Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016: An Awesome Year on Instagram

Me know me not blogging much lately, but me promise me will post more stories next year. It not that me no is online. Me is having so much fun on Instagram. After getting real serious on there last year in the Summer me gained over 3000(!) family, friends and followers! Me feel so blessed! Let me tell you more about the awesome Instayear!
(pictures made by Berry and some by me friends)

Postcard exchange
The best part about the amazing friends me made is the postcard exchange. Berry made me me own range of postcards to send to me besties all over the world. It so awesome to do that and get loads of pictures back of me friends showing the world what me send them. Also awesome is the amount of postcards and gifts me get back from me friends. Me got coloring pictures, chocolate, little Christmas ornaments, handmade gifts, cute buttons, cookies (!), and two new friends we named Coral (the little pink octopus) and Indigo (the tiny elephant). Me and Berry are so moved by all of this. It wonderful! We save each and every one of the gifts and cards too!

Sending gifts
Because we love our Instagram family so much, me asked Berry to make some of me besties something special. We have send out little scarfs, hats, one cookie sweater, grannyscarfs (they are called that way, me no know why) and even little booties to some of them. All handmade and – ofcourse – with a cookie on it! The pictures where me friends model the gifts are really special and bring so much joy! We are going to send some more gifts too… It takes a little time to make it all.

Cookie Report Dance
One of me traditions on Instagram is the Cookie Report Dance. Me love dancing. So me posted a dance every time me gained +100 followers. Me never thought me would post so many dances this year! Haha. Me love it though. Me will make a compilation of all the dances soon. Me also dances with special occasions by the way.

Pet’s Mews
You already know about Pet’s Mews right? It the way for plushies to exchange information, cultural differences and so much more. Me love to learn about other cultures and Tipsy makes this awesome newspaper filled with lovely and interesting stories. Me sweet friend asked me to participate and me wrote an article about the zoo. Pet’s Mews is a very cool newspaper for and by Plushies. O and Tipsy’s website is awesome too.

It the most colourful thing me did on Instagram this year. With some buddies we started the Plushie Colour Quest. Target: find the colour the host on Monday told you to find and post a picture. We took turns in hosting and it was so much fun. It great to see everybody’s creativity. Ofcourse me hosted Blue Week! But me had so much fun participating too. Like you can see here. We are still playing and every plushie can join in! Just follow the hashtag. O the best part was… every plushie was wondering: do me have a wig for the asked colour? Or maybe some Care Bear friends.

A great way to meet new friends is by going to Hope’s Teaparty on Tuesday. Every Tuesday she hosts the special global tea party. It much fun. Me not always can go, but little Frights loves to go so she can have tea with Jennie. Or she drags along Mackenzie, Bassie and Coral. Sometimes me go too and bring cookies. It amazing. Hope also hosted a Summer Camp. Me never been to Summer Camp before and this was awesome!

Of course this year we enjoyed the Olympics. House of Small Bears hosted the Plushie Olympics. A 5 day event full of sporting events. Me team won 5 Gold medals! But it was mostly amazing to have so much fun together.

Cookie Island
O what fun we had on Cookie Island! We made three trips to the island with every Plushie that could join in. Me created Cookie Island as a Plushie School assignment. Because lots of buddies asked me if we could go there, we just did! So we travelled to Cookie Island three times. The first time it was mostly an orientating get away. The second time me, Sid and Hope went on a great adventure finding the remains of a Cookiesaurus! And the third time me and Hope hosted a huge Holiday party with tropical beaches and snow in the mountains. Thanks for making all these weekends so epic! Thanks to all me plushie friends, Cookie Island is a real thing to enjoy. There were so many pictures to choose from, me just picked these four, or the blog would be too long. All the pictures can be found on Instagram. Just follow #cookieislandfun on there!

Well… me probably could tell more about me adventures on Instagram. We went on Andy’s Cruise, visited Minnieville and prayed for our friends in need. We shared so many great stories together. We love all our Instafamily, friends and followers. Me bet next year will be equally awesome and delicious!

