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The 1000th post

This is a milestone, for sure. When we started this blog in 2005, the word “blog” was still an emerging part of the public vocabulary. In fact, Merriam-Webster named “blog” the “Word of the Year” in 2004. Back then, blogging was mostly for techies, pundits and voyeurs.

It’s been almost six years since Isaac (my sister’s husband and the Magic Beans CFO) suggested I start a blog. I could never have imagined then how prevalent blogs would eventually become. Today there are more than 156 million blogs on the internet. That blows my mind! The upside is, there’s no shortage of great stories to read. The downside is, there aren’t enough hours in the day to read them all.

This is why I am so grateful to have had such a loyal following over the years. We’ve tried to bring you a mix of content – product reviews, news from inside our industry, safety information and parenting tips. I’ve always wished I could find the time to post more frequently, but I guess 1000 posts is nothing to sneeze at.

So, in honor of this occasion, and to thank you for seeing us through our first 1000 posts, I’m going to give away a giant Melissa & Doug Giraffe this week.

To enter, comment here between now and 7/22 and share your favorite post on this blog AND your favorite blog(s) to read (aside from this one, of course). On 7/23 we’ll choose a winner at random. Thanks again for reading and good luck!

 

130 comments

  1. I love reading blogs, this one included! It’s always hard to pick a favorite post but I was touched by the one you wrote for Mother’s Day, titled “Ruined?” I completely agree with your sentiments – it’s how you choose to look at things that matters. As for my other favorite blogs, I really enjoy A Cup of Jo and Marvelous Kiddo, among others. My daughter would love the giraffe – keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. My favorite posts on your blog are the ones about getting your business up and running. It is truly inspirational. I like to hear about how you started, and how far you have come. It’s really, really cool. And if I am ever in Boston, I am totally coming to visit the store!

    The other blogs I like to read are babycheapskate, the soft landing blog, and several babble blogs.

  3. I love reading about all the fancy new strollers you discover! We have owned lots of different ones since having our first baby in 2008, but I still find myself hunting for that perfect mix of easy, compact, quick to fold, lightweight and interesting! We bought a double Chariot stroller last year five months after our second baby was born, but I enjoyed reading your post about the Baby Jogger version of the Chariot just this month, so that post is my favorite! We are due with baby three next month, so now I am hunting for a good stroller option for a mommy of three under three and a half! As far as blogs I love to read, mostly I am addicted to ones about sewing and crafting, so my favorite blog to read is prudent baby–lots of free tutorials for making adorable clothing! http://www.prudentbaby.com Happy 1000th post!!

  4. I always enjoy the just for fun posts. You have some great popsicle recipes.

    I love to read shopping blogs, wantnot is probably my favorite of all.

  5. I enjoyed your mothers day post. Exactly what I needed as I waited for my sweet first baby to arrive. I also enjoy eading Gorgeously Green. All about healthy living.

  6. My friend introduced me to the store and we went to the party for the donkey stoller and I have been following this store ever since. I met such wonderful people and moms and moms to be. I met a woman who is a nanny, she gave me her card so now i follow her blog.

  7. In love the recipes. Easy and fun for the kids.

  8. Talia Rosenberg

    Favorite blogpost here: about weaning Zev, about extended nursing of Zev. Made me laugh & cry.
    I love my husband’s http://www.valueslant.com and spillingthebeans and the ann beck photography blog.

  9. congrats on the amazing blog!!! this would be amazing to win 🙂

  10. I love Capturing The Wonder: Turning Stories Into Magic! and of course this one! 🙂
    I hope i can visit your store on my next trip to Boston, can’t hardly wait!!

  11. I love reading about all the new strollers!! One of my other fav blogs is sofistimom. Great craft ideas and lots of yummy recipes…

  12. Congrats on the 1000 post! I like your posts about practical things I can do with my family. I really liked the blog about the patriotic popsicles – never heard of the product before and loved how easy and fun it would be. I also like the read the charlene chronicles!

  13. sorry , I didn’t finish reading the entire rules! I enjoy reading about all the new items that are available now. We found out last week that we are having twins….so now we will have 4 kids! it is nice to have somewhere to go for the latest and greatest! 🙂

  14. Great blog. Unfortunately I don’t read it as often as I like but with two little kids to take care of, I’m lucky if I read anything in a month! However, when I do catch your blog it is always insightful, interesting, and I learn something new. I think my favorite one was the tips for a plane ride. Keep up the good work– I look forward to reading more!

