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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 »

Stroller Cleaning Tips

Exclusive offer today from Magic Beans! Email specialoffer@mbeans.com to claim yours. Act now! Spring is a symbolic time for rebirth. The sun shines, the flowers bloom, the snow melts (well, not this year), and it feels like a fresh start. Maybe that explains why spring cleaning is such a popular ritual. Gleaming surfaces and uncluttered corners contribute to that “clean ... Read More »

Pack it all in

Traveling with children is always an adventure, but one of the biggest challenges is just getting everything packed and ready to go. There are so many things you need to bring along to make sure everyone is comfortable while away from home. Over the  years, I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter if you’re going away for a weekend or two ... Read More »

Toy Fair “Best in Show”

It’s always fun when Toy Fair coincides with the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, since the cast of characters in New York City gets even more interesting (remember the movie Best in Show?). This year, the winning pooch even made a surprise appearance at Toy Fair. Inspired by my encounter with Malachy the Pekingese (who I may or may not ... Read More »

Toy Fair Trends, 2012

Discovering new games is always a delight at Toy Fair, but my favorite game is a very old one: trendspotting! There are always running themes that pop up each year, and it’s fun to see how each manufacturer puts its own unique spin on a hot trend. Here are a few themes that we saw everywhere at the fair: 1) ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day “Semi-Healthy” Treats

Here at Magic Beans, we’re committed to going a little healthier this year. But we can’t give up sweets entirely on this sweetest of holidays, so we decided to share one of our favorite V-day recipes — because it’s fruit! Well, it’s mostly fruit. And fruit is always healthy, whether it’s smothered in chocolate or not. Ingredients: – 1 bag ... Read More »

Soup or bowl? Great soup & chili recipes

The food traditions of Super Bowl Sunday are almost as enticing for me as the game itself. We make all kinds of fun treats each year, including both new recipes and old favorites. Soups and chili are always part of the menu, though. Here are three of my family’s favorite recipes, all of them healthy, low-fat, and quick to make. ... Read More »

Game day diversions for kids

The first time I watched the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl was 10 years ago. I was pregnant with our first child, and we were living in downtown Boston. Adam Vinatieri pulled off that improbable 48 yard field goal kick and just like that, the Pats claimed the team’s first Super Bowl title EVER. Eli and I took ... Read More »

Grand Opening Giveaway!

Every new store deserves a Grand Opening, and we’re extra excited about our newest store, at The Shops at the Prudential Center! Tomorrow, we’re going to celebrate our Boston store with a Kazoo Flash Mob, a visit from Elmo, free treats from Pinkberry, a concert with Vanessa Trien, and over $2,000 worth of great raffle prizes! If you’re not able ... Read More »

Kazoo Flash Mob?!

We wanted to find a BIG way to celebrate the opening of our fifth store. After all, it is in The Shops at Prudential Center, one of downtown Boston’s swankiest addresses. Ever since I was a college student in Boston, I’ve loved walking through the shopper’s paradise that is the Copley-Pru complex. When we opened our first store in Coolidge Corner, ... Read More »