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What’s a “magalog” anyway?

It didn’t take more than a couple of weeks after we opened the first Magic Beans store for the first customer to ask for our catalog. A catalog!? We had a garage full of Legos and a basement full of Maclaren strollers. We definitely did not have a catalog. Fast forward a couple of years later, and the idea no ... Read More »

Face Painting with Jill!

Halloween is coming. Are you going to be using face paint to put the finishing touches on your child’s costume? Let us give you a hand with that. This Thursday, Oct. 28th, Magic Beans is hosting a pre-Halloween party for parents (we’re calling it Night of the Living Beans). We’ve invited Boston-based face painter Jill Reed, of Baja Face Painting, ... Read More »

Sharing the love – your Labor Day advice

This past Labor Day we asked you all to give us your personal “Labor Day” advice. We were inundated with great responses and it took a while to figure out the best way to compile it all. Eventually, we decided to organize the tips by the three stages of labor – before, during and after. Before: What to pack: iPod ... Read More »

What’s sprouting in Boston this weekend

Brought to you by Kim Foley MacKinnon, author of Boston Baby: A Field Guide for Urban Parents and editor of TheSavvyFactory.com Friday, October 22 – Annie The sun will come out tomorrow for everyone’s favorite orphan in this classic musical. Wheelock opens its 30th season with this heartwarming tale based on the comic strip. If your child has never seen the show ... Read More »

Orbit Baby G2 Upgrade Program

Orbit Baby launched their new Sidekick at the ABC Show, perfect for parents who bought into the Orbit Baby system with their first child and are now expecting baby #2. Their innovative wheeled board design looks more like a skateboard than a traditional wheeled board, and it sits over to one side, creating less interference with the parent pushing the ... Read More »

ABC Show 2010 over and out

A few days of recovery have passed since the ABC Show ended, but I’m still working on debriefing and recapping. This year, Eli and I decided to skip the last day of the show to get home a day sooner. We’d left all three kids with my mother-in-law, who was holding down the fort magnificently, but was nonetheless visibly relieved ... Read More »

What happens in Vegas

Trade shows are always exhausting, but this one was exceptionally so. For the first time ever, I decided to skip the last day of the show so I could get home a day sooner. The trade-off was an accelerated trip with very little time for leisure. Here’s a snapshot of my last 24 hours in Vegas. 6am: Wake up. Finish ... Read More »

ABC Show – Day 2

I started the second day of the show by finishing up the last couple of rows in the downstairs exhibit hall. My favorite stop was at the Bumble Collection where I got to see my wonderful friends Jennie Lynn and her husband Sal. I also got to scope out their beautiful diaper bags and accessories, which just keep getting better ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy Duet stroller

UPDATE: We have the Mountain Buggy Duet! Purchase your Mountain Buggy Duet stroller at Magic Beans. I’ve been a fan of the Mountain Buggy Swift since my sister became the first mom in North America to own one at the ABC Show in 2008. Since then, we’ve asked Mountain Buggy over and over again about a double version, and our ... Read More »

UPPAbaby Cruz preview

UPDATE: We are now taking pre-orders for the UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller. It will be available to ship in September. The UPPAbaby Vista has been wildly successful over the past few years, and there’s been lots of speculation about what UPPAbaby would come out with next. Today I got a sneak peek at their newest project, the Cruz. The Cruz stroller ... Read More »