January 18, 2012 | By: Brittany
res·o·lu·tion [rez-uh-loo-shuhn] noun – The mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.
When the New Year rolls around, we like to start fresh and begin better habits for the future. Constantly making improvements helps us become more aware of where we are now and who we want to become. Here are the top New Year’s resolutions for 2012:
- Lose weight, get in shape, or change a poor diet
These are always popular resolutions for those who wish to possess and enjoy good health. Whether your goal is to look great in that bathing suit this summer, make more time for the gym, or eat more greens, getting healthy is always a good thing!
- Drop the bad habits
Smoking and drinking are the most common “bad habits” to break for 2012. We all have bad habits that we would like to break; which do you plan to kick to the curb this year?
- Enjoy life to the fullest
It’s tough to enjoy life to the fullest when you don’t have much time outside of going to work and running errands. Make a schedule and take time out for yourself once a week or once a month, depending on how long you can commit. Something as simple as taking a walk by yourself to recognize and observe your five senses in action can help you slow down and enjoy life around you.
- Learn something new
Have you always wanted to learn a language, instrument, or sport? Now is the time! If you want to get the whole family involved, try taking art classes or helping your kids with their Spanish homework. You can’t learn something new unless you try!
- Get organized
Do your spring cleaning early and start the New Year out right! Clearing out your environment helps you to clear your mind from the clutter of 2011. Get organized and you’ll feel much more relaxed.
- Save more money
Saving money is tough, but the results of it can be wonderful when you can finally take the vacation you had been dreaming of or you can retire comfortably. When you do feel an impulse to spend, try spending on others instead of yourself. You’ll fulfill the need to purchase something while also feeling good about giving someone a spontaneous gift.
- Spend more time with family
Another popular resolution for 2012 is spending more time with the family. Organize your mind, clear out the clutter, and get ahead on your work so you can have more leisure time with the ones you love.
- Volunteer and help out
Helping others will make you feel a sense of accomplishment that you’ve never before experienced. If you haven’t made a habit out of volunteering yet, this would be a great resolution for 2012! Even if you don’t have much time, any little bit helps! Plus, volunteer work can be another great way to involve the whole family!
- Find true love
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it might be a tough holiday to get through if you don’t have any significant other to share it with. Getting a group of friends together for the holiday can be a great way to share your love for your close buds and have a night of laughs you’ll remember forever. For 2012, work on yourself, your family, and those in need first and this one should fall into place on its own. And remember you can always have a great Valentine’s Day regardless of your marital status!
So what will your resolution be for 2012? Is your resolution on this list or did you come up with something unique? Please feel free to comment and share what your goals are for the New Year!
January 13, 2012 | By: Jamey
Ah, 2012 has arrived but the celeBEARations aren’t over yet! The world has so many ways to celeBEARate the New Year, and here are a few:
Need warmth? Check this one out…
In Australia they celebrate the New Year on January 1. This day is a public holiday and many people have picnics and camp out on the beach, outdoor activities such as rodeos, picnic races and surf carnivals. This is my kind of celebration!
A little on the messy side…
In Denmark it is a good sign to find your door heaped with a pile of broken dishes at New Year’s. Old dishes are saved year around to throw them at the homes where their friends live on New Year’s Eve. Many broken dishes were a symbol that you have many friends. Yeah, but who cleans up the mess?
And, why just one day?
The Chinese New Year “Yuan Tan” takes place between January 21 and February 20. The exact date is fixed by the lunar calendar, in which a new moon marks the beginning of each new month. For many families, it is a time for feasting, visiting relatives and friends, but in the city a spectacular procession takes place. The celebrations are based on bringing luck, health, happiness, and wealth till the next year. These folks know how to celeBEARate!!
For even more ways the world celebrates, check out www.fathertimes.net.
Bears celeBEARate all that is new, every day of the year. Like this…
New to nursing?
New dentist? Herbie would be proud.
So the new year means new beginnings, and Vermont Teddy Bear is there to help you give the perfect gift to mark the occasion. Happy New Bear!
December 12, 2011 | By: Jamey
Geseënde Kersfees! Feliz Navidad! Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! (I did not make this one up!). Joyeux Noel! It doesn’t matter how you say it, “Merry Christmas” is a sound heard round the world, bringing joy and peace to nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and beyond. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company lives for the holidays, and with close ties to Santa for many years, we know what you need to give even the Scroogiest of people the Christmas Spirit. A few Ideas? Here you go…
For those steeped in history…
The heavenly hearted…
For those who think Mrs. Claus REALLY does all the work…
If they play in the snow…
And for the ones that think bigger is better…
There you go. We have many more at our website, www.vermontteddybear.com. The Christmas Spirit lives in everyone. Let a Vermont Teddy Bear bring it out of them.
