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Animal Planet is featuring a different kind of “labor day”

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We don’t know why it took the television industry so long to figure out that there are millions of viewers who just want to watch adorable animals cavorting, but now that they’ve gotten the message, Animal Planet is constantly coming up with new ways to make us go “awww.” Their latest contribution to our addiction to cuteness is one that ... Read More »

If you aren’t following TheBabyGuyNYC, your Facebook newsfeed is probably boring. Plus: win a Clek Foonf!

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I remember when my friend Jamie Grayson first started his Facebook page. He didn’t have any formal training in social media, but he had his sparkly personality, his wit, his kindness and his honesty. He didn’t have a strategy, but he had something that’s too rare on the internet: authenticity! Sure enough, his on-target assessment of products and his personal ... Read More »

From the Drool Baby Expo: 6 delicious mocktails for thirsty mamas!

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A mocktail is a wonderful thing: as sophisticated and refreshing as a real cocktail, but without the booze! They’re perfect for a variety of occasions, but especially baby showers and parties like the Drool Baby Expo, where moms-to-be, nursing mommies, and dads and partners are abstaining from alcohol but still want to drink something that tastes grown-up. Want to duplicate ... 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 »

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 »

Cimemamas launches in Boston

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Sneaking off to a dark theater in the middle of the day is a wonderful, guilty pleasure. There’s a reason so many new moms flock to their local mom-baby movie showtimes. But babies are notoriously unpredictable movie dates (and they age out of the cooperative, sleepy newborn phase far too quickly). So Gina Saltonstall and Lori Cohen decided to create ... Read More »

8 and counting: then and now

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A lot can change in eight years. Just ask my daughter Mira, who was born just 15 weeks before Magic Beans opened its doors on July 7, 2004. Eight years ago, she was sitting in the window of the store while Eli and I worked, smiling at anyone who made eye contact (and usually scaring them half to death, because ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways is coming (and a Twitter party!)

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A little over three years ago, we were sitting in our conference room trying to brainstorm a special way to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Magic Beans. Eli looked up and said, “What if we gave away something awesome every day for the whole month?” It was a great idea, and we did it. 31 Days of Giveaways was born, ... Read More »

12 years, 12 lessons learned

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The summer I was seven years old, I did something awful. It was Wild West Day at camp and, in the spirit of the theme, I stole a little boy’s candy. I still haven’t heard the end of it, because twelve years ago today, I married that boy. By then he had forgiven me enough to become (in succession) my ... Read More »

It’s a Drool Twitter Party!

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We’re counting down the final days before Drool. The floorplan is set. The vendor list is beyond our wildest dreams. The gift bags are outrageous. The raffle prizes are amazing. Every detail is falling into place. So now it’s time to kick back and have some fun. Join us this Sunday night (Mother’s Day!!) as we bring the spirit of ... Read More »