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#2012 Mom-Resolutions

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Some years I’m not so into New Year’s resolutions, but for some reason, I’m really feeling the promise of a fresh start in 2012. Mom-guilt is a part of life for most moms, especially working moms, and this is the time of year when it’s easiest to parlay some of that guilt into action items. I can do better next ... Read More »

Craft kits for a chilly weekend

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If you’ve been enjoying a staycation this week while the kids are out of school, chances are you’re looking for activities to keep them busy as this (or any) weekend approaches. Craft kits are a perfect way to pass the time, especially when it’s cold outside. Here are five of my recent favorites, and all but the last one are ... Read More »

Jelly donut… cupcakes!

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Chanukah is notable for many reasons, but the tradition of eating fried foods is both wonderful and unfortunate. On one hand, there’s nothing more delicious than hot potato latkes with cold sour cream and apple sauce. On the other hand, it’ll take a lot of hours on the treadmill to offset the impact of that treat. As if the potato ... Read More »

Santa, baby: 10 tips for a “nice” Santa experience

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Even though I am Jewish, and Santa never came to my home as a child, I still have quite a bit of reverence for jolly old St. Nick. Which is why I really look forward to his annual trip to Magic Beans (a tradition that goes back to 2006). When we first set out to recruit Santa, we were adamant ... Read More »

Meet Maisy and support a great cause

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Magic Beans is very proud to be partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Candlewick Press for a wonderful event this coming Monday, December 5 from 1-3pm. Bring your children over to the food court at The Shops at Prudential to meet Maisy and enjoy hearing some of Maisy’s favorite adventures read aloud in a cozy ... Read More »

Magic Beans on the Today Show

Well, we’re all still catching our breath around here from the excitement of this morning. Our friend Jamie Grayson, AKA The Baby Guy, made his debut on the Today Show with Ann Curry, talking about Cyber Monday deals and highlighting Magic Beans. I could try to play it cool, but what’s the point? It was completely awesome. Our website even ... Read More »

Operation Santa – Massachusetts

Army Navy Luncheon to support families of our National Guard and Reserves

  Want to have some family football fun, and raise some money for a good cause, too? On Saturday, December 10, the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation will be hosting its eighth annual Army-Navy football luncheon to support Operation Santa of Massachusetts. The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation raises money for organizations that provide services for veterans, current U.S. military troops, and ... Read More »

Magic Beans Thanksgiving Recipes

We know that the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are built around food traditions. We asked our staff to submit their favorite family recipes, beyond turkey and stuffing. We hope you enjoy and we would love for you to share one of your favorites in the comments. Happy cooking! Tewksbury Tweets Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa 1 stick butter 1/2 cup milk ... Read More »

The biggest meal of all

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If your family is anything like mine, getting the kids to sit down for a multi-course meal on any day of the week is a Herculean task. But on Thanksgiving, the kids are in the spotlight and the out-of-town relatives are hoping to get lots of face time with their long-lost cutie-pies. As proud parents, we hope our kids will ... Read More »