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Spectrangle: strategy at its best.

This game caught my attention from the moment I saw it, because of its unique triangular packaging. When I read the basic premise of the game, I was impressed and brought one home to try it out. My fiance agreed to play a round with me, and some intense competition ensued. It was incredibly fun and engaging, even for adults. ... Read More »

Hunting for treasure?

Between the Da Vinci Code and the Pirates of the Carribean, treasure hunting is officially in vogue. You can aim high, by trying to scoop the treasure out from under the teams of NBC’s new reality show, Treasure Hunters, or you can join the hunt for a buried Volvo XC90 (an excellent family car, if you can find it). Or ... Read More »

If they’re Not Bloks, what are they?

We’ve just received our first shipment of Not Bloks, a new mega-size construction toy that looks like a lot of fun. Inspired by cardboard box play, these are big sheets of corrugated plastic, and they attach using velcro to form large structures, like playhouses, tunnels, rocket ships, etc. I like that they’re so open-ended, and that they will engage parents ... Read More »

We’re two!

Tomorrow marks two years since we first opened our doors in Brookline. We’re celebrating for the next ten days, culminating in the annual Coolidge Corner Sidewalk Sale, where we will be following our tradition of offering amazing deals on open-box, refurbished and floor model strollers. We have over 50 strollers going on sale, and as soon as our list is ... Read More »

Giddy-up, Saddlebags

I’m sure everyone is very tired of listening to me extoll the virtues of the folks at Skip Hop. But they’ve done it again. They’ve designed another elegant storage solution for stroller-pushing parents that is destined for greatness. The new Saddlebag is just what it sounds like – a saddlebag for a stroller. Using a clever, patent-pending velcro strap system, ... Read More »

What’s hot? Flying monkeys, of course.

What do you get when you cross a stuffed monkey with a slingshot and add some good sound effects? Evidently a hit. The new Flingshot Monkey from California Creations is flying off shelves across the country (pun intented), and kids are hooked. We’ve jumped on the bandwagon and stocked up on these creative novelties. Basically, you stick your fingers into ... Read More »

A-list contest ends today

We’ve had a lot of fun with the CBS A-list contest over the past month, and before they hid the voting results a couple of weeks ago, we were leading by a slim margin. But today is the last day of voting, so if you haven’t already logged a vote, please take a moment and do so. Clicking here will ... Read More »

Hey, we’re (almost) famous!

Check out the new issue of US Weekly, with Tori Spelling on the cover, and you’ll find a great spread on page 82 about celebrity strollers. We’re very excited to be listed as sources for both the Orbit Infant System and the new Silver Cross Micro v2. They also mention the Stokke Xplory, which apparently Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ... Read More »

Do you know a happy camper?

If you’ve just sent off a kid to sleepaway camp for the summer, chances are you’ll also be sending off a care package or two (or three…) in the next couple of months. We just launched a new section of mbeans.com where parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can quickly and easily send a food-free care package to any camp ... Read More »

My backyard friends: The Backyardigans

If you haven’t heard of them already, chances are you will soon. The Backyardigans are slowly taking the preschool world by storm, and for good reason. I’m not a big fan of putting my kids in front of the TV, but my 4-year old seems to really need the downtime every now and then, so I concede. A couple of ... Read More »