  15. I was most excited about the first duet stroller post.
    I recently discovered play at home mom.

  16. Patriotic Pops! I’d love one of those quick freeze popsicle makers. They look so fun and the popsicles look yummy.

    I love to read so many blogs! Zrecs, Forever Young Adult, Pioneer Woman, Goodyblog and many others.

  17. I love the posts telling us about new products. 🙂 Those are my favorite! Like the Bugaboo Donkey- loved your take on that name!

    I love to read Mennonite Girls Can Cook and Carseatblog.

  18. Turning stories into magic! I also follow Baby Gizmo. LOVING this give-away!

  19. I like the food posts. 🙂 One of my most frequent blog readings is Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.

  20. I love the food posts. I love Pioneer woman blog. Wish I had more time to read more blogs….

  21. Love love love this blog!!!!!! I look forward to reading new posts. Thanks for all of the great food posts!

  22. What an amazing giraffe! Visit baby gizmo, rockin’ mama and melissa & doug blogs every week and fave post was April 22 – No rain on your parade – 10 ways to have fun indoors.

  23. Congratulations on the 1000th post – it is a great accomplishment! My favorite post is “60 lessons from 6 years in business” – it’s insightful and inspirational. Congrats on the anniversary as well and I look forward to seeing Magic Beans grow even more! Other parenting blogs I enjoy are Boston Mamas and my good friends’ blog, Diary of a Yummy Mummy.

  24. I can’t pick just one blog!! I love reading about all the new products on the website and on the market! It is a great way to find out what’s new, hot, and brilliantly designed!! Thanks for a great blog, love reading all the great things you have to offer!!

  25. Brooke Schwaderer

    Love recipes. Give me ideas when I need them
    I love to read My This N That Life

  26. I like giveaway posts, to be completley honest. I don’t have a lot of time to read many blogs, so I only go to them when something catches my eye on facebook. .. like this one!
    carlaboo11 @ yahoo.com

  27. I must admit I’m a little new to the Spilling the Beans, but so far it’s as awesome as the stores and staff! Love love love Magic Beans.
    As for other blogs I like…generally personal blogs of friends and family, some couponing blogs and a few others here and there. Guess I’ll link your blog on my personal blog, got to share the love (introduce MB) with others.

  28. I began reading your blog about a year ago. I love seeing what is new for kids to make my life easier and make my kids have more fun & be safer. I read lots of blogs and am in the process of starting up my own just so I can join in the fun and add my 2 cents.

  29. Plachikkat Radha

    Congrats!!

    Favorite post here: Ruined, made my motherly heart warm.
    Other blogs: motherlode @ nytimes, monday morning quarterback during football season.

    Wpuld love to win the giraffe for my 4 month old son and his dad, who has a giraffe fettish. Our house has all kinds of giraffes including tiny stuffed ones. This would be just too perfect!

  30. I liked your post on the 10 best products from 2010, also your info on the City Select stroller. I also read Prudent Baby, Little Miss Momma, Made, and Baby Cheapskate.

  31. Recently, I was a fan of the Patriotic Pops post… because I totally made my own version of them with my Zoku for the 4th! They were a total hit. Aside from this blog, another kid-centric blog I love is Cool Mom Picks.

  32. Love your blog!! I have to say my favorite post so far is the mothers day post:) I also follow ” my favorite things” it’s light hearted and just fun to read.

  33. Lava cake…and, of course, your toddler weaning/not-weening post 🙂
    i love cool mom picks, resourceful mommy and momitforward…among a bazillion or so others including my own http://www.peekababyny.com 🙂
    I would love to see my 2 year old try to chew on this massive M&D giraffe a la Sophie 😉

  34. Congrats on #1000! Love to see all of the tips and reviews you guys do! As for blogs, I love the ones on food stuff and deals around town!

  35. Congratulations on your 1000th post, that is a real milestone! My favorite posts are probably your incredible “coverage” of the ABC baby expo, or some of your more “real mom posts” dealing with your kids, or the loss of your dog. When I’m not reading spilling the beans, I’m a huge fan of ohdeedoh.

