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It’s a Drool Twitter Party!

We’re counting down the final days before Drool. The floorplan is set. The vendor list is beyond our wildest dreams. The gift bags are outrageous. The raffle prizes are amazing. Every detail is falling into place. So now it’s time to kick back and have some fun. Join us this Sunday night (Mother’s Day!!) as we bring the spirit of ... Read More »

Drool Sponsor Spotlight: Have A Happy Little Stroll with BOB

There are many Bobs in the world who make us happy: Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Bob Hope, Bob Barker, Bob the Builder, Sideshow Bob. And who could forget Bob Ross, the landscape painter known for his happy little trees? But our very favorite Bob is the BOB Revolution SE stroller, made by BOB Strollers. BOB all-terrain strollers are made to ... Read More »

Drool Sponsor Spotlight: Don’t “B” Left Behind

What does “B” stand for? In traditional alphabet books, “B” is usually represented by a Bird, or a Butterfly, or a Bee. In a tongue-in-cheek “alphabet book for the middle-aged,” B is for Botox. In Edward Gorey’s famous Gashlycrumb Tinies, “B is for Basil, assaulted by bears.” And in our abecedary* of baby gear, “B” is often for Britax, the ... Read More »

Drool Sponsor Spotlight: Mixing It Up With Ergo and Orbit

Ergo Baby Carrier in Galaxy

In the era of mashups, it’s no surprise that some of our favorite baby brands are combining forces to produce gear that’s twice as useful, twice as stylish, twice as nice! ERGObaby and Orbit Baby have joined forces in a partnership that we’re hoping will result in even cooler products. You’re probably already familiar with these brands, but here’s a ... Read More »

5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Drool – and a giveaway, too!

In just eight days, Magic Beans will be presenting the second annual Drool Baby Expo in Boston. Drool is a one-night extravaganza for parents, featuring many of the best brands in the baby biz. It’s a rare opportunity to interact one-on-one with the people behind the products, get in-depth demonstrations, and have great conversations. If you’re pregnant, a newly-minted parent, ... Read More »

Ten

I’m sitting at my desk typing this post almost exactly 10 years to the minute after giving birth to my first child. She came into the world, reluctantly and with the help of a pair of forceps, at 1:57am on April 27th, 2002. It seems cliche to say that everything changed after that moment, but of course it’s true. I ... Read More »

Sesame Street is coming to town!

Is Elmo a rock star in your house? If so, you and your kids will not want to miss out on Sesame Street Live this weekend in Boston. The show, entitled 1-2-3 Imagine features all your favorite characters from Sesame Street – Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, Abby Cadabby and — yes — Elmo too. There’s singing, there’s ... Read More »

Skip*Hop Zoo Luggage is fun on wheels

When I first saw the prototype for the Skip*Hop Zoo Luggage at Toy Fair, I’m pretty sure I actually squealed. It’s really hard to find nice, kid-scale luggage, and traveling tots love having their own suitcase to tow around. You can always count on the folks at Skip*Hop to spot a parent problem and figure out a clever solution. Their Zoo ... Read More »

The rainbow cake connection

So of course my daughter found her birthday cake on Pinterest this year. Seems appropriate, right? She was looking over my shoulder one day and two months later, when I asked if she wanted anything in particular for her birthday cake, she didn’t hesitate. “The rainbow cake!” I started researching recipes. I quickly found one from Whisk Kid, whose gorgeous ... Read More »

Sage Spoonfuls debuts at Magic Beans

When I first heard about Sage Spoonfuls (from the lovely Jamie Grayson), I was intrigued. And a little skeptical, too. There are a lot of interesting products out there for making homemade baby food. What made this one so special? But then I met Liza and saw the products in person, and I was very impressed. Liza, who is actress ... Read More »