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Birthday Blitz

Happy 5th birthday, Magic Beans. Today, for the 7th day of our 31 Days of Giveaways celebration, we’re going overboard. Instead of giving away just one item, we’re giving away 8. Why 8 and not 5? After all, it is our 5th birthday. But we couldn’t choose just 5, so we decided to screw the symbolism; the more the merrier. ... Read More »

Remembering the first 5 years

It’s crazy to think that tomorrow, 5 years will have passed since the humid Wednesday night in July when, after months of preparation, we quietly opened the doors to our new store on Harvard Street in Brookline. I still remember the anxiety – like we were throwing a party, but wasn’t sure if anyone would come. We turned up the ... Read More »

Day 6 – Radian XT Car Seat

The first time I saw a Radian car seat demonstration was in the parking lot behind our store in Brookline. Russ Berger, one of the owners of Sunshine Kids had come to show it to us, way back in 2005. It was a cold and drizzly day, and if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic. I thought the ... Read More »

Day 5 – Okiedog Fropper

When the Fropper made its debut last year, it was an instant hit – and why wouldn’t it be? It combines two activities toddlers love most – bouncing and rolling. The sturdy, wide handlebars provide plenty of leverage for bobbing up and down on the springy, bi-level seat, while the smooth-riding wheels glide along the floor without leaving marks. A ... Read More »

Day 4 – Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen

Step2 is one of the newest members of the Magic Beans family, but we’ve been ogling their products for a long time. It’s not exactly surprising, but a lot of social conversations with our friends (especially those who are parents) eventually come around to Magic Beans and the fun task of product selection. We hear a lot of feedback about ... Read More »

Day 3 – Baby Jogger City Mini Single

I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on the Baby Jogger City Mini stroller at the end of an exhausting ABC show in Las Vegas. I knew right away and without question that it was a slam dunk. Since that day, I’ve tried many times to channel the feeling of total confidence I felt looking at that product, ... Read More »

Day 2 – Beaba Babycook

The new Beaba Babycook has been on my blog to-do list for months, literally. But we haven’t been able to keep it in stock long enough to write about it. Now, finally, supply is catching up with demand. Well, almost. But today, you can win one for free. The Babycook is our Day 2 Giveaway for our 31 Days of ... Read More »

Day 1 – Chicco Keyfit 30

To kick off our 31 Days of Giveaways, we wanted something really special. The Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat has an interesting history with Magic Beans. The first time we ever saw a demonstration of that seat, we were amazed. The engineering of the base is ingenious, and it is designed to be nearly foolproof to install. But in spite ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways starts tomorrow

We wanted to come up with something BIG to celebrate our 5th birthday this year. So when Eli had the idea of doing a giveaway every day during July, we thought that sounded just perfect. We reached out to our favorite vendors and we were overwhelmed by their response. We have an astonishing group of products lined up, and a ... Read More »

Is that a tray for a Stokke Tripp Trapp??

Why yes, it is. For about as long as the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair has been in existence, American parents have been begging for a tray. Stokke has resisted, saying that the whole point of a Tripp Trapp is to bring children right up to the table, and adding tray would have the opposite effect. So we have dodged, swept, ... Read More »