    Thank you!

  36. I am one of your new followers and readers. I like your Drool Sponsor spotlights! I love hearing about the new products and learning about awesome companies that I may not have heard of before! Thank you so much and congrats on reaching such an amazing milestone! That is super cool! I also like the sites …The shopping Mama, Natalie’s sentiments, and Tip Junkie. 🙂

    zippieee@msn.com

  37. I love checking out all the fun gear I didn’t even know existed and some I wish I’d of known about before I had my son. It’s like window shopping for me and a lot of times my husband has to remind me that we don’t need seconds of gear we already have.

  38. ryann macintosh

    definitely enjoyed Mothers day post and any involving giveaways 🙂

  39. Your site is one of of the best …I enjoy the just for fun posts. You have great recipes.

  40. I love reading this 1000th blog. It’s nice to see a milestone! I love reading the blog Under the Sycamore. GReat blog and certainly helped me become crafty.

  41. I really liked the post about 10 things to do in the rain – I’m always looking for good rainy day projects for us to do! I love reading different blogs about kids crafts/activities, and things to do to instill imagination. One of my friends has a blog called Tiny Twists Creative, and it’s just great 🙂

  42. I love your site!
    Its informative, fun, and creative.
    Thanks for all the giveaways, they keep us coming back for more!

  43. Love this blog! Congrats on the 1,000th post! I loved this one: http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/baby/tips-tricks/lunch-and-learn/

  44. The giraffe has become my son’s animal. Somehow it has just worked out that way. We bought a few animals for his room before he was born, but he was given a number of giraffe things by happenstance. It became his animal once he took to two different giraffes. This big guy would look great in his room!

  45. We love your sections on recipes. Congrats on 1000 and keep the postings coming.

  46. Congratulations! I love the blog and you’ve always managed to keep it fresh, fun and informative. Is it self serving to say my favorite is the Aden and Anais post I contributed to? Or is it greedy to say all the Giveaway blogs (still hoping to win something someday!) Honestly, some of the most resonant are when you are sharing a story about your family.

    Other blogs I enjoy – Healthy Child Healthy World and The Soft Landing – both for healthy family living.

    Wishing you 1000 more blog posts!

  47. I love reading the rock the shot blog. And I enjoyed the Memorial Day Memories post here. Thanks!

  48. Diane Tehranian

    I really enjoyed the blog a while ago in the history of the Maclaren Stoller and your Mother’s Day post. I have also found some of the blogs on feeding helpful. The only other blogs I reguarly read are ones my friends write about their kids. I do like Waterpenny.net but that’s because it is my sister-in-laws blog.

  49. I enjoyed your May 5th post celebrating Sesame Street. Love me some Sesame Street. Some of my favorite blogs are Out of my Mind and Driftwood Ramblings, both ladies are utterly charming. As far as parenting blogs I like Parenting for Dummies and Go Graham Go (special fondness because it is the first blog I ever found).

  50. I love the posts you made about starting the business, and also helpful tips like which apps are good for kids.

    A great blog I read is Free Range Kids, all about teaching your kids independence and confidence.

  51. I love the just for fun post. They really brighten my day.

  52. I like the posts on gear, especially on carseats and strollers. they were very helpful when we were deciding what to buy for our daughter. I enjoy reading Apartment Therapy’s ohdeedoh and Angry Chicken.

  53. This blog is great — as is the store! Happy 1000 blog posts, that’s quite an accomplishment! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  54. Love the posts about the new strollers. I am stroller obsessed. Othe fav blogs are baby gizmo and strollerqueen… For the same reason!

  55. I love to read blogs – on baby/kid gear, on recipes, on crafts – I can’t get enough! My favorites on this blog are the activities – such great ideas to do with the kids!

    Another favorite blog is Life…Your Way – she has great ideas on parenthood, organizing, shopping, and recipes!

  56. I love the recipe posts and posts about new products! I really enjoy reading weelicious, my friend’s blogs, and recently i just got into safemama.

  57. I loved your post on bike helmets, because they are an absolute must! Plus, I totally want them to make that watermelon helmet for adults, I would love to rock that thing!

    I like to read http://www.sweetfloweret.com/, because there are tons of tips on how to make cute creative things on my own. I’m a big fan of DIY.

    Congrats on the 1000, keep em coming.

