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How’s your poker face?

At Toy Fair, we picked up a sample of Spy Alley, a game that is not new, but we’d heard great things about it. The reputation is well-deserved – I thought it was a really nice game. Very well thought out and unique, fun to play and appealing to a wide age range. Although it is rated for ages 8 ... Read More »

Strategery in Phoenix

I’m back from my vacation – thanks for bearing with me while I took a break from writing. While we were kicking back in Phoenix, I took the opportunity to do some toy testing with my kids and my family. We are big time game players, a trait that seems to be genetically hardwired, so when my extended family gets ... Read More »

Diaper Duty

These days, diaper bags have a lot of pockets, but even so, I still often have to dig to find exactly what I’m looking for. When I saw the Diaper Bag Organizer set from ORE Originals, I thought it was a pretty bright idea. Basically, it’s a set of four zippered cotton/mesh pouches, each color coded and labeled. There’s one ... Read More »

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 »