We Bought a Giant Bear

by FiveofHearts



As a young fashionista it is hard for me to find people willing to let me make outfits for them and dress them up. Until today. Costco happens to sell human sized bears for only thirty dollars. So after putting one in the cart a couple times we finally broke down and got one. We decided to name it Bruno.

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But before we bought Bruno we took into account his size. We figured that he was so big he could fit in human sized clothes. Then today on our way to Costco to by Bruno we made a quick stop at the thrift store. I helped Mom pick out five outfits for him:

  • A sports jersey for watching the Olympics and other sporting events.
  • A pair of boxer-shorts with polar bears on them for pajamas.
  • A business outfit complete vest, undershirt, tie, and hat.
  • A casual sweater vest for around the house.
  • And a green fleece vest for outdoor excursions.

As soon as we got home I rushed to put Bruno’s new clothes on him. After a little bit of a struggle we tried all the outfits on him. They all fit and I took a picture of him in every single one (which you can see above). As much as I was happy to have Bruno to play with, I was also happy because I finally had someone who never got tired of me dressing them up. I can’t wait till next time we go to the thrift store so I can pick out more outfits for Bruno!



Olympic Offset

Along with an estimated 3 billion people worldwide, we’re tuning into the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As with previous Olympics, we have our reservations knowing the billions of dollars flowing into the host city do very little to benefit the people who actually live there. In Rio 77,206 people were displaced to make way for the roads, venues, and public transportation lines that the athletes and tourists will use over the 16 days of festivities.Real Rio Cost

We decided that since we would be watching, Rio would be the focus of our monthly Philanthropy on the Fifth. After some research on charities that make a difference in Rio, we were thoroughly impressed with the BrazilFoundation. Not only does it earn an amazing score of 96.46 from Charity Navigator (the highest we found for any charity with a focus on Brazil), but also donors can choose from a wide variety of projects that are part of their Team Rio campaign that aims “to help create a positive social legacy for the city.”


We hope you’ll join us in choosing from one of the 35 projects helping those in the shadows of the Olympics have a better life once the world stops watching.

Dear Tomorrow: A Digital Time Capsule of Climate Change

Through our involvement in the Montana Moms Clean Air Force we were made aware of a truly remarkable project. Dear Tomorrow is an archive of letters participants write to their loved ones about climate change, which will then be released in 2030 and 2050 to both the recipients and the general public. We found the process of drafting a letter to the Younger Fives to be an extremely challenging yet inspiring process. Climate change is definitely on our minds as parents but putting our thoughts and intentions into words was no small task. Doing so, however, helped crystallize our commitment to act, knowing that our kids will have the opportunity to read our letters as adults. As parents we do a countless number of things each day to keep our kids safe and healthy; adding a few more to reduce our impact on the planet and push for collective climate action is a small but meaningful way to provide for their future.

While creating a DearTomorrow letter, photo, or video is a transformative experience, we’ve also been inspired by reading others’ contributions. We’ve included our letter below as well as others that provide a powerful snapshot of what climate change means to families; click an image to read more. 

Finally, DearTomorrow is in the running for the Judge’s Choice award at the MIT Climate CoLab Conference in September. You can vote for them at the Conference web site (it just requires a super quick sign-up process).


Potters at Play at Archie Bray

Located just outside of Helena, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a true gem. The former Western Clay Manufacturing Co. that provided bricks to Helena and surrounding areas, the site has been a nonprofit educational arts institution since 1951. Since then over 600 ceramics artists from around the world have come here to work and teach, holding classes for adults and children, experts and beginners alike. The Foundation also has a gallery and store selling ceramics supplies to support its mission. Even if you can’t find the time to take a class (which we can’t wait to do this fall), spending a few hours roaming the grounds with Mount Helena as a backdrop is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From rusting equipment and crumbling structures to finished pieces and broken experiments,  the Bray is an excellent place to lose yourself in a maze of art and history.


Mount Helena




Final Impressions