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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 »

Bike helmets: a no-brainer

I don’t usually get preachy here, but this is important, so bear with me a for a minute. Last week, my friend stopped by to take the kids out for a bike ride – his son is close friends with my oldest daughter. I was appalled to see that, while his son was outfitted in a helmet, my friend was ... Read More »

OXO Tot Sprout High Chair debuts

We’ve just received our first shipment of the new Sprout High Chair from OXO Tot, and there’s a lot to love about this chair. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair. And while the Sprout doesn’t quite measure up to the iconic simplicity of the ... Read More »

Acknowledgements

For anyone who was at the Seaport Hotel on Tuesday night, hopefully you experienced the same thing I did — the beginning of something really special. The event exceeded all my expectations in almost every dimension. All of the vendors put so much time and thought into their displays — the room looked so amazing, and packed with interesting things ... Read More »