Valentine’s Day is not only for romance (giveaway ends 2/12/14)



When most people think about Valentine’s Day I’m sure they imagine roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolates and romantic candle light dinners. Not me. I imagine giving my kids Valentine’s Day cards, pieces of heart shaped chocolates and if I’m lucky, dinner and a movie with my hubby. For me, Valentine’s Day is more about showing the people that you care most about in this world how much you love them.  I’m not alone. Almost all (92%) of Americans agree that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance – it’s about showing people you care about them.

Check out this interesting infographic about Valentine’s Day.


Do you agree with the statistics?

When it comes to your children or grandchildren, do you like to include them on Valentine’s Day? Do you like to give them a little something too?

A fun thing to do with, or for, your little one – or even that someone special who is just a big kid at heart (like me!) – is to visit Build-a-Bear and create a new friend. Build-a-Bear has many Valentine’s Day themed critters to choose from (as well as regular furry friends).

Build a Bear Valentines Day

Build-a-Bear also offers plenty of fun accessories to get your current “friends” ready for Valentine’s Day too.

My husband has his own Build-a-Bear. 🙂 Of course he’s wearing a “manly” outfit (jeans and a t-shirt). I have a Build-a-Bear too. I like to dress the pair up in seasonal and holiday outfits and keep them on display (we use them as decorations). Both of our children had about a dozen Build-a-Bears between them. Even though they are teenagers now and it’s “uncool” to go to Build-a-Bear, I bet they would go in a heart beat if they knew their friends wouldn’t find out. LOL! Teenagers… got to love them.

In addition to the adorable Valentine’s Day fashions, accessories and furry friend, Build-a-Bear is also offering consumers the opportunity to help out others with their “Million Hearts, Million Wishes, Million Ways to Help” campaign which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Build-a-Bear will be donating a minimum of $250,000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

As part of the Build-A-Bear Workshop “Million Hearts, Million Wishes, Million Ways to Help” effort, Guests can share photos of their “heart ceremony” when they wish on a limited edition “One in a Million” red satin heart that is added to their stuffed animal. For every photo shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest with #sharebabwwishes, Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $30,000. Build-A-Bear Workshop Guests can also make monetary donations to support Make-A-Wish at checkout in stores nationwide and online at www.BuildaBear.com through March.

If you are planning to visit Build-a-Bear in the near future I hope you will participate in this wonderful campaign to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

For more information about Build-a-Bear or to find a location near you visit BuildaBear.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter (@BuildaBear).

Build-a-Bear would like to give a lucky reader a $25 gift card so that they came make a new friend for themselves or for someone else. Thank you Build-a-Bear.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST).The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 might get at Build-a-Bear if you are the lucky winner? Would you use it towards a new furry friend or would you buy accessories for current Build-a-Bear plush friends?

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 (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Build-a-Bear will be providing the prize.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I would take my little grandson to buy accessories for the Cheerful Monkey he got for Christmas.

  2. I would get a new furry friend.

  3. Cynthia R says:

    I would use it to build a my little pony.

  4. I would use it for my daughter’s upcoming 4th birthday. We would buy Pink Hearts Hello Kitty, and maybe an accessory or two. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I would get the Happy Hugs Classic Teddy Bear.

  6. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I like Puppy Love and Sidney would love it too.

  7. Jamie Brigham says:

    I’d love love love to have the Sparkly Hearts Tons of Love Elephant

  8. Christina says:

    I would let my daughter pick something out, but I am pretty sure she would decide on a Smallfry.. she’s been wanting one for a while. She’d probably love the xoxo Kitty

  9. I would get the 15in red fox.

  10. I think we would get Fluttershy for my oldest child.

  11. I would let my grandkids pick out accessories for their bears.

  12. courtney b says:

    my daughter wants a my little pony so thats what we would get

  13. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I would love to win this awesome giveaway. I would get one of the HELLO KITTY.

