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Day 5: Boon Flair High Chair

If we didn’t know how practical and functional the Boon Flair High Chair is, we would still be ooohing and aaahing over its appearance. So shiny, so modern, and look at those yummy colors! But like any product from Boon Inc., the Flair combines delightful form with down-to-earth function. The unusual, graceful pedestal contains a pneumatic lift that makes adjusting ... Read More »

Day 4: Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat

Just how comfortable is a Recaro car seat? They have a fine worldwide reputation for safety and comfort, it’s true, and the plushy fabric on the Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat feels wonderful. The seat’s CoolMesh Air Ventilation insert keeps things breezy on hot days, and of course, we all feel more comfortable knowing that the baby is safe: the ... Read More »

Day 3: Perfect Picnic Pair

Growing up in New York City, picnics were a rare event. But when they happened, oh my goodness. Once a year, Wave Hill, a local public garden, would allow picnicking, weather permitting. On the years when the weather permitted, my mom would cook up a storm. We’d watch the sun set over the Hudson River and feast on salads, sandwiches ... Read More »

Day 2: Deuter Kid Comfort I Carrier

Hiking with babies is a great way to get exercise, bond with your child, and introduce them to nature. With a light beginner’s pack like the Deuter Kid Comfort I, you can burn off some cabin fever with your baby on board: it has plenty of storage for diapers, snacks, bottles, and water, and plenty of padding to keep you ... Read More »

Hiking with your baby: what you need to know

Hiking as a family can be a really fun, rewarding and healthy activity. But if you’re a novice hiker, it’s important to spend some time preparing before bringing babies and kids out on the trail. Here are a few things you’ll want to think about before you set out for a hiking adventure with your baby. To select a site, ... Read More »

Day 1: Bugaboo Bee

Assembling the 31 Days of Giveaways has always been a fun process. But my favorite ritual each year is organizing the schedule. The big whiteboard in my office is converted into a giant calendar of  July, and we sit around for a few hours trying to get all of the amazing prizes assigned to a date. The hardest part? The ... Read More »

Patriotic pops

I got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker from my sister and brother-in-law this past holiday season, and now that the weather’s warm I’m having waaaay too much fun with it. If you’ve never seen the Zoku, basically it’s this little box that stays in the freezer. When you’re in the mood for an ice pop, pull it out, insert a ... Read More »

Smart Storage for Stuffed Friends

If you’ve got kids, chances are you’ve got a menagerie of stuffed animals too. Most children have an almost magnetic attraction to stuffed animals. There’s just something about those cute, fuzzy faces that kids (and gift-giving relatives) can’t resist. And while a select few might make for snuggly bedfellows and cute room accents, they can easily get out of hand. ... Read More »

Capturing The Wonder: Turning Stories Into Magic!

by Matt Roberts, Professional Magician There are few things more exciting in life than seeing wonder in a child’s eyes.  As a full-time professional magician, I get to see that wonder every day as I look into the audience at parties, family events and my school fundraising shows throughout the Boston area. A great magic trick is like a great ... Read More »

Quid Pro Quo

This past week, on the Magic Beans Facebook page, we asked people what funny sayings they’d learned from their fathers. We had lots of great responses, but one stood out to me. An old friend of mine (and Eli’s) from high school responded with “Quid pro quo.” This struck me because “quid pro quo” is something Eli talks about a ... Read More »