Sunday, November 16, 2008

Holiday Giveaway: Recycled Soy Wax Candle organic lavender vanilla!

Sign up to our mailing list and you could win a free recycled soy wax lavender vanilla candle by babybearshop! Winner will be chosen December 15 so sign up now!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All people have abilities.

BABYBEARSHOP gives back to the community in many ways. One way is by utilizing the Rochelle Center to do our assembly on products that have to be hand-assembled. Rather than go to China to have everything mass produced, we choose to manufacture our products in USDA certified organic facilities in the USA. We created the first organic products at three different chemically-laden labs and encouraged them to create separate dedicated organic spaces within their warehouses that were free of traditional preservatives used in all mass-market body care.

After manufacturing, we then take them to the Rochelle Center to be assembled into their packaging, into cases, gift wrapped, etc. The beauty of the Rochelle Center is the people. I frequently am visiting there as I am overseeing projects such as our All The Better To Kiss You With® Holiday Kiss Kit.

The Rochelle Center creates opportunities for people with developmental or physical disabilities that might otherwise by unemployable. It empowers them with a feeling of self-worth, of independence, and the opportunity to acheive their goals. Every time I enter I'm barraged with smiles and helpful hands. Most communities have this type of organization and need to begin utilizing them as a means to build their communities both financially and socially.

Rochelle follows this set of values that are a good model:

All people have abilities.
All people should be treated with dignity and respect.
All people should experience dignity of work, personal growth consistent with his/her abilities/interests, and support in living in an inclusive environment.
All people enjoy rights and privileges and assume personal responsibilities of those freedoms.
All people are interdependent. We all depend upon one another.
Cultural diversity and differences are valued.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Love would take care of the rest.

In the midst of some technical issues, rather than working on restoring our website, I'm in bed reading Hansel + Gretel. Our little friend Liam brought it over last night for the birthday party. I've been a longtime fan of Jen Corace's illustrations but this book is so beautiful that only I get to turn the pages. Muted jewel tones wash over every picture of delicious chocolate forests of characters with wide-spaced eyes wearing german vintage couture. The dissected trees are layered and rich and foreshadow the darkness to come.

As fairy tales go, if you have the kind of child who makes you spray for monsters, then this might not be the story for you. But, if your kids are ok with the notion of being sent alone to starve in the forest before being eaten for dinner, then gumdrop window shutters may be the perfect dessert.

Surprisingly, you can still buy Jen's prints reasonably on sites like Mahar Drygoods and Art Star.

The book, of course, is available anywhere.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

British VOGUE!

One of our London shops, CONTENT Beauty/Wellbeing, in W1 just got us some fantastic press coverage in British VOGUE. We can hardly contain our excitement! BABYBEARSHOP, though American, was actually born in London.

All The Better To Kiss You With® is featured and is selling out in the UK.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

VOGUE Bambini NYC fashion show

BABYBEARSHOP partnered with Vogue Bambini for a fashion show in NYC in October.