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Bears by Lauren - Beyond Extraordinary

Disclaimer: I received products  for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Though the product was free, opinions are 100% my very own.

Have you had a loved one that you want to always have close? How about the kids that are growing up and moving on out? You probably have a few of their baby items that you've been keeping folded away, just to bring out every once in a while, and smile over because you can't believe how much they've grown. My mother lost her father not too long ago and not a day goes by that she doesn't think of him. Although she has memories to last a lifetime she still wishes that he was here and that she had a piece of him. When Bears by Lauren contacted mommy about their amazing keepsake bears mommy originally thought of grandpa. Why? Well Bears by Lauren are unique keepsake bears that are made from your loved one's clothing. Each are made to your specification and all are unique. I just love personalized items and this is by far the best one yet that I have reviewed to date.

Currently there are three bear styles of keepsake memory bear:

  1. Button Bear (18 inches tall with posable arms and legs);
  2. Belly Bear  (16 -18 inches tall) &
  3. Classic Bear (18 inches).

I was sent the Button Bear as seen in the photo above. So how does the process work? Well you simply send Lauren clothing that you may have stored away as keepsakes, each bear requires different amount of clothing, she then in turn creates a handcrafted keepsake bear that you can either display in plain view or hug every day. If you don't have any clothing available Lauren will do her best to create something just for you based on your specifications.

In my case being a girl who loves to read and who think I'm a princess, I requested something that had owls because you know that owls are wise and I just love them. Mommy had already given most of my clothing away and Lauren truly outdid herself. She asked what my eye color was and I told her brown. Told her that I loved pink and when my bear arrived I couldn't believe it. This bear was extraordinary. Not only did she find my owls but there was a beautiful princess and it was pink! I immediately said "that is my bear!". And it was in fact mine. It was personalized not just with what I requested but also had my name and date of birth monogrammed on his legs. Just look at the attention to detail on this bear! OUTSTANDING!

There really is nothing that Lauren can't do for you. You can request specific features, eye color, or even a special birthmark that your loved one may have. Remember these are all unique and one of a kind and she truly tries her best to make it just the way you want. Now while you may send in clothing of a loved one there is no need to wash them if you want to preserve their scent. The only request is that it not be filled with cigarette smoke which is totally understandable. I don't think I would want a bear that smelled like cigarettes either.

One of the things that I loved about Bears by Lauren besides the uniqueness of the bears is that Lauren herself stays in contact with you throughout the entire process. Talk about customer service. She is with you from the beginning right through to the end to make sure that you loved your bear. Thank you Lauren but I sure do!!

Bears by Lauren will make a great heirloom piece and I recommend getting one to remind you of a loved one past or present. These will make great gifts for everyone that you love and cherish and if I had more than tiny thumbs she would get them all, since I only have tiny ones she totally gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!

Here are the ways to connect with Lauren and to learn more about these adorable keepsake bears:

Disclosure: Growing Up Madison receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission for payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. Giveaways are not sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or any other social media site. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Annmarie John
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  1. This is so cute and a wonderful idea! I am going to order one for both of my daughters. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Aww, this bear is so sweet. I love how it is personalized and the beautiful colors. It will be a keepsake for years to come.

  3. These are so cute! Very great idea I would love to get a few of these made! I'm a total basket case when it comes to my kiddos growing up and having to pack clothes/blankets away! What a good idea!

  4. LOVE! Is it wrong that I want one for me? At least I know what I am getting for all 3 of my nieces for Christmas this year.

  5. That is darling! I love handmade and personalized gifts. It's perfect.

  6. It's so bright, cheery and happy! I totally love that you can customize it so much!

  7. What a cutie: bright and colorful, My daughter will absolutely love it.

  8. That is SO cute. I love it!!! So personal and special! Looks like Madison loves it, too!

  9. This is really cute and I love that she personalizes it so much! I'll definitely consider this as my son gets a little bigger (and outgrows my favorite outfits he wears.)

  10. Such a original and cute bear! I really want one for my daughter :D

  11. So happy you are happy with this bear. It does look veery well made and as cute as you!

  12. I love this idea. And this is a great way to save a keepsake.

  13. Oh my goodness. That bear is so adorable. My daughter would love one. Amber N

  14. This is adorable! What a great present these would be, using old baby clothes!

  15. Okay, that is brilliant - and a perfect gift! I can think of so many kids to buy these for!

  16. Now that is one cute bear. I would love to get one for my little one.

  17. I love personalized stuffed animals! No denying that it's yours & cute to boot as well :)

  18. what a sweet bear. that would be a great gift for a mommy to be!

  19. I am really impressed! That is such an awesome idea!

  20. This is a beautiful bear. It's just classic and reminds me of the stuffed bears I had growing up!

  21. This is such a brilliant idea. If my girls were younger I would have ordered these bears for them because I have kept some of their baby clothes for memory. I have to say Lauren did a great job with your bear. Enjoy it.

  22. So much adorable - I just know this would be perfect for my niece too!

  23. This is such a great idea. I have a shirt of my dad who passed away and I keep it with me always. I can make a bear with it and I'll have that too. Would look better sleeping with a bear instead of a shirt. :)


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