Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today is Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day -- We Are Celebrating with Our New Winnie-the-Pooh Bear + #GoodbyeChristopherRobin GIVEAWAY @FoxSearchlight #ad

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

Looking for a movie to go see this weekend?  How about checking out Goodbye Christopher Robin, which arrives in theaters this Friday, October 13th.  

In honor of this upcoming release, many people will be celebrating and snapping selfies of themselves and their beloved teddy bears, in honor of "Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work or School."   Don't believe me that this is an actual observance?  Google it and you will see it is celebrated the second Wednesday in October every year. 

Here is more about Goodbye Christopher Robin in case you have missed the trailer on television or all my social media posts about it. :-)

"GOODBYE CHRISTOPER ROBIN is a film that takes us to post-war England and the lives of the Milne family.  A.A. Milne, an author and veteran of The Great War suffering from PTSD becomes inspired by his son to create characters that we all know and love today.

The film explores the ways we heal, and the sometimes complicated bond between children and their parents – especially when the child shares a spotlight alongside a treasured icon.GOODBYE CHRISTOPER ROBIN stars Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Unbroken), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) and Kelly MacDonald (Brave, Nanny McPhee).  

It is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, Woman In Gold) and written by Simon Vaughan and Frank Cottrell Boyce (who you may or may not know wrote famous children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). "

More about this film:

"GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.  

Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?"


My girls and I wanted to celebrate "Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work or School" Day today, as it gives us another excuse to cuddle up next to our favorite teddy bears.  I don't work outside the house, and my girls are homeschooled, so we are sharing photos of our new favorite teddy bear, which we received in the mail the other day, all the way from England.

Does this bear look familiar?  

If you have seen the Goodbye Christopher Robin official trailer (shared above), then you will notice that this classic teddy bear resembles the original Pooh.  When I first heard we would be getting a Winnie-the-Pooh bear, I was tempted to keep the teddy bear a if that would happen in our house, as the girls are like hawks whenever they hear the mail delivery vehicles  pull into the yard. :-)  But, I also wanted to be able to share this bear with my girls, as I have a personal connection to Pooh bear.  See, my name is Robin, and I was named after Christopher Robin.  My parents were told they were having a boy, and then were surprised to find out I was a girl when I was born.  They had both loved the idea of calling their third born Christopher Robin, as my two older brothers were fans of this classic story, as was my mother. 

Not being a boy, they thought of calling me Christina Robin, but didn't like how it sounded. So, the Christopher/Christina part was dropped from the name, and I was left with Robin, spelled with an "i" and not a "y".  And, the very first plush toy I was given was a  musical Winnie-the-Pooh bear, which would lull me to sleep (most of the time my Mom said).  As I grew up, I continued to tote my Pooh bear around the house, and would snuggle up with it every night at bedtime.  I still have my Pooh bear, which sits on a shelf in my girls' old nursery, which is now their playroom.  Whenever I walk in the room, I can't help but glance up at the bear and smile, remembering all the fond memories I had with my favorite teddy bear growing up, and how I was able to introduce my girls to Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin and all Pooh's friends who lived in the 100-Acre wood.

Here is a cute video I took of the girls unboxing their new teddy bear the other day.  

This bear couldn't have come at a better time as my youngest has been battling a bad head cold, which had triggered her asthma and eczema.  So, she hasn't been a happy camper, and bedtime has been rough for her.  But, as soon as she saw the teddy bear in the box, her eyes lit up and after she let Savannah hug it and play with it for a few minutes, she announced that this was her new bear, and has since brought it everywhere with her.  

And, that afternoon after playing with her new teddy bear, she rested on the couch and fell asleep, with her new teddy friend next to her. 

Doesn't she look precious?  The innocence of a child.  If only I could stop time and enjoy these moments of my girls. 

My heart melts each time I see the girls loving on their new teddy bear as I know that is just how I felt growing up.  I love seeing Winnie-the-Pooh continue to delight kids, young and old.  And, now with this new movie opening in theaters this Friday, October 13th, I can't wait to see it, and know this movie will bring families together at the theaters celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin.  Friday can't get here fast enough. :-)  But, in the meantime, I am sneaking in hugs with Bella's new Pooh bear, and love seeing things like this...

This is one lucky bear. :-)  



Thanks to the kind folks at Fox Searchlight Pictures, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win some swag from the upcoming Goodbye Christopher Robin movie.  Up for grabs will be a tote and a journal, sure to delight Winnie-the-Pooh fans. 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. My favorite teddy bear growing up was one my grandparents gave me. I still have it!

  2. I had a Pound Puppy named Brownie. He was so cute!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.