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Ages and stages and pets, oh my! Age-appropriate pets for kids

young boy with puppy

The fond memories and affectionate snuggles are the first things that come to mind when we think about our childhood pets, but kids have plenty more to gain from having a fuzzy (or feathery, or scaly) best pal. Here are just a few of the benefits of pet ownership for your littles: 1) Pets teach kids responsibility. Assigning age-appropriate pet care ... Read More »

Eleven years of extraordinary

  It’s our birthday! Celebrate Magic Beans with our annual birthday sale: 7% off almost everything in all of our stores and on our website! And now: a very special word from Sheri. It’s a beautiful summer day, and we are somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. We are together in the car, on our way to pick up our eldest after ... Read More »

Getting ready for day camp: a beginner’s guide

Skip Hop Zoo Pack Backpacks

Kids grow fast, and there’s a new transition every day: graduating from an infant car seat to a convertible car seat, from a bottle to a sippy cup, from diapers to big-kid underpants, and so on. A child’s first day camp experience comes with its own transitions as well, especially if you start young. It’s an exciting time, but a ... Read More »

It’s our birthday! Celebrating 10 years of Magic Beans

10 years ago today, I was 27 years old. I had two little girls, 26 months old and 15 weeks old. My husband had just left his job doing admissions at a private high school, and one of my sisters had just gotten married. My other sister had just finished fifth grade. We’d never heard of iPhones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ... Read More »

Camp away from camp: a summer at home with the Gurock family

To say I’ve been looking forward to the summer would be putting it mildly. It’s not that I don’t love homeschooling (because I do, I totally do). It’s just that between homeschooling, cooking, and trying to help wherever I can with Magic Beans, I have very little time to myself. And I’m not even talking about leisure time, though that ... Read More »