  58. I loved your recent post about the Melissa & Doug costumes. It was great to see your son dressed up as a chef in all the real life situations. How cute!

    My favorite other kid product related blog that I read is http://www.coolmompicks.com/.

  59. I love the ABC show posts, thanks for the insider news! http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/trade-shows-travels/abc-show-2010/abc-show-day-1-2/
    I also read Rants from Mommyland religiously.

  60. My favorite post from this blog was the Sesame Street post in the Just for Fun category… http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/just-for-fun/celebrating-sesame-street-in-stories-song-and-video/ It brought back so many great memories! My favorite blogs include: Self-Made Mom, Mama-Press, and Mom Goes Green.

  61. I really like the product review posts. One in particular doesn’t have to do with a specific brand, but an object that many of us parents simply do not think to purchase – a helmet. I love the Bike Helmets: A No-Brainer post 🙂 My daughter has fallen off her tricycle many times, and I should have thought to buy her a helmet. I will now.
    My favorite blog (other than this one, of course) is my own blog, Classic Mommy. It’s how I connect with other parents with similar parenting styles, and also offers a way for me to seek advice and to write out memories.

  62. I love the just for fun posts. Always great. I especially liked the one about the Melissa and Doug costumes. Super funny and cute! I get a lot of laughs from the Rants from Mommyland blog. Funny in just the right way. My son would love to have the giraffe you are giving away. Thanks for giving us the chance to win one!

  63. I just discovered your blog and I LOVE IT. I love the reviews and the recipes. I had to go back and read your mothers day post since everyone seemed to really like it, and I can see why, it is so touching and helpful!!

    Other blogs I enjoy are mostly recipe blgs, I love browneyedbaker and picky-palate. But I”m sure I’ll pick up some new ones from this contest – uh oh, as it is I think I’m going to be spending (too much) time on this blog…

    You have the greatest giveaways and I’d love to win!

    Wishing you continued luck on your blog and business!

  64. I think one of my favorite blog posts was when you discussed potty training.. We are right in the beginning stages of potty training, but it really helped me to read what you said about waiting until your child is ready and when YOU are ready too!. I also like to read Babies Gotta Have It for some great ideas on baby products.. Congrats on 1000 posts! This is a wonderful prize.. My daughter would LOVE to win a big “Sophie” 🙂

  65. One of my favorites was the list of 10 fun activities to do with your kids when it’s raining.

  66. Ooops — forgot my favorite blog! I like small notebook.

  67. I like Sheri’s post from January 1, 2011, about resolutions!
    Good at you for taking the blog dare seriously and getting to 1000 posts!
    I routinely make resolutions that I don’t follow through with, and, like you, am old enough to know better! If you can do it, though, then so can I!
    Congrats on 1000 🙂

  68. My favorite blog post was your Mother’s Day post. I like your life perspective.
    I quite like your car seat and stroller sections as I am always hungry for safety. I also like your winter posts as I did not grow up in this climate, so it is a good way to find out how to keep my baby warm.

    My other favorite blogs are
    http://www.eco-novice.com/
    and
    http://greenbabyguide.com/

  69. i love fun post and baby rabies

  70. I love your posts about strollers – especially new models that are coming out since you always have great tidbits about them.

    I also love Centsational Girl’s blog for decorating inspiration. She is so talented!

  71. My favorite post was about rainy day activities for kids. My other favorite blog is weelicious.com a great healthy food recipe site geared towards kids.

  72. LOVE any post about strollers. It’s always such a huge help to me!

    Favorite blog is http://www.dillydallas.blogspot.com by illustrator Dallas Shaw. She finds the most AMAZING things for your home, your closet, and your baby. xo

  73. I loved the one about Sheri stopping nursing her child.

  74. I liked ‘Capturing the Wonder- Turning Stories into Magic’ as I have three boys and storytime is a BIG deal around here!

    I also love to read Cool Mom Picks for the latest and greatest on just about everything. thanks!
    farrah dot ritter at gmail dot com

  75. I look forward to your recipes and reviews…also loved the mothers day post :0)

  76. Two posts stand out to me: 1) Sheri’s post about breastfeeding on Amtrak, and 2) Sheri’s most recent mother’s day post. Very moving.

