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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 »

Bananagrams Split

No, it’s not a stuffed banana. Bananagrams is a great new word game that’s sort of a takeoff on Scrabble. Players are “dealt” a predetermined number of letter tiles, and then each player uses his/her letters to create a personal assortment of intersecting words. As the letters dealt get used, more letters are taken from the pile, and when the ... Read More »

MySpace for Moms?

I found a great new website yesterday – mayasmom.com. It’s a web2.0 social networking site that’s geared towards parents (not just moms, actually), and it’s very well done. Easy to use and extremely rich with features. It’s new, but growing, and the community is amazingly warm and welcoming. With a bit more time, this could become an extraordinary resource. Check ... Read More »

The magic of Magna-Tiles

Magna-Tiles are not exactly new. In fact, they’ve been around for a while, and we’ve had them in the store since right before the holidays. But I’m starting to think they’re one of the best kept secrets in the world of toys. I’d heard rumblings about Magna-Tiles, but I wasn’t sure what the hoopla was all about. It’s a bunch ... Read More »