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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 »

Paleo Passover is easy… and delicious!

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Have you been wondering about the Paleo diet (and, perhaps, how to get your kids on board)? Sheri, the co-owner of Magic Beans, shared a bit about her family’s Paleo diet on Kveller, and some links to fantastic recipes that are perfect for Passover. A few Paleo basics: The Paleo diet means avoiding grains, legumes, soy, dairy, or refined sugar. ... Read More »

Our guide to building a healthier Easter basket

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Here at Magic Beans, we unabashedly love the holidays, and since we’re a company with a variety of religious traditions, there’s something different to celebrate practically every week. Every holiday has associated food, and every holiday, it seems, comes loaded with more and more sugar, and more challenges in negotiating how much and which candy your kid can eat. You ... 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 »

#2012 Mom-Resolutions

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Some years I’m not so into New Year’s resolutions, but for some reason, I’m really feeling the promise of a fresh start in 2012. Mom-guilt is a part of life for most moms, especially working moms, and this is the time of year when it’s easiest to parlay some of that guilt into action items. I can do better next ... Read More »

Santa, baby: 10 tips for a “nice” Santa experience

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Even though I am Jewish, and Santa never came to my home as a child, I still have quite a bit of reverence for jolly old St. Nick. Which is why I really look forward to his annual trip to Magic Beans (a tradition that goes back to 2006). When we first set out to recruit Santa, we were adamant ... Read More »

Magic Beans on the Today Show

Well, we’re all still catching our breath around here from the excitement of this morning. Our friend Jamie Grayson, AKA The Baby Guy, made his debut on the Today Show with Ann Curry, talking about Cyber Monday deals and highlighting Magic Beans. I could try to play it cool, but what’s the point? It was completely awesome. Our website even ... Read More »

Operation Santa – Massachusetts

Army Navy Luncheon to support families of our National Guard and Reserves

  Want to have some family football fun, and raise some money for a good cause, too? On Saturday, December 10, the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation will be hosting its eighth annual Army-Navy football luncheon to support Operation Santa of Massachusetts. The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation raises money for organizations that provide services for veterans, current U.S. military troops, and ... Read More »

Magic Beans Thanksgiving Recipes

We know that the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are built around food traditions. We asked our staff to submit their favorite family recipes, beyond turkey and stuffing. We hope you enjoy and we would love for you to share one of your favorites in the comments. Happy cooking! Tewksbury Tweets Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa 1 stick butter 1/2 cup milk ... Read More »

The biggest meal of all

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If your family is anything like mine, getting the kids to sit down for a multi-course meal on any day of the week is a Herculean task. But on Thanksgiving, the kids are in the spotlight and the out-of-town relatives are hoping to get lots of face time with their long-lost cutie-pies. As proud parents, we hope our kids will ... Read More »