P.S. Think you know all of the nationalities that are listed above? We love to hear you give it a try in our comment section. Good Luck!
December 1, 2011 | By: Brittany
December is here! Now it’s time to decorate that Christmas tree, do some holiday shopping, and eat your favorite holiday treats!
What do you do to celebrate the holidays? Below is a list of Christmas and holiday events that Vermont Teddy Bears are planning to participate in for the 2011-2012 season:
(Now-Dec. 24) Helping Hands Gift Wrap – University Mall South Burlington, VT
(Now-Dec. 31) A Victorian Christmas at Hildene Manchester Center, VT
(Now-Dec. 31) Festival of Trees Bennington, VT
(Dec. 2) A Leahy Family Christmas Randolph, VT
(Dec. 2-3) Chace Mill Holiday Hop Burlington, VT
(Dec. 2-3) Johnson Holiday Jubilee Johnson, VT
(Dec. 2-4) Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale Brattleboro, VT
(Dec. 2-4) You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown South Burlington, VT
(Dec. 2-10) A Traditional Christmas in Stowe Stowe, VT
(Dec. 3) Gingerbread Bazaar Lunenburg, VT
(Dec. 3) Country Christmas Open-House Mad River Valley, Waitsfield, VT
(Dec. 3) The Thompson Center Holiday Bazaar Woodstock, VT
(Dec. 3) An Evening at the Library- Holiday Gala Montpelier, VT
(Dec. 3) Christmas in Weston Weston, VT
(Dec. 3-4) “The Toys Take Over Christmas” Burlington, VT
(Dec. 3-Jan. 2) Stowe Festival of Trees Stowe, VT
(Dec. 3-Jan. 2) Christmas Billings Farm and Museum Woodstock, VT
(Dec. 4) Santa 5K Run and Walk Burlington, VT
(Dec. 7) Holiday Trunk Show Manchester, VT
(Dec. 9-11) Wassail Weekend Woodstock, VT
(Dec. 9-11) Fun and Games Holiday Concerts Barre, Burlington, Rutland, VT
(Dec. 10) Santa Lucia Swedish Festival of Lights Jericho, VT
(Dec. 10) Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market Montpelier, VT
(Dec. 10-11) The Christmas Bunny Bellows Falls, VT
(Dec. 11) “A Christmas Carol” at the Flynn Theater Burlington, VT
(Dec. 11) Coolidge Holiday Open House Plymouth, VT
(Dec. 15-19) Brass Quintet and Counterpoint Warren, Jay, Grafton, Manchester, Brandon, VT
(Dec. 17) Carolers and Tree Lighting Ceremony Stratton, VT
(Dec. 17-18) Vermont’s Own “Nutcracker” at the Flynn Theater Burlington, VT
(Dec. 31-Jan. 1) New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Parade Stratton, VT
Enjoy some time with friends and family this holiday season! Happy December from Vermont Teddy Bear!
November 28, 2011 | By: Brittany
Hey Vermont, what’s up with this warm weather? Skier and Snowboarder Bears want to hit the slopes!
We seem to be having a late ski and snowboard season this year. First, Vermont misses out on that huge snowstorm that cancelled Halloween for those poor kids just south of us. Then, we finally get some snow, but it all melts away due to recent rises in temperature. Today you don’t even need to wear a jacket outside! Should we break out the swim suits again?
If you like to ski or snowboard in Vermont, just as Skier and Snowboarder Bears do, you’re probably very anxious to get back on the mountains. We’ve listed the statuses of all the mountains in Vermont for your convenience (with some help from Ski Vermont):
Opening in two weeks:
Pico Mountain: Plan to Open 12/15
Suicide Six Ski Area: Plan to Open 12/16
Cochran’s Ski Area: Plan to Open 12/17
Mad River Glen: Plan to Open 12/17
Magic Mountain: Plan to Open 12/17
Opening in three weeks:
Northeast Slopes: Plan to Open 12/24
November 25, 2011 | By: Jamey
I never have quite understood the name. Black Friday. Dark. Foreboding. Treacherous.
What a way to name one of the best days of the entire year. It should be Fabulous Friday, or Fantastic Friday, or I’m Gonna Have A Ton Of Fun Friday!
