Thursday, April 20, 2006

Public Relations

If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this blog I have a unique opportunity for you!

I want to share only the best with my readers and by reviewing your product before sharing any links my readers can be sure that MamaBear endorsed products really are great!  If after reviewing your product, I find that it is a good fit for my blog I will offer you an ad space on my right side bar for a minimum of six months.  No other costs are associated with sponsoring my blog!

Of course if you want to reach out to my readers and sponsor a giveaway that is a sure way to raise your product's visibility, but it's optional. 

Please contact me at for more details on how we can work together! 

A disclaimer is always added at the bottom of my review posts clarifying who provided the product for review and that all opinions expressed are my own.  I make no guarantee that my review will be positive. That would defeat the purpose now wouldn't it. :)

Contact MamaBear

I'm always happy to hear from you!  Feel free to leave me a comment on any post or contact me via email at  There's also a neat little envelope button on the right hand side of my blog for emailing me.

Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

My dream job

I started my book design business in the winter of 2008. Seventy books later I have created a niche for myself as a blog book designer. Clients around the world hire me to take the words and photographs from their blog and transform them into beautiful hardcover albums.  When I was a kid I used to dream of a job that paid me to make albums for other people. When the economy tanked God opened a door for my hobby to become that paid gig I'd always dreamed about. 

I use a free software from that anyone can download and use themselves.  The quality of the books is excellent and I use their services exclusively for client books.

In September of 2010 I had the opportunity to speak about bookmaking at the first ever Minnesota Blogger Conference which was a real treat for me.  I love to teach others the things I've learned along the way and when time allows will post tips and tricks on my design site.That is where you will find my waiting list. (I will be on maternity leave until the end of the year starting in June but hope to open up the waiting list again in the Fall of 2011.)

To view samples of my work in the bookstore you can visit here

meet the bear family

I wrote an update on our family here.

I'm MamaBear to three cubs and wife to my best friend of 12 years.  PapaBear and I have been married for a decade now, but you can read about where it all started - in a different park  - by following this link.  When you visit BearCountry you might find a new recipe, photos of the cubs, or a story I want to record for our family's blog book. I love to share what I'm learning about straw bale gardening, photography, and living in a campground.  Life is busy - but at the end of the day when I tuck my cubs into their beds it is my prayer that they know they are loved by MamaBear, PapaBear, and most importantly their Heavenly Father!

When PapaBear isn't busy working in the woods he's playing 'zoo', 'school', or 'dinosaur' with his cubs. They LOVE to make believe together & learn about all the amazing things God has created at the same time.  I couldn't ask for a better husband!

Our first born, or only son, Sam.  At almost 7 he is full of energy and love for everyone. His passions continue to be Star Wars, dinosaurs, sea life, bugs, & soccer. He learned to tie his shoes recently and loves to snuggle with his baby sister at bedtime.  Now that he can count money he is saving to buy his very own imperial walker.  He is looking forward to his first trip to the Boundary Waters next summer!!

Our 2nd born, our first daughter, Julia.  At almost 5 she is doing her very best at keeping up with her brother.  She is mommy's helper in the kitchen, around the house, and in the garden. She is outgoing and friendly, but doesn't like to draw attention to herself.  She's passionate about drawing, painting, digging worms, and problem solving.  She's not afraid to get dirty or share her last bite of cookie.


Our second daughter, Elsa, was born July 1st during a terrible storm (thank goodness for generators!). When she isn't sleeping or eating (which she does A LOT) our little sweet pea is happiest when her big brother and big sister are making her smile. She's already been camping once since she was born and we're headed north soon for her first full weekend outdoors.

Disclosure: That hats my cubs are wearing were given to me by the uber talented Lindsey of Blue Yodey Boutique. 

Please check out her Facebook page for more great items. You won't be disappointed!!!

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