    Other blogs I really like (aside from this one and http://www.mayyimhayyimblog.com, of course) are Obsessed with Poop… and Other Sh*t: http://www.obsessedwithpoop.com and Just Call Me Chaviva: http://www.kvetchingeditor.com

  77. I like all your blog posts but I’m a huge fan of polka dots (even painted them in my oldest daughter’s room) so I’m a fan of this post: Lots and lots of dots!

    Another funny (yet sometimes crude) blog I like reading for mindless enjoyment is thebloggess.com.

  78. My fav Spilling the Beans blog was “Miles of Smiles”. It totally helped me plan travel for the first time with my little one. Other fav blogs are Gregarious Peach and Weelicious.

  79. i don’t know if i’d call this my favorite but it is the post on your blog that i come back to ALL THE TIME (you’d think i’d have it memorized by now!)–the Magic Bubbles recipe. We make it, use it, and come back for more–been a featured hit at all our birthday parties, too! We love it and are SO happy you shared it with us.

    as for favorite blogs, i’m inspired by lots of crafty kiddo blogs but i really and truly appreciate One Pretty Thing because she combines all the awesome crafts in one stellar blog. Worth a look!

  80. I’m digging back into the archives for my favorite post.. I love the Adventures in Gender Prediction post! As a new mom-to-be who doesn’t know what gender the baby is, I found this post really fun to read (and I’m tempted to try some of the methods!)

  81. Opps, as far as my other favorite blogs to read, I love theartofdoingstuff.com. Karen is hilarious and really creative!

  82. Love the product reviews and the what to do on a rainy day.

  83. I really like the local Boston posts- it’s a great way to learn about what is going on around the city and fun events that are coming up! Other blogs I read include GOOP and InboundThread (a design blog). Thank you for having such great giveaways!

  84. Congratulations!

    I like posts with product reviews. Real, honest product reviews. 🙂

    There are so many blogs that I love, but a daily visit for me is: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/

  85. janhe167@yahoo.com

    I love under general What’s a “magalog” anyway? I love your site in general and very new to it as I found it when i was looking to win somethings for my baby. I havent won anything YET but im faithful on entering and hopeful to win sometime. Thanks for such a great site!

  86. I love the post on “No Rain On Your Parade: 10 ways to have fun indoors.” It’s great to have more ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.

    My fav blogs are notalwaysright.com (fun yet sad), freebies4mom (great deals and advice), and red carpet fashion awards (oh the pretty gowns!)

  87. Joanne Garabedian

    I love your reading your blog.. I especially like reading about all the new products and new strollers that hit the market. I loved reading about when you went to the ABC convention in Vegas.. so exciting! I also like to read Dealectible Mommies for some great bargaining tools.. Keeping my fingers crossed to win this prize! Very exciting! Congrats on 1000 posts!

  88. 5 interesting things about breastfeeding a toddler from last year- i ended up stopping at one year, but because my milk dried up, and at the time I was curious what it would be like to keep going, and it made it seem less strange. one of my other favorite blogs to read is jaybird quilts.com and lizzyhouse.typepad.com, both fabric and quilting blogs.

  89. I love your review posts!

    One of my new favorite blogs is milkfriendly.com

  90. I love the activity posts – we have filled our weekends with great events from your posts!! A list mom is a fun read too.

  91. I love the post about the Magic Bubbles. One of my favorite blogs is STL Mommy. It is a great site with great info on ways to save money.

  92. I love the posts about gear, it’s good to stay up to date with what is out. Another blog I like to read is Mommy Katie http://www.mommykatie.com/

  93. We love Magic Beans! You have a great selection of toys for children of all ages!

  94. Im new to blogging and to magic beans but look forward to having lots of favorite blogs. Congrats on 1000 blogs and I look forward to reading the next 1000.

  95. I love the Just for Fun posts and also thought the one on the Melissa & Doug costumes was a winner! Other great blogs are Boston Mammas and Isis Parenting.

    Congrats on 1000 posts!!

  96. Wow, 1000 posts, congrats! Cheers to you and Magic Beans success. My Family loves reading through tips and tidbits of the blogs. Who knew that “Blog” was the “word of the year” in 2004? Well thanks to your blog, now I know.

