hanging out on my son’s bed.

All of our cats love to lie on his bed. He’s an animal lover and doesn’t mind. I often find him in his room, on his computer (sitting in his bed) surrounded by the cats. We jokingly call the bed “Hair Central.” Needless to say we wash his bedding all the time.

I found this cute, realistic looking pillow on BLINQ that I am going to give him as a joke.

Manual Cat Shaped Pillow

Even if he doesn’t want it I have no problem putting this on our couch. I think it’s cute.

I have to admit that I picked up a holiday gift (ok… two gifts) for myself from BLINQ too.

I like to collected garden gnomes, but not just any type of gnome. Mine are all zombie gnomes. It started with one. I thought it was cool. It didn’t start out as a collection, but now it is one.

My gnome collection

My gnome collection. There are two missing from the photo.

Keep in mind we live in a condo and don’t have a yard. WHY I have a collection of garden gnomes I’ll never know. Ha ha.

Zombies are a “hot” trend these days, thanks to The Walking Dead (I’ve liked zombies long before they were “cool”).

I found several zombie items on BLINQ that would make fun gifts for the zombie fan in your life.


Zombie Garden Gnome Statue 7″L Figurine Crawling Undead Horror Figurine

I picked up the garden gnome to add to my morbid collection. I also found these fun zombie coasters.


The Pacific Giftware Walking Horror Twisted Zombies w/ Coaster Set Figurine will be a lot of fun to use next Halloween.

OK… back to REAL holiday gift ideas.

I’m going to order this cute doormat for my father and step-mother. They LOVE Dachshunds (they have one). I thought this mat would be a sweet gift for their house. It’s called the Fiddler’s Elbow Dachshunds / Path Doormat.

Fiddlers Elbow Dachshunds Doormat

BLINQ has it all including electronics, jewelry, toys, games, clothing, pet supplies, home decor – and so much more! Best of all you can save upwards of 70% off and get FREE shipping on all orders.

The only “downside” about BLINQ is that once the product is gone – it’s gone. Like I said, if you “blink” you might miss out. That is why you should bookmark the site and check often to take advantage of great deals when you spot them.

Check out BLINQ for yourself at www.BLINQ.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom right of the home page.

To see what others are saying about BLINQ for holiday gifting check out the hashtag #BLINQGiftGuide.

BLINQ would like to give a lucky reader a $25 gift code that can be used at BLINQ.com. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 6, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what you would like to purchase from BLINQ.com – something for yourself or something to give as a gift?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a gift code to try out the site as well as to review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: A Christmas Horror Story


A Christmas Horror Story DVD Cover

Available today on Blu-ray and DVD is A Christmas Horror Story.

This time of year people are thinking about fun, family friendly, heart-warming holiday movies. The word “horror” doesn’t normally come to mind when you think about Christmas movies.

I’m a fan of the horror genre. I enjoy horror movies year round. I was surprised to learn about a horror film that was based upon the beloved holiday of Christmas.

A Christmas Horror story is actually several stories woven into one movie. They are all inter-connected and they all happen on Christmas Eve.

The film starts off with Santa covered in blood and a huge gash across his face. There is something evil trying to bang down the doors, but you won’t find out what it is until the end of the film.

During the course of the film you’ll see the story line involving Santa and the zombie elves.

One of Santa’s elves gets sick – the point where he dies. But Santa’s elves DON’T die.

A Christmas Horror Story Screen Shot Zombie Elf

It turns out the elf was infected and he comes back to life, turning the other elves into killer zombies too.

In another story we learn about a Police Officer who is taking a break from his job after a horrific murder scene he went to a year earlier on Christmas Eve.

The Police Officer takes his family out to chop down a Christmas tree. He knowingly and willingly trespasses on someone’s land and steals a Christmas tree for his family. He knew he was breaking the law. He should have never had gone there.

After his family chops down a tree and they are taking it back to their truck, the couple’s son goes missing. They find him but he doesn’t seem right. There is something different about him. Something his parents should be very afraid of…

In another story three teenagers go to investigate the site of the grisly murder that happened a year earlier on Christmas Eve (the same murder scene the Police Officer investigated).

The murder happened at a Catholic school, downstairs in the basement where unwed teenage mothers delivered their babies. They were hidden in the basement so no one could see them.

A Christmas Horror Story Screen Shot 2 School Teens

One young mother claimed to have became pregnant through immaculate conception. She was one of the residents in the basement area until she killed herself trying to abort her baby.

Creepy things are going on in the basement, which makes it even scarier for the teens when they find that they are locked down in the basement and there is no way out.

