And the winner is…

So after a few days of debating and some feedback from the most important people- You!!- I’ve officially decided that the winning blog is… Blogspot!

While I hate to say good-bye to WordPress, I am very happy with the design options and extra flexibility that Blogspot offers. I hope that it continues to be a good move and that the blog will grow. What I want the most is to be able to help others get their creative juices flowing and to be a resource for others to find quick, easy crafts.

If you’ve been a subscriber to this blog, I invite you to subscribe to our new blog at If you are on Google Friend Connect, you may now also stay informed by “following” the Bear Rabbit Bear blog at Blogspot.

So..add the new page to your favorites and head on over and check out the official site! I’ll also give you a hint- I’ve been designing something this week that I want everyone to check out, and I decided the best way to get feedback is to offer a give-away! Come check it out!

I Need Your Help!! WordPress vs. Blogspot

Usually when I write, it’s to share some craft idea or good deal. But, today, I need my readers to share with me!

I’ve been blogging for a few months now, and I have enjoyed it. I’m at a turning point with my blog, and I need to decide in which direction that I want to go. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been obsessing over which website to use to host my blog- wordpress or blogspot. And then today it hit me- why not let the readers decide?

Those of you who have been with me from the beginning know that I originally began this blog on and moved it shortly thereafter. I moved it because I had a few friends who recommended wordpress more, and because I really wasn’t familiar with how to use all the blogspot features. However, as of late I’ve realized that there are pros and cons of each, and if I am going to make a hosting site move I need to do it now rather than later.

In short, here’s a few pros/cons of each that I’ve been thinking about:



  • Blog pages look alittle “cleaner” and polished
  • WordPress seems to be picked up by search engines better and direct more traffic to the blog


  • WordPress doesn’t allow social connection links, like Google Friend Connect, that tons of bloggers use to connect with readers.
  • WordPress is stricter on various interactive content.
  • Not as many design options.



  • Ability to use all social plug-ins.
  • More design functions.


  • Overall design appearance is more cluttered, in my opinion.

Now for the million dollar question- which one??? This is where I need your help! You are currently on the WordPress site. Look around and check out the design and functionality. Then, go to Bear rabbit bear on blogspot. Check out this site’s design and functionality.

Then please vote! You can leave a comment on this post, the blogspot post, or on our Facebook page. Let me know which site you like best, and if you have a certain reason why you made your choice, you can share that, too!

Help me choose the best site for our blog! Hopefully, we can celebrate with another give-away! :)

Thank you so much :)

Our First Give-Away Winner!

Congratulations to our first give-away winner, Hope!

She will be receiving the two sets of Crocheted Hair Accessories.


Thanks everyone who entered our contest. I hope to be able to provide more for you in the near future. The best way to stay informed of give-aways? “Like” us on Facebook or Subscribe to our blog!

Recycled Play Milk Jug

My daughter has an awesome play kitchen that her daddy built her for Christmas last year. I’ve made her several pieces of fun play food, and she’s received some as a gift, but for some reason she doesn’t have any play “beverages”. This past weekend on a whim, I decided to make her a play milk carton by recycling a Turkey Hill Tea jug. It’s simple, cute, and inexpensive, and hopefully it will serve the purpose for a while, at least until the Melissa and Doug Food Groups set with the cute milk carton makes an appearance in our house!

Supplies Needed:

  • Half gallon milk or tea carton, thoroughly washed and dried
  • Goof Off
  • White paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Printer
  • Large packaging tape

Step One:

Use Goof Off or something like it to get all the labels off of your carton. You need a smooth surface with no leftover label residue. Wash the outside of the bottle to remove any chemical residue and let dry.

 Step Two:

Use painter’s tape to tape around the middle of the jug. The idea is the have the effect of a half-full milk jug, but you can place the tape wherever you want. Using white paint, paint up to the line of tape. I also painted the bottom of the jug.

Let the paint dry for a few hours, then apply another coat. Let second coat dry for a few hours, then remove the painter’s tape.

Step Three:

Using your computer, make a milk carton label. Here is where you can get creative! I just used a clip-art picture of a cow, but you can use whatever you want! You can name your “milk” brand after your kids, etc.

Print off the label.

Step Four:

Cut the label to the appropriate size for your jug. Apply the clear packaging tape to the front of the label, leaving only about 1/4 inch overhang of the tape on all four sides of the label. This “overhang” is to affix the label to the jug.

Carefully place the label on the front of the jug and press on all four sides of the label to secure it.

It’s time for your little one to enjoy milk out of their new play carton!

Don’t forget- our Crochet Hair Accessories Give-Away ends today!

Minnie Mouse Pinata featured on At Second Street!

I am very excited today! I’ve been blogging for a few months now, and as most bloggers and writers know, you’re always amazed when someone else takes the time to notice something that you have done. Such was the case today. While strolling through some of the craft blogs that I find interesting, I ran across one picture and almost fell out of my chair. Holy crap, it was my picture!!

My Minnie Mouse Pinata was featured on the wonderful At Second Street blog today. Scroll through the pictures- the last one is mine!

For those of you not familiar, while I write on this blog, I am also making a blog that chronicles everything that I am making for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. You can view the The Ultimate Minnie Mouse Party on a Budget my clicking here.

Thanks to Kalleen at At Second Street for noticing my photo and making my day!!

The Great Bathroom Make Over, Part 2

After over a month, we are finally getting somewhere with our Great Bathroom Make-Over. Following the demolition phase, the hubby is now building a new frame for the bathtub. For a refresher, visit the Great Bathroom Make-over, Part 1.

He used 2×4’s to build a new frame. Since we are tiling the frame around the tub, he is installing Hardibacker board everywhere that the tile will have to go.

There will be a small raised shelf next to the wall where we will install the faucet. It will also be a nice display area for candles, books, etc. We have ordered the tile, so now we are just waiting for it to arrive. If it seems we have been doing a lot of waiting during this project, it’s because we have! I am getting anxious, though. I haven’t had a real, true, relaxing bath in over two years, so I am excited to utilize our new tub!

Our First Give-Away!

In honor of our new Facebook page and our one month anniversary of our Craft Booth at Just Plain Country, we are giving away two sets of cute crocheted flower hair elastics that are featured in our booth!

For this give-away, one winner will receive two sets of the hair elastics. They consist of the following colors:

  • Set One: Purple elastic with white flower and tan center, Tan elastic with goldfish flower and white center, Pink elastic with brown flower and pink center
  • Set Two: Yellow elastic with mauve flower and green center, Cream elastic with white flower and orange center, Tan elastic with camo flower and brown center

Enter to win these for any little girl in your life! They are a cute coordinate to any summer or fall outfit.

Here’s how to enter:

MANDATORY entry: Leave a comment on this post telling me what you like the most about our blog. This step needs to be taken prior to the additional entry opportunities that follow.

After you’ve done the mandatory entry, you can do any of the following to get additional entries:

  • “Like” Bear Rabbit Bear on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment that you have “Liked” us on Facebook. One additional entry.
  • “Like” Just Plain Country on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment that you have “Liked” them on Facebook. One additional entry.
  • Go to our Home Page and use the tool on the right hand column to subscribe to our blog. One additional entry.
  • Visit our birthday party blog, The Ultimate Minnie Mouse Birthday Party on a Budget. Come back here and leave us a comment on your favorite party idea from that site. One additional entry.

Contest Rules:

This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM ET. A winner will be chosen at random via Random.Org. We will notify the winner by e-mail. The winner has must respond within 48 hrs of being notified, otherwise another winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed directly to the winner from bear rabbit bear. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

This contest is sponsored by bear rabbit bear.