Build-a-Bear competition

Last Saturday myself and my kids were invited to the opening of the NEW Build-a-Bear Workshop in Tygervalley Shopping Mall in Durbanville. And what fun we had! The Build-a-Bear experience was just what it promised to be – unforgettable.

My kids had not been treated to a Build-a-Bear before so were in awe of the process – including choosing their own bear, deciding on a sound and filling it with fluff and a special red heart! Selecting the outfit and accessories proved to be a big hit – even my 6 year old son got super excited by the process and selected a very masculine camo bear with a variety of trendy accessories including Skechers shoes and a skateboard!



Build-A-Bear Workshop has outlets in Johannesburg (Sandton City and Eastgate Mall), Durban (Gateway Shopping Centre) and Cape Town (Somerset Mall, Canal Walk and now Tyger Valley Centre) Nearly everyone, regardless of age, has a special fondness for stuffed animals and at Build-a-Bear you can choose from over 30 stuffed animals to make, including bears, dogs, cats, bunnies, monkeys and a series of Beary Limited edition Collectibear animals. My daughter selected the Minnie Mouse and decked her out in the sparkliest of red dresses and high heels – perfect for Christmas Eve dinner! (I know for sure what type of party this little girl will be wanting in April – a Pawsome Party where each guest gets to select their own Build-a-Bear!)







There is something very special about creating your own soft toy friend. They definitely have found a special place in my kid’s lives and our new family members have not been left out of any activity since, including trips to school, a weekend away and even swimming lessons… They have been given so much love in the past week alone and I’m sure there will be much more for years to come! After our wonderful experience I am a firm Build-a-Bear fan and believe that no child should be without a Build-a-Bear and no Build-a-Bear should be without a child’s love!

So in the spirit of Christmas Giving I am pleased to announce that 2 lucky readers have the chance to win a R250 gift voucher to spend at any Build-a-Bear Workshop in South Africa.


1. “Like” Build-a-Bear on Facebook

2. “Like” Becoming you on Facebook

3. Visit the Build-a-Bear website here and leave a comment telling me which bear you would buy with your vouchers (and accessories too if you can make a choice!!)

4. For an extra entry you can tweet or share this competition on Facebook. For example: “Win a R250 voucher to build your “beary” own Build-a-Bear here: via @Becomingyoublog”

Remember to leave ANOTHER comment on this blog post telling me you have done so!

Good Luck!!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 December 2013 and vouchers organised by 20 December – just in time for “Father Christmas” to pay a visit to Build-a-Bear 😉

Images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Most definitely the Gingerbread Hello Kitty! Along with the Pink Garden Ballerina Dress 3 pc and the Ballerina Slippers! My 4-year-old daughter absolutely LOVES Hello Kitty and LOVES anything that’s pink and has to do with ballet 😉 So this combination would be the all time winner in her eyes 😉
    I am already a fan of both pages and have tweeted about the give-away! My twitter name: @karientjie16

    Thank you for this lovely give-away! Definitely holding thumbs I get chosen as the lucky winner 😀 Good luck everyone!!!

  2. wow stunning!! would love to do this with my little girl!! I love the Pink Cuddly Hearts Bear!! really very cute and perfect for a little girl!!

  3. I’d buy the cupcake bear and dress her in a ballerina outfit for my daughter and for my son, a midnight bear in a captain america outfit! They would absolutley love them!

  4. I would soo choose the Bears – 15 in. Bearemy Bear together with either the Boys Outfits – Karate Uniform II outfit or the Iron Man Costume 2 pc Outfit! Cant decide If i want an Iron Man Bear or a Karate Bear 😀 Or I might just buy both and have them all!

    This is such an awesome competition and the bears are too cute! Would love to win this <3 <3

  5. Just tweeted the competition too @Kelsey_Niehaus <3 <3 <3 Would soo love to win this <3 I'd love to build my own bear! 😀

  6. I’d choose the Peanut Butter Cub with the Blue Flannel Hoodie & Jeans Outfit 2 piece and the aviator sunglasses.

    Liked both FB pages.

  7. I am a fan of both those pages already…

    I would choose the Pink Cuddly Hearts
    Bear with a pink rosette purse and rosette headband.

  8. I would definately choose, mickey mouse , with the mickey mouse outfit, my son is a huge fan of mickey mouse!
    I think its a super cute bear& to be able to build it urself makes it even more awesome !!!!

