~ CLOSED ~

I have to share a fun trip with all of you that I took today. A trip to the mall. And I know you all are thinking, “why is a trip to the mall so exciting?” Why? Because I stopped in the Build-A-Bear Workshop® and had the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I know, you think I’m a boring adult, right? If you’ve ever been there you know what I mean but if you have not been to a Build-A-Bear Workshop® you sure are missing out on some fun. It seriously isn’t just for kids. Call me crazy but my husband and I went alone and had a lot of fun.

In the spirit of the upcoming Easter holiday, Build-A-Bear Workshop® has added a new furry friend, Blossom Bunny, to their round-up and asked me to take a trip to my local Build-A-Bear and customize a new Blossom Bunny of my own and because of Easter and the fact that I thought she was so cute and colorful, I said “YES” happily. She is SO soft and she has these long floppy ears that are filled with dark pink fur. Her whole entire body is covered in flowers that just say “Easter”. Blossom is the perfect Easter holiday gift for that special little girl. If you have a little one on your holiday list and you aren’t sure what to get her, check out Build-A-Bear and scope out Blossom Bunny. I know you’ll be taking her home in an instant.

What I love about Build-A-Bear is that your bundle of fluff is totally customized to suit your taste and needs. You start with the “carcass” of your new friend. Then you can stop at the display where a beating heart or “voice box” is chosen, if desired. Once you’ve made your decision on that, you move on down to the filler machine. Now is where the true fun begins. I was given the pedal that turns the machine on and determines just how much fluff my bunny would receive. I didn’t want a “skinny minnie” but I didn’t want a “fatsy patsy” so I went in between. Once her body was shaped, the heart was inserted.

The next few steps is called the “heart ceremony”. I got to feel the rhythmic beating of her new heart before it was added. And to bring Blossom to “life” I chose another little red heart from a compartment at the filler machine. A red silky one. The associate that was assisting in this “surgery” asked me to rub the little red heart between my hands to warm it up and get it pumping. Then I rubbed it on my nose for Good Luck. Next, I spun around in a circle so Blossom could find her way home. Then I gave her a hug and made a wish.

Ok, by the time I was hugging the bunny and closing my eyes and making a wish, I was in tears. Don’t ask me why but I was. I had no idea the process would effect me that way but, ok, I’ll share. A thought about a loved one came into my head and the tears began to flow. Sound silly? I told you in a previous review that I wore my heart on my sleeve. hehee. I didn’t lie did I?

Look at all of those clothes!!!

Shopping for clothes was next. This was extremely interesting. Choosing between all of those outfits was not an easy task. Not like I thought it was going to be because I had already checked out the Build-A-Bear Workshop® website and envisioned what Blossom was going to wear before I went. Not the case at all. There are tons of cute clothes AND shoes to choose from. I’m a girl that can shop, I tell ya! And I can spend a whole lot of time doing it too. hehee. I tried so many outfits on Blossom that you would have thought it was a professional photo shoot. There’s dresses, shirts, shorts, skirts, pajamas, bikinis, robes, and even accessories.

By that time my hubby was ready to go. He just wasn’t feeling the love anymore. hehee. So as you will see below, Blossom is now sporting a frilly little Easter dress and pretty pink bow. Isn’t she adorable? I sure think so. And I think she made a great choice. hehee

Blossom in her new Easter dress!

My photo makes her colors look darker than they actually are. But she is so cute in “person”. And SO soft and cuddly. After getting her dressed we took her over to give her a name so that her birth certificate could be printed up. Yes, all of Build-A-Bear Workshop® friends come with a birth certificate to mark the occasion and so the little one who receives this furry friend can celebrate every year from then on. Maybe Blossom will return to Build-A-Bear next year on her birthday so she can pick out a new outfit, shoes and accessories. hehee. You know I will be ready to shop again!

Naming Station at Build-A-Bear Workshop!

Yep, this is where all Build-A-Bear Workshop® friends get their names. You sit at a computer and enter some information and choose your new friends name. Once you’re done you go to the front desk to get your newly created friend’s birth certificate and THAT makes it official. hehee. Blossom Bunny was placed in her little Condo Carrier and off we went. She loved the ride home. hehee. Now to get into the arms of her new loving “Mommy”. So sweet.

Whether you’ve been to a Build-A-Bear Workshop® and created a furry friend for yourself or a loved one or even if you haven’t as of yet, you now have the opportunity to win your own because Build-A-Bear Workshop® is offering one of you a $25 gift card toward the purchase of a customized friend of your choice for Easter. I know you’ll enjoy it!

Winner chosen via random.org is #101 soha_molina ~ Congrats Soha!

Win It!!!

1 Winner will be chosen at random at the end of the entry period 04/01/10. Prize consists of 1 Build-A-Bear Workshop® $25 gift card.

** MANDATORY entry: Go to Build-A-Bear and tell me which furry friend you would choose if you win. AND you must be following my blog via at least one of the sources listed below in order to win. **

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You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.

** PLEASE make sure if you are following my blog that you specify by which means and what your username is there so I can verify you are following. If I can’t verify it the entry will not count. ** Please do not tell me you are following if you are not. I do verify the information. Thanks!

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7.) Tweet about this giveaway. You can Tweet up to 5 times per day for extra entries but you must copy your status update URL and paste it in a comment below!  Maximum of 1 tweet per hour, please! You can copy & paste:

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Contest ends at 9pm. EST on April 1st when I will draw the winner at random. PLEASE leave your email address if it is not visible on your profile. Winner will have 24 hours to respond! If winner do not respond an alternate winner will be chosen at random out of the remaining entries.

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The views & opinions expressed in my reviews are simply mine. My views & opinions may differ from other consumers. I did not receive a cash payment for my review but did receive one $25 gift card to create a Build-A-Bear Workshop® Blossom Bunny.

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Dee

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