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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October 16th, 2013

DIY recycled Frame Scraps Chalk Board

I really needed a central place to put a schedule in the Art Center where I am working for the summer. I didn’t want to buy a white board and had an idea to use some of the recycled materials that we already had. We had an awesome donation from a friend of framing scraps for our wood working program. You could probably find some scraps at a local frame shop that they trash if there is not enough usable materials left.

5 frame scraps
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September 19th, 2013

Not a little baby anymore

Mini can sit up for long periods of time!

I know I should be so happy that Mini is doing this, but when I told Mr. BBH I started crying! I faithfully added her milestone to the Total Baby app but my baby is not a newborn anymore and inching closer toward toddler. It is so different that Baby Bear. Because with Baby Bear I knew that we would probably have more kids. We decided for financial and logistical reasons that  2 was our number. So no more babies for me. The bittersweet moments of my little giggly Mini Bear hitting her milestones.

PS. She is also pushing up pretty good with her hands

August 19th, 2013

Take indoor activities OUTSIDE!

Baby Bear LOVES to color, so since it was so nice outside, we just decided to take it outdoors!

girl drawing outdoors on a fisher price easel

This is outside my parents new house (lake views from both sides of the house! Incredible!)

girl drawing outdoors on a fisher price easel

An easel is such an easy way to color outside and still be active. Since we were helping my parents to unpack, we reused some cardboard for Baby Bear to draw on.  It makes a cool sound too when you draw since it has the ridges on it.

girl drawing outdoors on a fisher price easel

{This easel was actually mine when I was little!}

August 6th, 2013

Getting into the Summer Goove

I moved my girls up to summer camp with me for the summer.  I was always so jealous of the kids at the camp where I grew up getting to be at camp ALL summer.  When I was given the incredible opportunity to open a brand new art center, my husband agreed to let me take the girls while he stayed home. I spent 6 months planning (I know EXACTLY how much time since I can measure it in Mini months!).

It is really hard being without Mr. BBH for the summer. We do get to go home once a week for a day off to see him though.  It is also really challenging to figure out a new routine for the bears and I to get in a groove.  I have a staff of 9 and a brand new program to set up, but I am trying to take it day by day.  I will post the projects that we are making and lots of stories from the summer.

Did you go to summer camp? What was your favorite activity?


August 1st, 2013

Butterflies and Unicorns : Courtney’s V-BAC Story {GUEST POST}

Today’s guest post is a friend of mine from Elementary School that I reconnected with over the internet. Courtney Jorgensen is the loving wife of TJ, mother of two spirited little girls with a third on the way, and step-mother to four children as well. When she’s not stuck in the laundry room, you can find her baking Tastefully Simple or on the local FOX affiliate station as the Weekend Meteorologist. This is her birth story and her journey to reclaim her birth for her 3rd daughter.

Written by: Courtney Jorgensen
35 weeks, 5 days along with Baby Girl #3
As we came upon our “5-year plan”, we sat and discussed the pros and cons of bringing another baby into our family. We already had a 6 year old and a nearly 5 year old together. In my mind, there was one underlying issue that really would determine it all… can I have a vaginal birth? Read the rest of this entry »

July 23rd, 2013

Summer Days

Things at Camp are incredible for my little Bears.  Baby Bear was especially happy that last week that there was Circus Day!

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July 12th, 2013

Summer at Camp

I am so lucky and excited to be able to work at Tamarack Camp  this summer to create a brand new art program!  I literally ‘got my feet wet’ when visiting the building project last week.

This photo is actually AFTER I got stuck in the mud!  I was joking with my friend that I was going to walk in the puddles since I dug out my rain boots for the trip.  I stepped into the puddle and it was really sticky, so I stayed on the path that looked dry-er.  Next thing I knew, I got stuck in the mud!  I tried to move my feet and sunk deeper {all the way to my knees}.  I was so stuck that 2 workers had to come and help pull me out of the mud! Read the rest of this entry »


July 9th, 2013

My two little Bears

I don’t know how, but Baby Bear is ALREADY in love with boys!  You can tell by the way that she is squealing and giggling who she is talking to (she has a crush on certain boys that we know).

How do little kids learn how to flirt and have crushes?

two little girls in a shopping cart
My two little Bears

Baby Bear and Mini are getting along so nice now that Mini is more interactive.   Read the rest of this entry »

July 8th, 2013

Free Printable Tooth Fairy Chart

I saw a cute idea of a certificate that was given to the tooth fairy with the tooth and worked with Stephanie from Olive and Ruby Kids to create a free printable keepsake for the tooth fairy.

My little Bears are pretty far away from losing teeth, but I would use this as a certificate that they can leave for the tooth fairy.  You could also glue a small envelop on the certificate to hold the tooth.  Print it on card stock and put it in a binder to save for when your children get older! Read the rest of this entry »

June 19th, 2013

Baby Bear and her REAL Pony!

Baby Bear will be at summer camp all summer and so she will not get to see our dog very much.  I told her that instead, she will get to have a pony for the summer.  I have been telling her that she gets a little horse called a pony for a few weeks.  She told me right away that her horse’s name was Karat.

I had to go work at camp for a pre-camp day for new campers.  I was able to bring Baby Bear with me so that she could see what camp was like so that it was familiar for her when we come for the summer as a camper.  She got to stay with me as the kids came though the art station.  Baby Bear was so excited to see her ‘friends’ (the kids).

This shirt was mine when I was little!

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