  14. I would buy a new furry friend! 🙂

  15. I follow via Bloglvin

  16. I love Pengy the Penguin.

  17. I would take my niece to get some accessories for her bear

  18. We would use it to buy the Rainbow Dash plush toy. 🙂

    Bloglovin follower.

  19. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d take my daughter to get a new friend. I think she’d get the My Little Pony Rainbow Dash or a Hello Kitty plush.

  20. Jennifer T. says:

    I follow on bloglovin’ under magmom73.

  21. I think my daughter would like to make the 16″ Elephant! Adorable!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  22. Amanda S. says:

    A bear for one of my kids

  23. stephanie hodges says:

    I would either use to get accessories for our cookie monster that we built when he was a CPL in the Marines (named him Cpl cookie) for valentines day many years ago or build our daughter one.

  24. Audra O'Hara says:

    I’m sure my daughter would want to build a new bear friend. On our last visit she got SpongeBob; I bet she’d like to get Patrick to go with him.

  25. I would use it to get the adorable elephant!

  26. Debra Hall says:

    i like the little lion it would be for my grandaughter

  27. Debra Hall says:

    i follow on bloglovin

  28. Jennifer Rote says:

    I’d do something Hello Kitty.

  29. Michelle H says:

    I would buy accessories for the birthday bear I got for my birthday!

  30. Christie Kammerer says:

    I would get the bunny from Hop.

  31. ReggieMann says:

    I would get the 18 in. Pink Hearts Hello Kitty for my niece

  32. rich morris says:

    My dtr would prob like the Regal MY LITTLE PONY RAINBOW DASH

  33. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I’d get the smallfrys XOXO Kitty

  34. Trisha Burgess says:

    I would give it to my daughter and I bet shed want to make a new friend!

  35. Rachel H. says:

    I would get it a bear with my son, we’ve never made one before.

  36. I would get the Huge Hearted Lion for my sweetie

  37. Janice Cooper says:

    I would use it for my niece and get the Pink Hearts Hello Kitty

  38. I’d get a my little pony, likely rainbow dash.

  39. I would take my grandson so he could get a new furry friend.

  40. Tabitha P. says:

    i would get the hello kitty with hearts.
    my daughter loves hello kitty.

  41. My girl really wants the Hello Kitty BAB!!

  42. I would get the Sleep Dream Love pj’s

  43. Linda Kish says:

    I would choose the Tons of Love Elephant

  44. soha molina says:

    I;d get the new Lion at BAB.

  45. The German Shepherd is cute.

  46. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I’d get a new bear for my daughter

  47. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My daughter would probably choose Hello Kitty!

  48. virgil poore says:

    i would let my daughter use it and get some stuff for her bears she already has or who knows she may want a new bear she loves them

  49. Todd Lovessweeps says:

    I would let my son pick

  50. Todd Lovessweeps says:

    Following on Blog Lovin – Todd Lovessweeps

  51. I would love to take my son because he has never gone before and I think he’d like the 15 in red fox


  52. My daughter would probably like to get some new outfits for her Build-a-Bear, Fluffy 🙂

  53. I would use it to get my daughter a My Little Pony – Fluttershy

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  54. I would let my daughter get some more outfits for her Build-a-Bear, Lacey, who goes everywhere with her.

  55. Caitlin Forslund says:

    My oldest has 3 bears from build a bear. It’s time for my youngest to get one!

  56. I like the red fox!

  57. I’d use it for another furry friend…not sure which one though since I have a habit of picking them out on the fly when they are in front of me in person.

  58. Amanda Kinder says:

    I’d get the 16 in. Panda.

  59. Amanda Kinder says:

    Following on BlogLovin as Amanda Kinder.

  60. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    We would get the girl scout bear.

