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Say it with a French accent

The newest game from Blue Orange has just arrived. It’s Froggy Boogie, a memory game for ages 4 and up. The idea is simple – move the baby frogs around the lily pads without being seen by the adult frogs in the middle of the pond. Here’s where the game gets a bit bizarre: the memory component of the game ... Read More »

A true story…

We’ve just arrived in Phoenix for a family vacation, and I reserved a rental car, along with a booster seat. I did not need to reserve a convertible seat for my younger daughter, since we were bringing our Radian on the plane. When I reserved the booster seat, I asked the agent to please ask the local office to call ... Read More »

Hours and hours of fun

Just in time for April Fool’s Day, here’s a site any parent could love. By way of Goodyblog.com, I came across the new Warning Label Generator. Choose your icons and enter your text, then click a button and you’ve got yourself a genuine warning label ready for printing and, if you’re so inclined, lamination. Have fun. Read More »

Techno of many colors

Simplicity is a beautiful thing. After years of offering their flagship Techno stroller in an array of different colors, this year Maclaren got smart. Last year, there were three versions of the Techno: the Classic, the XLR and the XT, and there were so many color combinations, it would make your head spin. Now they’ve cut back substantially. The Classic ... Read More »

The Ultimate Egg Hunt is on

FYI – Magic Beans is running an Ultimate Egg Hunt right now, and the grand prize is a $100 shopping spree. There’s one ultimate egg, well-hidden in the Coolidge Corner area. To find it, junior treasure hunters need to follow a series of clues. The first clue is in the store, and children can stop by and pick it up ... Read More »

What’s with this fairy?

When the binky fairy came a few weeks ago, you may recall that she left my daughter a fairy doll. This doll has quickly become a beloved companion. Today, this same little girl turned 3. Yesterday, my mother-in-law brought her to Magic Beans to choose a birthday present, and don’t you know? She came home with another fairy doll, identical ... Read More »

Triple Threat?

Skip Hop has recently introduced their newest innovation, bottle bags. Lined with Thinsulate, and wrapped in classic Skip Hop canvas colors, the bottle bags are an infinitely useful addition to the line. It comes in two sizes, the single and triple. The Triple Bottle Bag actually doubles as an outstanding lunch bag. I got a sample a few weeks ago, ... Read More »

Quinny Countdown

Because inquiring minds want to know… We’ve gotten some projected ship dates from Dorel for Quinny and Maxi Cosi. From what we’re hearing, the Quinny Buzz will arrive in May, the Maxi Cosi car seats will arrive in mid-June and the Quinny Zapp should be here in July. Read More »

Bedlam time

Get excited. The Bedlam Puzzle is a 3D puzzle that has taken the UK by storm. It’s basically 13 oddly shaped pieces that fit into a square box. There are, in fact, over 19,186 different ways to make them fit into a perfect square. But there are so many possible combinations that it’s actually incredibly challenging to find even a ... Read More »

Consumer Reports: Mea Culpa

For a company that can be pretty harsh on lots of other companies, it’s interesting to see that Consumer Reports is judging itself under the same high standards. They’ve just issued an article about how they botched the car seat testing. It’s an interesting read – check it out. Read More »