    My favorite post has to be the Celebrating Sesame Street in Stories, Songs…and Video. An instant smile came to my face while reading that blog. Sesame Street brings back so many memories and when my kids get older I’m sure they’ll have their own Sesame Street memories to share.

  97. I really liked reading your blog on the types of sun protection for children. I am always confused about what is best to use on my daughter because she has very fair skin. I also like reading Babygadorden.com as well as some other parent blogs.. My daughter would really love this prize! Thank you for such a great giveaway..

  98. Charles Garabedian

    I like to read about your tips for things to do around Boston. We are always looking for new places to take my granddaughter when we babysit. I also read scoopingitup blog.. Congtulations on 1000 posts! We look forward to reading them!

  99. I love the top picks from Boston Central – it always gives us great ideas for things to do. I read tons of other blogs – I really like ecomom, and the bump.

  100. I love the Lucky 7’s post from July 6th about the Magic Beans Anniversary. I really liked it because you recognized your awesome employees who, to me, are the real magic of Magic Beans! The always provide sound, honest advice, and I always feel they are trying to consult with me versus sell me something. Thank YOU Mbeans employees :-).

  101. I ove the posts about new strollers and new gear that coming out. I am stroller fanatic and love to hear about all the innovations. Other favorite blogs are baby gizmo and being pregnant… Happy 1000 post !!!

  102. We love the blogs on gear and safety (sun especially!) and the other blog we enjoy is coolmompicks.com!

  103. I can’t believe this blog is on it’s 1,000 post! I remember the opening of the first store in Brookline when my son was just a baby and keeping up with all the baby and toy news at the stores and the blog for all of those years (and other babies as well).

    Congrats on helping so many people and reaching such a milestone.

  104. Kristel VanBuskirk

    I especially liked your “Quid Pro Quo” post: http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/just-for-fun/quid-pro-quo/ . Definitely make a lot of good points there.

    Another blog I read off and on is “Attack of the Redneck Mommy” : http://www.theredneckmommy.com/about . Tanis Miller is the author. She cracks me up, brings me to tears (of laughter and sentiment), and gives me a reality jolt when I stray too far.

  105. I like all of your health and safety posts, like the recent sun saftey and choosing a sunscreen posts. Other blogs I like to read include: Moopy & Me (www.neststudio.typepad.com) and Soule Mama (www.soulemama.com).

  106. I love the stroller info you post– new innovations I know I can read about here. I especially enjoyed reading about the new Duet which I am so excited about! Other than this blog….. I regularly read the Baby Gizmo blog posts.

  107. My Favorite Post is: http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/books-music/in-the-kitchen-with-dr-seuss/

    I LOVE Dr. Seuss!

    My Favorite blogs are:

    My personal review blog: ChunkyMonkeyBumz: http://chunkymonkeybumz.com
    (I am a Boston Local Blogger (: )

    and

    Life of a Slightly Crunchy SAHM of Drama Queens: http://sahmofdramaqueens.com

  108. I really liked you post on sun safety and choosing the proper sunblock. I learned a lot. I also read Ohdeedoh blog. 🙂

  109. I like the article about guerilla potty training here : http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/baby/toddler-gear/painless-potty-training-readiness-and-chocolate/

    I’m reading up on everybody’s experiences with potty training because we’re starting soon and I want to learn about techniques, pitfalls, and what to expect.

  110. Our favorite post is the Pancakes For All Occasions (http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/just-for-fun/pancakes-for-all-occasions/). We make these almost every weekend and sometimes even mid week (They’re that easy!). Oh, and for you calorie counters, the entire batch is only 1K calories. So spread across two adults with at least 4 put in the fridge for later, they’ll fit in pretty much any diet. Now, the extra butter and real maple syrup … well, that might not fit so well.

    We’ve also shifted to adding a teaspoon or so of good vanilla extract. Or, going a little lighter on the web and beating in an old (super ripe) banana.

    Thanks again – best pancakes ever!

    -Tom

  111. love the health and safety posts – enjoy reading “cheaper than therapy”

  112. I love all your new toy posts, it is a great way to read about great new toys that I would never have known about.
    I love to read healthy cooking blogs, it inspires me to make more recipes of my own.

