I am 1 of the Friendly 15 at Build-A-Bear!

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that I will be joining the Friendly 15 at Build-A-Bear!  In 2010, I had the honor of meeting the brand’s CEB (Chief Executive Bear), Maxine Clark, at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference who was incredibly inspirational and made me love Build-A-Bear even more.  Now, I get to go “behind the stuffing” and share with you upcoming promotions, new products, giveaways, and even contribute on their new company blog!

Over the next year, I will be sharing why Friends Count in order to help Build-A-Bear celebrate 15 years of success and 100 million furry friends.  To kick off my journey, I thought I would share my own friendly fifteen.  These are the people that I am lucky enough to be surrounded with on a daily basis.

  • My Hubby:  How many people are lucky enough to say they married their grade school sweetheart?
  • My Mom and Dad: I was lucky enough to have a good support system right from the start.
  • Jennifer V: My very first friend.  The Godmother of my youngest daughter.  Sister I never had.
  • Jennifer K: Been there through thick and thin, bad boyfriends (can you say band-aid man?) and high school proms.  My Maid of Honor and one of the first to hold my oldest daughter in the NICU.
  • Anie: We met in high school and I watched her fulfill her dream of becoming a Doctor.  I trust her with the lives of my children.  One of the strongest women I know.
  • Renee D:  My high school “little sister” turned real life sister-in-law.  I am constantly in awe of her determination, intelligence and courage (and a wee bit jealous of her travels).
  • Maureen: More than a boss.  A mentor, a role model, a friend.
  • Renee B: I never expected to find a best friend at work. She makes the day more bearable.
  • Cecelia: Who would have thought that an online friendship would turn into one that I can’t live without?
  • Eric and Nikki:  He once tried to feed me dog food, but I love him anyway.  And I am so happy that she married my brother so she can keep him in line.
  • Beth: My cousin turned little sister…and great writer here at Experimental Mommy.
  • Mike and Tammy: My husband and I are so blessed to have friends that are truly family.
  • Sweet tea: It always makes me feel better when I am down.
  • My dance crew (Missy, Tracy, Kathy, Erin, Nicole, and Abby): Dance has been such a huge part of my life.  I cherish every memory.  And please don’t be offended that you are listed after Sweet Tea…totally coincidental.
  • My blogging buddies:  This blog would not be what it is today without the encouragement and guidance of many bloggers who I am lucky to call friends.  You know who you are!

Help me celebrate the Friendly 15!  What are some of your Most Valuable Friendships?


  1. How exciting! Congrats!!! : ) We LOVE Build-A-Bear!

  2. Very exciting! Who doesn’t feel special after they leave Build a Bear! So cool!

  3. Congratulations! What an honor!

  4. Congrats!!! That is a great honor. My kids would be so proud of me. 🙂

  5. Congratulation! This Granny loves shopping at Build A Bear!

  6. That’s awesome news! I got to meet Maxine at the conference too, she was so wonderful it made me love the company even more…if possible!

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