About our blogger: BrookeLeiberman

Brooke is a mother, wife, designer, entrepreneur behind Baby Bear Hugs. She is an alumni of The University of Michigan {GO BLUE} and holds a BFA in Art & Design.  Teaching and creating art (by Re-Using materials and recycling) is really important to her as well as the cornerstone of her new Upcycled clothing line.  

Before becoming a mom, as an artist/Jeweler she coordinated the manufacturing for a large eco-friendly online jewelry retailer at Casting House in Chicago and worked as a bench Jewelry for the award winning designer Eve J. Alfille in Evanston.  She also has been teaching in informal education for 7 years. 

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Posts by BrookeLeiberman:

January 1st, 2015

The incredible intricacies of learning language

I was fascinated with language before when Baby Bear started to speak, and now even more as I learn about language and reading, I am in awe of my children’s abilities.

If adults don’t know what a word is, they will usually look it up later or just skip it if reading.  Baby Bear will ask what a word means if she has never heard it before.  I love this curiosity.
Baby Bear and Mini get read to in both English and Hebrew and they watch some kids shows and movies in both languages.   Mini gets a lot more English that Baby Bear did at this age.  She seems to have a larger vocabulary than Baby Bear did at this age in English.  They BOTH prefer to listen to music in Hebrew except if it is from Frozen.  Read the rest of this entry »


November 28th, 2014

Hula Skirt Cutting Fun!

preschool cutting fun hula skirt.  
I wanted to practice cutting skills with Baby Bear.  I gave her a few options and she wanted Read the rest of this entry »

November 20th, 2014

Edible Math Fun for Preschoolers

Baby Bear loves patterns and numbers, so we took some of her M&M snack and played some games during our tea party.

You don’t need anything special for counting with little ones. Even your food can do! Start with easy things like numbers and counting.
Then move on to color sorting, sequencing from most to least, patterns, and sizes.
Work up to creating patterns, shapes, and anything else you can imagine.
Making a game out of things that will seem harder later on for children helps to build a foundation of good math memories.

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November 6th, 2014

Alphabet hopscotch

We are taking advantage of the last precious warm days outside. Baby Bear is learning letters in preschool, so I try to find fun ways to reinforce it at home.

You don’t need anything special do this besides chalk. Read the rest of this entry »


November 3rd, 2014

~Bedroom Updo~

Baby Bear is growing so fast and is so tall that her little toddler bed is getting too small for her. We looked and looked for a solution for her new bed. I thought about a bunk bed since she shares a room with Mini but I couldn’t find anything that I loved enough to make a decision. We got a metal bed frame and a board for the memory foam mattress. We decided that the memory foam mattress was worth it for us over the $99 basic box spring for a few bucks more. I am so glad that we did because I have been cuddling in Baby Bears bed and so has Mini.

Her great aunt got her this cool tent and Sofia the First sheets, so we went with the theme! Then her Great Grandma got her the comforter to complete the look. Read the rest of this entry »

October 19th, 2014

Fire Safety for Preschoolers

This week was Fire Prevention Week. I took Baby Bear to our local fire station open house.

They had lots of different fun things for kids to do, but I think that the most important thing that they teach kids is fire safety. Baby Bear and Mini have lit candles for religious reasons and are not afraid of fire and can both do it safely. It is important that they also know the dangers of what can happen if not used properly. Read the rest of this entry »

October 15th, 2014

Apple Quick Bread Recipe {whole grain + sugar free}

My girls love to help me cook. Baby Bear wanted to make apple muffins, so I whipped this up with their help!

2 cups Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake mix
2/3 cup yogurt, milk, or sour cream
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg
1Tbl vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup grated apple {I used more} you could substitute anything here like pumpkin, zucchini, carrot

optional: nuts and coconut sugar to sprinkle on the top

Heat oven to 400ºF. Put muffin liners in the tin. Read the rest of this entry »


October 5th, 2014

Fun things to do for Fall in Michigan

note: Let me just start by saying that I hate the term “bucket list” since it refers to “kicking the bucket”. I am blogging with the SITS girls fall challenge, so I will change mine to fall fun in Michigan!

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1) Watching the leaves change colors & Making a collage
This is my favorite part of living in the midwest. Season change is so beautiful and awe inspiring to share with your loved ones. I want to make a fall collage with the girls of different leaf colors. Mini is really good with her colors. It wasn’t until age 3 that Baby Bear could name the color no matter how hard I tried. We will also do some obligatory leaf rubbing pictures too. Read the rest of this entry »

October 1st, 2014

Things about me you didn’t know

I realize that you might know a lot about Baby Bear and Mini and not so much about me. I also sometimes lose myself in my children (for the good and bad) and decided to focus on myself for the minute.


1. I have one less set of ribs
{it must be genetic because my aunt has the same thing!}

2. All of the first born girls on my dad’s side are named after my great grandma Esther (Brooke Esther)

3. My parents almost named me Barry. Bonnie and B’nai were also in the running. Can you picture me as a Bonnie?? They came up with Brooke last minute. Read the rest of this entry »

September 23rd, 2014

My Summer Project

I had this crazy idea that I was going to do 4 giant mosaics on the front of my art building. I enlisted one of my staff members that I know would support me on anything, was a great draw-er, and I knew I could count on her.

I had this rudimentary drawing and she fine tuned it. Maddie took the idea and ran with it. We problem solved together but in the end, it was her baby. I can’t believe how gorgeous it is every time I look at it. Our campers did all of the glass layout and gluing it down. Read the rest of this entry »