In another story a family visits a spooky elderly relative. Their great aunt kicks the family out after their son purposely breaks a strange looking figurine that looked a lot like Satan (part man, part goat). On their way back home they have a car accident and have to walk through the woods at night to find their way back to their relative’s house. The only problem is they are not alone in the woods. Something is following them.

In between the stories there is a story line involving William Shatner as a local DJ (I believe he’s the grandfather of the family who got into the car accident, mentioned above). He loves Christmas and is thrilled to be playing his favorite holiday tunes. He goes on to talk about how wonderful this time of year is (all while enjoying spiked egg nog).

The weather man from the radio station appears to be having a very bad day. He leaves abruptly to go to the mall to help with a food drive.

As the DJ’s story line progresses he talks about something tragic that happened at the mall, but he doesn’t go into much detail about it. All viewers know is that the Police were there and there was a hostage situation.

William Shatner A Christmas Horror Story DJ Story Line

Throughout the movie viewers go in and out of each story line. I like the way the filmmakers did that because they flow together nicely. I also think it’s interesting that all the stories are some how connected with each other and they all take place on Christmas Eve.

Some parts of the film were predictable, however the ending of the film totally blew our minds (mine and my husband’s). We did NOT see that coming. The ending pulls all of the stories together and you will never, ever anticipate the ending. Bravo to the filmmakers for doing a great job with that.

The movie wasn’t scary for die hard horror movie fans, like myself. I did jump out of my seat at one part because I didn’t see it coming.

There is a lot of gore, but not as bad as it could be – thankfully. There are zombie elves heads being split into to, someone losing a hand and plenty of blood.

There is a lot of foul language in this film. I could have done without that. They could have done this film WITHOUT the foul language.

There is no nudity, but there are sexual situations. This is another thing the movie could have done without. NOTE TO FILMMAKERS – you CAN make a film WITHOUT sex, nudity and/or foul language.

A Christmas Horror Story Screen Shot Krampus

The special effects are really cool. Again, kudos to the filmmakers. Their Krampus character (pictured above) was really cool looking – right down to his awesome “six-pack” abs. LOL!

I asked my husband for his thoughts on the film, and he replied (and I quote), “Weird. It was just so weird.” I have to agree with him. The movie was weird, but very entertaining at the same time. There wasn’t really any slow parts, and the film keeps you guessing what it going to happen right under the very end. Again, you’ll NEVER expect the ending.

This is NOT a film for children. I would give it an “R” rating because of the foul language, sexual situations and graphic horror. You will NOT find a jolly St. Nick, cuddly reindeer and merry elves in this movie.

There is a bonus feature on the DVD version of the film (the version I have) which gives you a behind the scenes look at the making of the film and how the film went from an idea to an actual movie.

I have to say this film was fun to watch and very entertaining.

Look for A Christmas Horror Story where ever movies are sold.

Here is the trailer for your entertainment.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinons expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Black Friday and Holiday Offers on Riteaid.com


Christmas Gifts

Can you believe in a few days it’s Thanksgiving, followed by the official start of the holiday season – Black Friday. Wow! Seems like just yesterday we were back-to-school shopping.

I am not one to go anywhere near the mall, or most stores, after Thanksgiving. I know people who live for Black Friday sales. I tried shopping on Black Friday once, abut 17 years ago. I’ll never do that again. It scared me for life. LOL!

I prefer to do most of my shopping online. During the holiday season you can find equally as impressive sales online, and many places even offer free shipping. Why spend an hour looking for a parking spot and waiting on endless lines when you can do your shopping from the comfort of your home – even while still in your pajamas!

If you read my blog regularly you know that I post about a lot of cool thing you can find at your neighborhood Rite Aid store. Did you know that you can also shop at Rite Aid online? Simply visit RiteAid.com to find the same in-store savings, but online.

RiteAid.com is having some great Black Friday sales you might want to make note of.

Black Friday Week (November 22 – 28, 2015)

FREE SHIPPING all week with a minimum order of $25.00

  • Sunday – Wednesday get $10 off a $50 purchase (use code BLACKFRIDAY), or $25 off a $100 purchase (use code BLACKFRIDAY25).
  • Thursday – Saturday get 30% OFF site wide for everyone (wellness+ with Plenti card membership not required).
  • In addition to the 30% OFF site wide, wellness+ with Plenti card members will also receive special BOGO and BOGO50 offers when they sign into their online account. Wellness+ with Plenti card members will be able to combine the 30% OFF site wide offer with the BOGO and BOGO50 offers for an incredible value on additional savings!

