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:

September 4th, 2014

Unicorn Food, Mermaid munchies and all things Princess

Baby Bear has been really crazy with her eating habits.  One would think that when you get an endless supply of “kid food” at camp that Baby Bear would eat so well.  Not so for this picky eater.

You might remember this angelic face from last year that would eat about anything! But lately food has been a big issue for us.  I don’t want her to grow up with food issues, so I am really sensitive to how I approach this issue.
Problem 1: If she doesn’t eat, she gets really moody and the whole problem gets escarbated.
Problem 2: She tells us what she wants and then won’t eat it
Problem 3: Veggies are mostly always turned down Read the rest of this entry »


April 30th, 2014

Raising Confident Children

I want to raise strong confident girls. I take the simple things that Baby Bear does and make them meaningful and special. The is a prolific artist. That does not mean that I take everything that she makes and plaster the house with it. I do put up some of the artwork on her magnet board in the kitchen. She gets to help choose what to put on it. Since there is only a finite amount of space, she gets to choose what goes and what stays. Giving her choices is a helpful skill and also allows her to edit her own work in a simple way.

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April 29th, 2014

Activities with Toddlers~Smelling Spices

skill building activities with toddlers-sense of smell

Baby Bear and I taught Mini how to smell spices.

different spices for baby bear hugs blog

Things you will need:

Spices of all different types for your child to smell

young girl smelling cinnamon spice

Be sure to demonstrate what you want your toddler to do. Be very obvious that you are smelling and coach them to use their nose and sniff.

baby eating spices

Mini didn’t understand what we wanted her to do at first, and kept trying to put it in her mouth. {but that is OK, let them safely explore}

By the end she was using her nose to sniff.

We could even hear her sniff. Now that she understands the concept, I asked her to smell other things like flowers and fruit. She knows what it means and how to do the action.

April 18th, 2014

Mixed Feeling about a Toddler

I was so excited that Mini started walking. I worried for months that she wasn’t walking and all of the other kids her age were. Was there an issue with her hips or her legs that she couldn’t walk unassisted? I thought about over and over.

Let me preface this by saying that I love the toddler phase. A good friend of mine said that she “doesn’t have a favorite child, just a favorite age.” I love seeing the growth of the toddler and how fun they are as they learn about the world.

Now I will just say it, I am sad that Mini is no longer a baby. I have two kids and no baby.

I made the longing eyes at Mr. BBH and he said “NO!”

Instead of focusing on what I miss, I am going to focus on the exciting things that Mini does. She loves animals and the walking freedom gives her more things to do and look at. Read the rest of this entry »


April 17th, 2014

Madeliene’s Brocco Rice-Passover Dish

I tried this really easy recipe to get my kids to eat more veggies. I saw the recipe on Madeliene’s blog and decided to try it.

You use either broccoli rice or cauliflower rice for this alternative to rice and it would be a great addition to any table that doesn’t want to eat any rice.

1 head of broccoli or cauliflower
1 Clove Garlic
1Tbl Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Onion

*You also need a food processor*

Cut your onion and cut into rings. Lightly brown it in a pan. Set aside. Read the rest of this entry »

April 14th, 2014

BEST Gluten Free Passover Cake!

This cake is incredible. I took a recipe that had that included baking soda and baking powder and modified it for Passover. The frosting is INCREDIBLE. I would use this for any recipe. It is so easy and much healthier than buttercream frosting plus no added sugar and it tastes rich and creamy. Read the rest of this entry »

April 7th, 2014

Proving the Pythagorean Theorem for KIDS

what really is the pythagorean theorem and how to do it for kids

Math Nerds and People who think they hate math unite! This is really cool and helps me to understand something so abstract as A2+B2=C2. An it is also something that is simple enough for young children to understand and do by solving puzzles.  Plus by teaching you, I am helping to learn it better myself! Read the rest of this entry »


March 27th, 2014

Making Puppets in Preschool!!

I volunteered to come to Baby Bear’s class and do some crafting.  Baby Bear wanted to make puppets, so we did a little puppet show with some sock puppets and the kids got to make a puppet to take home.

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March 26th, 2014

Mediterranean Feta and Salmon Stuffed Peppers

Feta Salmon Stuffed Peppers
A friend in college made something similar to this for me.  It had dried cherries and tofu.  I wanted to make this with Salmon and it was delicious!  Read the rest of this entry »

February 18th, 2014

Preschool Shapes and Math Exploration

Since I never liked math growing up, I really am trying hard to teach my children good math habits.  The reason most people don’t like math doesn’t have to to with the real way that mathematicians think about numbers.  I remember 4th grade math we had to memorize the times tables. We had to take a timed test and it started with the 1X and every time that you passed one of the tests, you got a cut out shape of ice cream scoop put on the cone with your name on it. The ice cream scoop had a number on it and Read the rest of this entry »