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Author Archives: Sheri

Giveaways Day 8 – Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller

Today’s giveaway is our biggest yet. The Bugaboo Cameleon is still the gold standard in the hybrid stroller category. Many have tried to come close, but no other stroller matches the quality of design and range of functionality of the Cameleon. With a reversible seat and a reversible handlebar, the Cameleon can adapt to virtually any environment, and with the ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 7 – Birthday Blitz

In honor of our birthday, we’re giving away seven great prizes today – six plus one for good luck. Here’s the run down: Go Gaga Slide We love these bags almost as much as we love Jill Cartwright, the incredibly warm, friendly woman behind the company. The wide, stretchy strap distributes the weight of the bag nicely across the shoulders, ... Read More »

60 lessons from 6 years in business

Magic Beans came to fruition six years ago today. In honor of the occasion, here are sixty things I’ve learned over the years. It should be noted, just because I’ve learned the lesson doesn’t mean I’m always successful at applying it. That’s OK, because knowing is half the battle. Start a business with your spouse only if you really, really ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 6 – Swinxs Game Console

When I first met the Swinxs at Toy Fair in 2008, I was totally blown away. It was such a fresh concept – an interactive gaming console with no video component that aimed to engage kids physically and socially. It took a couple of years, but this Dutch product is finally available here in the US, and we are delighted ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 5 – Ergo Baby Carrier

I just returned from watching a fireworks display on Cape Cod. As we stretched out on the grass and watched the spectacular show, I noticed a man sitting a few yards in front of us, wearing a baby in an Ergo carrier. The explosions were loud, the music was boisterous and the crowd was enthusiastic. But his baby slept on, ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 4 – My Backyard BBQ Set

Happy 4th of July! We loved this wooden grill when we saw it at Toy Fair this year, and we knew that it would be a must-have for all bbq-loving families. Including mine. It is a very well-constructed toy with a lot of details to really enhance the make believe play. The grill lid is designed so that there’s a ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 2 – Maclaren Quest Zodiac

Maclaren is known for their quirky special edition strollers, many designed by some of the hottest names in fashion. But for 2010, one of these limited edition strollers is the Zodiac Quest – it’s not designed by anyone you’ve ever seen on E! but it’s a really fun idea and a sweet ride too. The seat fabric is a night ... Read More »

10 years

In the summer of 1985, I went to day camp and rode the bus every day with a quiet, soft-spoken boy from the neighborhood. He was exceedingly kind, and I… well, I wasn’t. On Wild West day, I relished the role of outlaw (even more than usual), and managed to trick that sweet boy into giving me all the candy ... Read More »

Maternity ward (part 1)

Exactly a week ago, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Around eight months ago, she and I were en route to IKEA when she gave me the good news. A week later I was back at IKEA to return some things from my trip the week before and my sister in law called me with news. She ... Read More »