Cyber Week (November 29 – December 5, 2015)

FREE SHIPPING all week with a minimum order of $25.00

  • Sunday get 20% off site wide for everyone (wellness+ with Plenti card membership not required. No promo code needed)
  • Cyber Monday get 30% off site wide for everyone (wellness+ with Plenti card membership not required. No promo code needed).
  • Tuesday – Friday receive 20% off site wide for everyone (wellness+ with Plenti card membership not required. No promo code needed).
  • Saturday is Member Appreciation Day. Members (only) can get 30% off and MUST sign in to online account and wellness+ with Plenti card required. No promo code is needed.

Exclusive Holiday Offers (December 6 – 12, 2015)

FREE SHIPPING all week with a minimum order of $25.00

Site Wide:

  • $10 off $50 (use promo code: HOLIDAY10)
  • $15 off $75 (use promo code: HOLIDAY15)
  • $20 off $100 (use promo code: HOLIDAY20)

Exclusive Offers:

  • $10 off $40 (use promo code: GIFT10)
  • $20 off $75 (use promo code: GIFT20)
  • $25 off $100 (use promo code: GIFT25)

Get FREE SHIPPING December 13 – 19, 2015) – no minimum required.

Site Wide:

  • $10 off $50 (use promo code: FREESHIP10)
  • $20 off $100 (use promo code: FREESHIP20)
  • Thursday – Saturday – $5.00 expedited shipping.

I hope that you’ll enjoy these extra savings from RiteAid.com to shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Feel free to share these promo codes and information with family and friends.

Happy Holidays!

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*Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A fun “stocking stuffer” and gift idea – Exotic Angels’ Joy Globe


Christmas Gifts

Each year it gets a little harder to come up with fun and unique gift ideas for people on your holiday shopping list that are not necessarily friends or family – but people you want to show gratitude for like your mailman, bus driver, favorite bank teller or your child’s teacher. Over the years I have discussed gifts with teachers I know and they all tell me the same thing – there is only so many mugs a teacher can use.

I have a fun holiday gift idea that won’t “break the bank” and it’s something the receiver can enjoy year round. It’s a Exotic Angels‘ Joy Globe. They are the perfect holiday gift for your kids’ teachers, a yoga instructor, or for a Secret Santa.  Exotic Angel Joy Globes are also great hostess gifts so be sure to keep them on hand for last minute invitations.

What exactly is an Exotic Angels’ Joy Globe? It’s a beautifully made glass globe that contains an Air Plant (Tillandsia). An Air Plant is a tiny, living plant that does not require much water. The plant adds an ethereal element to these lovely ornaments.

The ornamental globes come in festive colors including red, gold and silver to match everyone’s holiday décor. They even sparkle too!


After the holiday, the plants can be transplanted to any open top container to enjoy year round.

In a way this is a gift within a gift. The recipient gets a beautiful LIVING ornament for their Christmas tree and then after the holiday they can enjoy the little plant year round. You can put the plant in another container and re-purpose the holiday globe. You could even pop the little plant back inside the holiday globe next Christmas and hang it back up on your tree.

Please don’t pack the plant away with your holiday ornaments. The plants inside are alive and probably won’t survive until the next time you unbox your ornaments for Christmas 2016.

I was sent some of the Exotic Angel Joy Globes to review. They are much lovelier in person than they are in the photos. I love how they a sparkle! I bet they are going to look spectacular with the light from Christmas lights flickering and dancing off of the sparkles on the globes. I cannot wait to add them to our tree.


The back of the globes are covered with "glitter" in red, gold, silver and green.

The back of the globes are covered with “glitter” in red, gold, silver and green.

You don’t need to hang these off a Christmas tree either. You can easily display these on a counter top or shelf. Just be careful that they don’t get knocked over because they are made out of glass and will shatter if they hit the floor. Should that happen (and I hope it never does) at least I know the little plant can go inside just about any kind of reciprocal such as a small bowl, tea cup, tiny terra cotta pot and more.

You can find the Exotic Angel Joy Globes at retail locations such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Walmart. They retail for around $7.98.

If you would like to learn more about Exotic Angel plants please visit CostaFarms.com/ExoticAngel.

What do you think of gifting someone more (or more) of these lovely Exotic Angel Joy Globes? Would you like to receive some as a gift? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Capture the joy and warmth of the holiday season through coloring



I have a confession to make – I love to color. I always have, ever since I was a little girl.

My husband is not afraid to admit that he likes to color too. Yes! Men color too. In fact, every year for Christmas I always buy him a brand new box of Crayola Crayons (the 64 count size with the built in sharpener). It started off as a joke, but it turned into a holiday tradition.