  9. Champ – A Champion Fur Kids

    My daughter says definitely the Cheerleading Red girls outfit with a pair of white sparkle tackies on her feet 🙂

  10. This is such an exciting competition! 😀
    I would LOVE to build my own little bear 😀
    Who says I gotta be a kid to have one too 😛

    I would either choose the Bearemy Bear with the Karate Uniform II or the Bearemy Bear with the Iron Man outfit <3

    These little bears are just too cute

  11. It would definitely be the Camo bear for my 6 year old son – and at the moment, the only accessories he would be interested in would be sunglasses, and more sunglasses!!

  12. 15 in. Sugar Cookie Bear
    This is the one I would choose to build it is just so sweet and so girly for my little babygirl – if we win we will name her “Sugar” – she is so sweet and cute just like my little girl♥

  13. We finally got one in Nelspruit a small store, but my boy nearly dies when he saw it, he would so love it if we could win this.

  14. He would probably choose the midnight teddy and he would probably want to put him in a super hero outfit.

  15. I think my nephew caleb would choose Sid from Ice Age and put him in a karate uniform!

    tweeted and shared on facebook 🙂
    twitter handle is bianca_els

  16. Confetti cupcake or Twinkle toes…. oh shucks! they are so cute! I think I would get them both!
    One would go in the coral rosette dress and the other in the ballerina dress.

  17. I have been absolutely dying to take my kids to Build-A-Bear!! I’m a bit of a bear “traditionalist” and would probably choose someone simple like Bearemy but would kit him out with something funky like the Capt America outfit!!!

  18. Heehee – I don’t think I can resist the Grinch. He strikes the perfect balance between quirky character and cuddlability. Naturally, I’d have to dress him in a tutu, and give him a spot on the mantle! 😀

  19. I’d love Minnie Mouse in the Gingham Jegging Set, but have a sneaky suspicion my daughter will go for Sid!!

  20. My daughter would be the happiest little poppet ever if Itook her to build-a-bear and got her the gingerbread hello kitty. And definately ljet her choose some cute shoes to go with it xx

  21. If I were to win the voucher, I would get the Smallfrys Tabby Kitty for my preschooler (he loves cats but we can’t have one), and Mini Border Collie for my toddler. Then will dress them up with Harley Davidson Tees 🙂 Done them all!

  22. LOVE this competition! They are all so cute, I’ve liked both facebook pages, and I would choose the gingerbread hello kitty and a Tiered Tulle Dress. They are ALL so cute, fingers crossed, it’s my daughters b-day on the 28th December and she’s been asking for a “build a bear” for a few weeks now 🙂

  23. I’ve liked both pages. My boys already have much loved Build-a-bears: a springbok and a Star Wars bear. SO if we won we would buy more outfits for them. The boys have their eyes on the Iron man outfit and the Buzz Lightyear outfit.

  24. I would buy Sid (from Ice age), my daughter loves him because of his goofyness, and it would be wonderful to give it to her for christmas. She would absolutely love this.

  25. Tweeted. Crossing my fingers that I win this for my daughter, it would be the best gift for her and would make christmas more special.

  26. Would definitely get Scrat, my kids love ice age!! Might get some aviator sunglasses for him for these hot days ahead 🙂

  27. peanut butter bear in a captain america or mickey mouse in a spiderman outfit or minnie mouse in the minnie halter dress or gingerbread hello kitty in a minnie mouse costume.. GOSH im terrible they all to nice. I would have to toss a coin to decide.

  28. My 4 year old is dying for a super hero bear and my one year old is mad about micky mouse, holding thumbs so tight they are turning blue.

  29. Cool, there is a minnie mouse bear, my girl so into Minnie at be moment! She’d probably be keen on all sorts of accessories, especially handbag and shoes!

  30. We are slowly but surely building up our bear collection – one for each kid and I would never dream of choosing for them!!! It is such a big event to go and choose their own bear and place that little heart inside!!! Very fun!!!

  31. My niece would love the Lil Bunny Big Ears… I can’t possibly decide on accessories, but I’m sure my she would do an excellent job at that if I gave her this for Christmas!!!!!

  32. I would buy sugar cookie bear…my daughter loves pink bears and I think it would be so much fun if she got an opportunity like this and accessories will be just a pink bow/ ribbon because as my daughter will say she is a girl bear like me!

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