Author Archives: Karen

Looking back in 2015 and Looking forward to 2016

Happy New Year 2016 ~ I want to inspire others to never give up ~ You have welcomed my son Andrew into your lives and we cannot thank you enough. My family is humbled by everyone’s support, encouragement and love … Continue reading

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Christmas Shipping & Hours

So we are never really closed for the holiday’s since you can shop on line, however our shipping elves will be taking a little bit of a break and slowing down to celebrate the season until the New Year. Well … Continue reading

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“Bear In A Bag” gift giving

Andrew has added a little something extra special in the spirit of the holidays this year. It’s called “Bear In A Bag” gift giving. Andrew wanted to add an additional way to provide smiles to children who are sick in … Continue reading

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There’s always a rainbow

I’m reminded that life is not always perfect and that the world is full of challenges, full of obstacles, full of struggles and of uncertainties. But what I am also reminded of is that if we are patient and surrounded … Continue reading

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Black Friday Deals Are Here ~ 25% off

~ 25% off your entire order (shipping not included) ~ Here is your code to use as many times as you want before the sale ends: BLACKFRIDAYSALE (caps not necessary) Sale ends Midnight November 30th 2015. Black Friday Week Sale … Continue reading

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Bowling with friends

I went bowling with all my friends. We had so much fun bowling and we had pizza and pop. My new friend Matthew came down from London to bowl. It was nice seeing him. He bowled on my team. Here is a … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Blog Post #5

Down syndrome Awareness My mom and I were really busy this past month. It was Down syndrome awareness month. All month we handed out ribbons at events. I put one on every day and so did my family. My mom … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Blog Post #4

My mom and I went to London on Saturday to meet a new friend. His name is Matthew. It was a really fun day. We went bowling and had some lunch. Matthew likes music, movies, games and eating at restaurants. … Continue reading

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October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month “October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month, we celebrate people with Down syndrome, their abilities and accomplishments.” Please join Andrew Banar, owner of Group Hug Apparel in celebrating Down … Continue reading

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I Remember The First Day Of School

Oh how i miss the first day of school & seeing Andrew so excited about experiencing this part of his life……. well maybe not so much Andrew and to tell you the truth, maybe it was just me, a mom … Continue reading

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Inspiring Business Owners

I was looking through previous e mails and i came across one that was written by Maureen Wallace of SheKnows media about Inspiring Business Owners who not only have a business but they also have Down syndrome. Reading this again … Continue reading

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Mason’s Fight

Andrew had the opportunity to meet his new friend Mason last week and he gave him, along with his mom and dad some of his “Be Strong Rock On” shirts. Andrew enjoys giving his shirts to little ones to help … Continue reading

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Mom Of The Month and a Birthday.

I woke this morning at 7 am to Andrew making me coffee and a couple of text messages from loved ones and an e mail from Moma Deb. Text messages …Good morning Karen, I hope you have a Happy Birthday … Continue reading

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The Visit

The words may not be many, the visit may not be long, His warmth is from his heart, way deep down inside. Its honest and unconditional without any hesitation. He wants to help others and provide some comfort when their … Continue reading

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No one Fights alone!

Andrew, you are my Hero. You fight every step of the way and always take chances. You are always willing to learn and try new things. You my son, have showed me that everyone has the ability to achieve. You … Continue reading

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