It’s the day after the biggest feast of the year, you’re surrounded by family and friends, and many, many folks decide to shop for the entire day. What could be better? You can now listen to holiday music while you contemplate the gifts you want to get everyone.
If you are close enough, get on your sleigh and come to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in person. You will get to meet all of our Bears that want to travel for the holidays:
And if your sled is in the shop? Yeah, our bears are in the 21st century, on the web at vermontteddybear.com. Okay, and if you want to talk to a person? We have them waiting for you at 1-800-988-8277.
No matter where you live or how you want to talk to us, we are ready to make this a Beary special Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa for someone you love. Let the holidays begin!
November 23, 2011 | By: Jamey
How do you give thanks this year? At Vermont Teddy Bear Company we look at all we have to be thankful for.
- Wonderful customers who have been so supportive for all of our 30 years.
- Kids of all ages that take a tour of the factory to see how their bears are brought to life.
- People from around the country, and for that matter, the world, who bring their Bears in every year to get a new outfit.
- The ultimate pleasure of reading the cards and seeing the pictures on Facebook and Twitter (and now, Google+!) of a happy child clinging to their Bear, a Mom or Dad recovering in the hospital with a smile and an arm full of fur, or a graduate standing next to their fellow Bear graduate!
And that’s only the beginning!
It takes a factory of people to get you the bear that you want. We have such a great Bear crew, from the person who picks up the phone on your first call, to those who are great with the needles and fur, to the folks who make sure that your outfit is perfect and your bear is packed perfectly for the trip, to the guys in shipping who assure every Bear a safe trip to their new home. And we all get to work at a beautiful building, on 52 acres of beautiful Vermont land, making Teddy Bears. Pretty good, eh?
We hope that each and every one of you has a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends. As we all need to be reminded of, there are those that need our help to get through the holidays. From a extra can of soup at the grocery store to a hand at a holiday dinner for those in need, we can all do our part. And then we will all have something to be really thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 17, 2011 | By: Jamey
FAQs. Kind of a new language, isn’t it? People used to wait on hold for hours waiting to get a hold of a person to answer even the most basic questions (not here, of course!). An online FAQs page let syou get the answer at your leisure without having to pick up the phone (although we are always glad to talk to you at any time).
In the old days, our FAQs were devised by talking to our great customer service agents, like Gail O’Connell in our Quality Control group, and saying “Hey, Gail, what do people ask you the most?” She would then give her the top three:
- Are they really made in Vermont?
- What colors do they come in?
- How much does it cost to have them shipped?
We’ve asked Gail for just three, but she could have easily given us a thousand. (She loves to chat, as you would find out if you talked with her on the phone. That is why she’s one of our best!) So, we took all of that info and put it into our FAQs page.
Today, we do it differently. You can still talk with Gail (and have too much fun chatting with her) but you have some more options for connecting with us:
You all have been wonderful with questions on your favorite social media channel, and you have made our job much easier. Every time that you ask us a question in Facebook or Twitter or this blog, we suddenly get more material to add to the FAQs. We really need to call the page the FAQBBL (Frequently Asked Questions By Bear Lovers). Your input is greatly appreciated and is always shared with the rest of Bear Nation. Thank you…and keep up the good work!
November 15, 2011 | By: Brittany
If you’re a fan of the Twilight saga, you probably know that the new movie, Breaking Dawn Part 1, comes out in theaters this Friday, November 18th. If you’re a really huge fan, you can grab your ticket in advance and see the midnight showing on the night of Thursday, November 17th and stay up half the night in utter absorption of the romantic story of rogue vampire love.
This portion of the series shows the newlywed couple, Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, in married delight. You might even say their relationship was “Love at First Bite!”
Are you just “dying” to see this movie? Well Vermont Teddy Bear has a friend who wants to join you. He’s a big fan of vampire Edward Cullen:
Can you see why? Vampire Bear would be the perfect companion during the epic 2-hour tale of Edward and Bella’s adventures, betrayals, and misfortunes. Just be sure to get him some popcorn before the movie starts or he might try to munch on your neck instead!
November 10, 2011 | By: Brittany
Vermont Teddy Bear is having a job fair at our Shelburne Road Factory on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th between 10:00AM and 4:00PM! If you’re interested in working in our Call Center, Distribution Center, or in Art & Embroidery, please stop by for an in-person interview! If we like what we see, we will hire you on the spot for seasonal employment!
The best part? Vermont Teddy Bear employees get DISCOUNTS on Bears! How can you resist? Come join the FUN at Vermont Teddy Bear! We’d love to work with you!
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