    Sara
    cookwith5kids.blogspot.com

  113. Loved your Mother’s Day post. I also enjoy reading Motherlode regularly on NYT.com.

  114. We love the things you sell, but we also love giraffes! And we love to read your blog and newsletter. The blog posts I liked are Patriotic Pops, Top Picks from Boston central, Hooray for Hamantaschen and 31 days of giveaways.

    We read several blogs, one is weelicious.com, another kveller.com and a third is commonsensemedia.org

    Thanks!

  115. Adrienne Bireley

    I love the posts on new gear that is coming out. Whether it be strollers or carriers. It’s all great. Seems like everyone is reading baby gizmo. I also like the stuff on parenting.com

  116. I love all of the “Top Picks” posts! Thanks to you and the June 15-20 post the kids and I took a free Boston Harbor Ferry ride out to Georges Island and had a great adventure!

    Two of my favorite blogs are SouleMama http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/ and Kath Eats Real Food http://www.katheats.com/ They keep me inspired and motivated!

    Thanks for all of your sharing and congratulations on this fun milestone!

  117. I love the posts showing your products being used by real kids.

    I am a huge fan of Heavenly Homemaker’s blog. 🙂 Love her sense of humor!

  118. Toy Fair posts are the best! I love seeing the newest toys that need to be added to our family wish list for birthdays and holidays. LoveLoveLove Magic Beans!

    Other blogs I read are not notmartha.org and bakerella.com

  119. I have to admit that I always love a good brownie recipe – and I found one on your blog!! so thank you! I love this blog post (among many others, but this one stands out): http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/recipes/delectable-fudge-brownies/

    one of my favorite blogs is My Springfield Mommy and also Just A Little Creativity and Janey Mac. I love blogs – never enough time to read them! 🙂

  120. I love your product review posts, especially of new items that I haven’t seen yet. I read blogs about tech, kids, food, dieting, exercise, and deals. I go to http://WWW.BLOGHER.COM regularly to find new interesting blogs. Right now I’m into reading http://www.endgadget.com.

  121. 1000 posts and giant giraffes, how did we get so lucky? I just love your blog and look forward to reading the 1001st post.

    My favorite Blog post would have to be “Just for Fun” – No Rain On Your Parade: 10 ways to have fun indoors. That particular post was a gem. Thanks for all the fun ideas.

  122. The blog about coolmompicks.com! I love all the stroller / safety info and sunblock! A lot I wouldn’t. Know without these blogs! I also enjoyed 10 ways to have fun inside .

    Rosiesong@hotmail.com

  123. I really really love the blog “A Holy Experience” – thoughts on living simply. Its such a great reminder in between the “wants” and “I wish”es, that life really is about the ones we experience it with!

  124. The very informative blogs that keep me abreast of things going on in and around Boston as I moved out of Brookline a few years ago. The post about “ban on unfolded strollers on the MBTA” really got my blood pressure up, but thank goodness the new stuff blogs told my about the back/front carrier called a Boba so I bought 2 one for each twin. Now my husband, I and our toddler can still ride the T even if it does pass. Thank you MBeans.

  125. I LOVE the posts about safe habits, and pretty much anything that involves tips for staying healthy and safe. In particular I loved the post Drool Sponsor Spotlight: in praise of Britax. It made me feel comfortable that there are real people who work at that company. Keep on doing what you’re doing – reviewing products and keeping families safe!!

    Blogs I read are: (my own) unapologeticmotherhood.com, babyonbored.com, and STFUparents.com.

    Thanks!!!
    Chelsea

  126. I love all your posts but especially one from the fall on traveling with kids and also your boston local events posts. Aside from MB’s I love the Boston Mama’s blog. http://www.bostonmamas.com/

  127. I just signed up yesterday, but I love all things baby and baby gear! I also love reading the Cotton Babies blog (cloth diaper store in St. Louis).

  128. I liked the Flexibath post 🙂

    My other favorite blogs are YoungHouseLove and ApartmentTherapy (especially OhDeeDoh)!

  129. As the mom of a soon-to-be two year old, I still remember the post on Zev’s second birthday a year ago (http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/general/two/). A number of the parenting posts make me cry! I don’t follow any blogs, but read interesting posts when I see them on Facebook 🙂

  130. Thanks, everyone, for your amazing comments – we have all loved reading about your favorite post, and we also have a loooong list of new blogs to check out now. We have drawn our winner, and she has been notified. Congratulations!

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