My husband and I sometimes sit and color together. We both find it very soothing and relaxing. After a stressful day, sitting down to color for 30-60 minutes helps us to relax and unwind.

My kids are teenagers now but they used to love to sit and color with us too.

I like to color different kinds of things. I’m not picky. My husband on the other hand likes to color scenes and landscapes.

I think it’s great that “adult” coloring books have been popping up at book stores and online. Now more and more people are aware of the benefits to coloring.

I have a few adult coloring books. One is mostly scenery and landscapes and the other one has a variety of things (animals, flowers, designs…).

I even have about 100 colored pencils (most are different colors) so that I can color just about anything.

Not too long ago my husband and I were walking around Barnes & Noble, killing time before we went to go see The Peanuts Movie. While we were there was happened across a Christmas adult coloring book. The book is appropriately titled Christmas to Color.

Christmas to Color

Step into a wintry wonderland with illustrator Mary Tanana’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations of Christmas magic, lovingly represented in this delicately rendered coloring book. From snowflakes to stockings, reindeer to wreaths, every aspect of the holidays is waiting to be brought to life through your creativity. With nearly one hundred pages of pen-and-ink drawings, the wintry coloring book fun will last you well into the new year!

I was sent a copy of the book to review from Harper Collins Publishing Company.

Christmas to Color has a lot of different deigns inside the pages of the book. Some are easy and simple and others are a lot more involved and difficult. There is a nice assortment.

The designs are such that you’ll need to use colored pencils or markers to color them. Crayons will not work. The book is for people ages 4 and up, as long as you use something with a “fine tip.” I have colored pencils. For some of the designs I think I want to use markers so that they are more vibrant.

I snapped some photos inside the book to give you an idea what it’s like. Some of the photos didn’t turn out so good (it’s not easy to take pictures and hold a book open at the same time), but hopefully you can see enough so you know what to expect from the book.

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

I’ve been working on bits and pieces here and there (I color bits and pieces on different pages – whatever suits my whim at that time).

So far I have finished one page completely, but I am considering coloring in the background.

It’s not the greatest, but it’s the best I can do. I suffer from Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist/hand and I’m right handed. Sometimes it’s fine, other times its hard to hold a pencil.

Coloring Page

The flash on the camera made the colors a bit lighter than they actually are.

Please excuse the spots I went outside of the lines or didn’t color in fully. It was due to my Carpal.

Even though I’ll never be an artist, it’s still relaxing and enjoyable to color. Christmas to Color is the perfect book for this time of year.

The page even lie flat too, which makes it easier to color. You could also easily tear out a page and hang it up in a frame if you wanted to turn your coloring into wall art.

Christmas to Color would make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. It’s also a fun way to introduce coloring to grown ups on your holiday shopping list.

Look for Christmas to Color at a bookstore near you. You can also find it on the Harper Collins website where the book is also available for purchase. The book retails for $15.99. Pair this with a package of  colored pencils and/or markers and you have a fun gift.

You can also follow Harper Collins on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about this coloring book? Are you into coloring? Do you own any “adult” coloring books?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Give a Bears for Humanity Teddy for Christmas – the Gift That Gives Twice!


close up of woman in sweater with christmas ball

It’s the holiday season – time for good will towards others, finding the perfect gift for that special someone and enjoying quality time with family and friends.

I love that people are more charitable this time of year. I only wish that the good will towards others extended well past the holiday season – even better – year round.

We do what we can throughout the year when it comes to making charitable donations. We donate food (both food for people and food to our local animal shelter), cash and products. When the holiday season swings around my family and I increase our efforts to do good for others. We donate more food and buy gifts for children.

Two years ago my family and I were visiting a local plant nursery, checking out their holiday decorations (they have a section that sells holiday decor). The nursery also sold real Christmas trees. That year we paid for a Christmas tree and told the young lady at checkout that the next person who comes in to purchase a Christmas tree, use the money we gave them to pay for it.

As luck would have it the next family came in shortly after we left. We were able to see them at the cash register from our car through the windows. As we were pulling away the man came running out into the parking lot, waving at us with a huge smile on his face.

We live in an affluent area, but there are plenty of people who struggle to get by. We’d like to hope that the family that benefited from the tree we purchase needed a little holiday magic.

Outdoor Family Choosing Christmas Tree Together

We meant to do that again last year but we couldn’t afford it. This year we’re a little better off so we plan on doing that again.

What if there was a way you could purchase a holiday gift for someone on your shopping list and give to charity at the same time? It would be a win-win situation all around.

When you purchase a teddy bear from Bears For Humanity™, not only do you (or the gift recipient) receive a beautifully made teddy bear, the purchase also instantly doubles as a gift for a child in need.