  61. Rebecca Peters says:

    I like the tons of love elephant

  62. Allison Downes says:

    We would probably make something hello kitty themed.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  63. I would use it for a new teddy bear for my granddaughter

  64. I’d get the cute caramel pup

  65. Jacqueline Weiskopff says:

    I would take my 7 year old niece to the Build A Bear so that she could make her own special bear.

  66. My daughter would love hello kitty!

  67. Ronda Patrick says:

    I have never been to Build a Bear, but I am sure that the kiddos would each love something!!!

  68. I would give it to my niece for her birthday so she can make a new furry friend!

  69. my daughter would probably buy some accessories for the build a bears she already has.. (a lot of them!)

  70. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I would take my daughter and let her get a new friend. She would probably pick out the Hello Kitty.

  71. I’d probably give it to my youngest niece so she could get accessories for her current bear. She might like something like the black fringe boots.

  72. I’d love the Coconut Caramel Bear for my Girl Scout!

  73. carol mclemore says:

    I would pick the huge hearted lion!

  74. christine jessamine says:

    I would love to get the girl scout bear with this

  75. I would take my 15 month old son there for the very first time! 🙂 We would get him whatever he wants!

  76. amber johnson says:

    I want to build a bear with the uniform of my favorite hockey team the minnesota wild.

  77. I would use it to get both my girls some clothing for their BAB animals they already have.

  78. My daughter would like the Shimmer & Stripes Blingy Kitty. Thank you!!

  79. I would get one of those My Little Pony stuffed animal.

  80. tina reynolds says:

    I would get my 6 year old daughter one of the my little ponys

  81. I’d like hello kitty!
    I follow on bloglovin

  82. I think I’d use it toward a 17 in. Tons of Love Elephant for my daughter for Valentine’s 🙂

  83. Denise Donaldson says:

    my daughter would get Pengy the Penguin.

  84. Ashley Dunn says:

    I would use it to let my daughter build her first build a bear!

  85. We’d get a new bear!

  86. Derek Timm says:

    I would get the 16 inch Bearmy for my nephew.

  87. We would have to get some new accessories for our favorite little brown bear we already have! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  88. Karen Drake says:

    I would use it to let my granddaughter build a My Little Pony stuffed friend.

  89. sandra mannings says:

    I would take my grand daughter to get clothes for the bear she built this past weekend

  90. I would take my niece and let her pick out new outfits, accessories or a new friend for her bears!

  91. rainbow dash

  92. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like the 15 in. Lil’ Almond Cub.

  93. amanda Whitley says:

    we have so many build a bears i think i might just get clothes.

  94. amanda Whitley says:

    i am following you on bloglovin

  95. I would give the card to my youngest son and let him choose whatever he wants.

  96. Gotta have a puppy for my daughter!

  97. wendy rozema says:

    I’d definitely get the Hello Kitty for my daughter!

  98. susan smoaks says:

    we like the hello kitty bear. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

  99. amy deeter says:

    the Sparkly Hearts Tons of Love Elephant

  100. I’d use it to build my son a super hero bear for his birthday next month. 🙂

  101. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would take my son to get a new furry friend.

  102. Leslie L Stanziani says:

    My youngest daughter really wants the 16 in. Bearemy’s Kennel Pals Pug.

  103. Jaime Cummings says:

    I’d let my niece pick out a new friend!

  104. I would get the 15 in. Hugs-A-Plenty Puppy!

  105. I would use the Build-a-bear GC to buy my niece a new furry friend!

  106. I would get the 16 in. Spider-Man Bear for my son.

  107. I would use it for a new friend for my niece.

  108. Thanks for the giveaway… a 16 in. Captain America Bear for my daughter.

  109. I would get a new one for my sister.

  110. Jodie Rosenblum says:

    If I won I would use the giftcard to get the Tons of Love Elephant for my daughter.

  111. I would get a new furry friend…for my 2 year old. Big sister has a build a bear and now I think it is her turn.

  112. I would use it to get our first build a bear

  113. We have not made one yet, but I would love to take my daughter there for the experience!