Bye bye for now. Me got hungry. Where are those delicious German cookies… o… Om nom nom nom NOMMY!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Cookie Report in Pet's Mews

Hi everybody, Cookie here. It been a crazy busy couple of weeks, so me had to postpone some stories me wanted to share with you all. Me will catch up with everybody. You know me! Me just will eat a ton of cookies and will work on a sugar rush hihi. But today me had a little time to tell you about one of me friends on Instagram. Her name is Tipsy and she is a cat who has a human pet that travels with her. Every month with the help of Instafriends Tipsy publishes the coolest newspaper: Pet's Mews.

It awesome! The paper really is a celebration of cultural exchanges, beautiful pictures, cute stories, recipes and much much more. There are five issues now and me got to send in an article for the fifth issue that came out only last Saturday. Me love it! It was so exciting to write for a newspaper. It me first time! So... me wrote about something me love. No, not cookies. But going to the zoo. Me share a lot of zoo-pictures on me Instagram and have lots of friends asking if it not scary or dangerous to go to a zoo. So... me wrote down 10 tips about going to the zoo, get your picture taken and how to get our bum to stay away from the washing machine! There are more amazing stories in the paper this month and pictures. So... take a look too. You will find the paper, by clicking this link

O and do not forget to check out all the other Pet's Mewspapers and blogs of Tipsy. They are awesome and very educational! So hop on over to their website, make a cup of tea, cocoa, warm milk or coffee, have some cookies and start reading!

Until next time! Bye bye

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Meet Mackenzie, the brown bear from Ouwehands

Hey everybody. After the vacation blog madness me is back again with some other stuff. Boy o boy are we spoiled with a beautiful Indian Summer. It really was a heatwave out here. Me no mind though. It perfect weather to go outside. On September 2nd Berry took the day off so we could go to Ouwehands Dierenpark (Ouwehands Zoo) in Rhenen, the Netherlands. Me have been to that zoo before, and last year me told about in a blog called Have me told about… Ouwehands Dierenpark?. Me reserved a big part of that blog to talk about the Bear Forest. Me tell you this, because this time our visit was focussed on the Bear Forest too. You see… they just opened a new exhibit room and Berry wanted to blog about it on her website. (pictures all taken by Berry de Nijs)

Observation post
New at the zoo is the Observation post. A little cabin that tells an important story about bears, showing skins, skulls, a wall full of black and white pictures and a showcase displaying old knives. There are old suitcases, as if someone was living there and a desk. The cabin has one wall made out of glass, zo real scientists, zoo keepers and visitors can observe the bears in their habitat. During our visit we could see two Malaysian bears frolicking around. It was fun. Me and Berry love bears and the exhibit is very educational. And a little emotional too…

Mackenzie, the brown bear
You see, there were these big glass showcases in the cabin. One of them had a skeleton standing in it that used to be from a bear that had passed away this year. The bear was one of the first bears to live in the Bear Forest. He was a real special bear. That is why the zoo wants to keep him close. Not only his skeleton was on display, in another showcase made of glass he sits as a taxidermy bear. He looked like a sweet big old teddy bear, with his glistening eyes and beautiful fluffy bear fur. Berry got a little misty eyed seeing the bear sitting there. She is not fond of taxidermy you know. Softly me heard her whisper: ‘Hi Mackenzie, are you comfy sitting there?’ Mackenzie was a very handsome bear and she even took a picture of me with him. It was hard though, because of all the reflection from the window, but me glad we did.

Strolling through the Forest
We also went to the Bear Forest to look at the wonderful bears that live in it. Because of the beautiful weather, they were out and about, taking a stroll, taking a nap or playing in the water. We could stay and watch them for hours, but we really wanted to visit the polar bears, tiger, lions and all other animals too.

A new friend
At the end of the day before we went home Berry decided to adopt a new friend: a little brown bear. Me Instafriends already met him. When we were cuddling on the way home in the car me whispered: ‘Hey Mackenzie, are you comfy sitting there?’ He looked up, nodded and crawled in me paws ever so tightly. So we adopted our own Mackenzie. He is the best brown bear and you know what? Because Berry adopted him the money she paid for him goes to the Bear Forest Foundation, so more bears like the real Mackenzie can have a safe, easy and abuse-free life!