When you purchase from Bears for Humanity you can select from one of the listed charities for your donation bear to be delivered to. The donated bears are personally delivered to a needy veteran’s house, a children’s hospital or an underprivileged household.

What a wonderful idea! I wish more companies would consider doing something like this. As a person with a big heart who believes in supporting charities, I would purchase from companies that did something like this over a company that doesn’t.


Currently the charities benefiting from the donated bears are;

The bears come in two different sizes and several colors.

The 16″ Premium Bear is $39.99 and the 7″ Baby Bear is $19.99. They come in colors such as white, light brown, dark brown, blue and pink.

Check out this brief video that explains more about Bears for Humanity.

About 10 years ago I helped out a young lady with her Gold Eagle project for Girl Scouts. It was called The Bear Fair. Funds collected from the event were used to purchase teddy bears to donate to local rescue organizations (Police Department, Fire Department and Ambulance companies).

When a child is scared they need something to provide them with comfort. That is what the Teddy Bears that were donated were used for. They were given to children involved in car accidents, house fires and other tragic situations.

I truly believe that a teddy bear can provide comfort for both young and old alike.

I have teddy bears. In fact, I sleep with one of them at night on occasion. If I have been having an especially stressful day I find that snuggling with “Mr. Bear” (which is what I call him) makes me feel a lot better.

All of the charities that Bears for Humanity work with work with children, adults and families in need. I am proud to support such wonderful charities. I have linked to each of them (above) so that you can learn more about them. Toys for Tots is one that we donate toys to every holiday season.

The bears sold at Bears for Humanity are not just ordinary bears. Bears for Humanity are made with only 100% Certified Organic Cotton/ Hemp. Plus, they are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic which gives parents the peace of mind they don’t get from polyester plush toys.

Baby Bears

Large Bears

The bears are made here in the United States through CalWorks. CalWorks provides jobs to at-risk mothers, fathers and caregivers.

Even toy industry experts have also taken notice of this new company. Dr. Toy was first to award Bears for Humanity the Green Toy Company award followed by National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Playonwords.com PAL
Award, Able Play Seal of Approval and most recently, Mom’s Choice Award—GOLD seal of approval.

The Parents’ Choice Foundation also awarded the company their Gold Award.

The Choice Foundation said, “Among the ways we learn is through imitation and practice – of tasks, process and behavior. Be it the importance of reading, or teaching children empathy and responsibility, parents set the stage. But busy lives can interfere; giving to and helping others takes time, thought and understanding. Making a contribution with a positive impact, even in its smallest form, feels good. Doing it again feels better.

Creating a pattern becomes habit and habits create change. Enter Bears for Humanity. From the materials sourced to the workforce employed, to the carefully screened “Buy One, Give One” program, this company is as much a teacher as it is a manufacturer. These lessons of philosophy and business practice are worth patterning and passing along.

My Sammi Bear

My Sammie Bear

When giving a bear to a child, be sure to share the bear’s story. Present it as an age appropriate introduction to empathy and responsibility: getting a hug feels great; giving one feels pretty good too. And by the way, “hugs” can take many forms.”

The Premium Bears have jointed limbs, making them a great addition for any childhood adventure or tea party.

Currently the available bears are;

  • Sammie—iconic beige
  • Sassie—pink
  • Snowie—white
  • Snugglie—chocolate brown
  • Sweetie—blue

Bears for Humanity

The company also makes the non-jointed 7” baby bears (mentioned above) and assortment of accessories for the Premium Bears.

I was sent one of the bears to review. I chose Sammie, the classic iconic beige bear.

I love that his arms and legs move. It’s not often that you come across a bear with movable limbs. You can position him (or her if you choose to make it a girl) sitting down, standing up and a variety of other positions.

This is a quality bear. You can tell from the very first time you hold it in you hands. You can tell that this bear was made with love and attention to detail. I don’t see any lose strings, holes or shedding.

These are not the type of bear you put on a shelf and just look at it (unless you want to). These bears were made to be played with, snuggled with an fully enjoyed.

My review bear also included the opportunity for me to donate the same bear. I chose Toys for Tots.

Teddy bears are not just for children. I’m an adult and I love teddy bears very much (most plush toys – I have a collection of them).

If you are looking for a special gift for the holiday season (or year round), I hope you’ll consider Bears for Humanity. These would also make great gifts for baby showers, new parents, birthday’s and more.

Be sure to let the gift recipient know that another bear will be donated to the charity of your choice.

For more information please visit BearsforHumanity.com. Look for the brand on social media too.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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