Sunday , 20 April 2014

Author Archives: Sheri

South Shore, here we come (again)

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Last February, we closed our Hingham store. It was a very hard decision, and at the time we vowed to return to the South Shore as soon as possible. In the months that followed, we spent a lot of time driving around Route 3 and looking for a new home. A few months ago, we found it. But by then, ... Read More »

Goodbye, Isis

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It will be 12 years ago this April that I became a mother for the first time. Like so many new moms, I knew so little. When a friend discovered a New Mothers Group that met in the basement of someone’s home in West Roxbury, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I was tired, scared and overwhelmed. Any support was ... Read More »

New Product Showcase at The ABC Show

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The New Product Showcase has become one of my favorite parts of the ABC Show, and it happens before the show even begins! It takes place the night before the show, and is a reception for media and specialty retailers previewing most of the coolest new products that will be on display during the show. Manufacturers are not invited, so ... Read More »

Nine!

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The last week has been a whirlwind. I returned home after almost six weeks abroad, and four hours after we got off the plane, my sister Alison gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. My newest niece arrived a week ahead of schedule, making our homecoming much more exciting than it would’ve been otherwise. In the midst of the ... Read More »

Here we go

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I know. I have been neglecting the blog. And I feel really bad about it. But the last six months have brought so many changes for me and my family, it has been a little hard to keep up with all the things demanding my time. When we decided to start homeschooling in the fall with our two oldest kids, ... Read More »

Passover Seders that work for kids

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Tonight marks the first night of Passover, and Jewish families all over the world will be gathering to celebrate by having a “Seder”: a special meal that follows a very specific order of operations designed to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. Children are supposed to be an integral part of the Seder. In fact, one of the most important objectives ... Read More »

One step back

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We have made the difficult decision to close the Hingham Magic Beans store later this month. This is uncharted territory for us, since we’ve been lucky enough to grow steadily for the last nine years. But — like this drawing illustrates so beautifully — growing a business is never a straight path. For a company our size, every store is ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2013 – Day 1

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It’s hard to believe, but I’m in New York for my 10th Toy Fair. Which sounds like a lot, until you discover Toy Fair is celebrating its 110th birthday this year. Also, a lot of other retailers I know have been attending this show since before I was born. Even after all this time, I’m still a relative newbie around ... Read More »

Aden + Anais + The Laundress = clean + fresh + happy

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I discovered The Laundress several years ago while hunting for an all-natural laundry detergent I could use for hand-washing, too. I tried it and I was hooked. Their laundry detergents are wonderful: they are formulated to be gentle on fabrics, and take no prisoners when it comes to dirt. They are free of toxins, biodegradable, and scented with natural essential ... Read More »

Nuna crosses the pond

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In April of 2010, Eli and I were very lucky to be invited to Amsterdam to visit the Bugaboo headquarters and get a sneak peek at the Donkey stroller. While we were there, we took the opportunity to visit an amazing, enormous baby store, Kid Factory, where I got my first look at Nuna. It wasn’t a brand I’d never ... Read More »