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Hello, Bugaboo Donkey

Update: 9/30/2011: The Bugaboo Donkey Stroller is now in stock and available for purchase at Magic Beans! Free Shipping on all configurations! Bugaboo today unveiled their new double stroller, the Bugaboo Donkey. I have to confess, I did see the Donkey when I was in Amsterdam in April, but I was bound by a non-disclosure agreement. However, with the debut ... Read More »

What a Way-ne to Celebrate!

Wayne Potash is a local children’s musician who was kind-hearted enough to perform in our Cambridge store earlier this summer. He was a hit with the kids and the parents. We love that Wayne not only plays the guitar, but he also plays fun instruments like the banjo and the ukulele. He likes incorporating things like scarves, puppets, parachutes into his ... Read More »

Life is good Festival + an interview with John Jacobs

We are less than a week away from the upcoming Life is good Festival at Blue Hills, and this past Friday I had a chance to chat with John Jacobs, co-founder, and Chief Creative Optimist at Life is good. He’s also the father of two (a newborn and a toddler) and a Magic Beans customer. I was excited about the ... Read More »

Preparing for Labor Day

When I was pregnant for the first time, Eli and I took an amazing class in the Bradley method of childbirth. Our teacher hosted a class reunion for all her students every year on Labor Day. Get it? Labor Day? Labor? I’d never thought of it that way before, but I loved it. Labor Day isn’t exactly fraught with meaning ... Read More »

Lunch and Learn

I love to cook, but I take my sweet time in the kitchen. I follow recipes assiduously and require at least an hour or two to churn out a meal. Eli also loves to cook, but he’s like an over-caffeinated Rachel Ray. He can make an entire dinner in 30 minutes – including the trip to the grocery store. When ... Read More »

The Cure for Back-to-School Jitters

Back-to-school preparations always gave me the jitters, as the usual anxieties took hold. Would I make new friends? Would I like my teachers? Luckily, the process of getting my brand new pencils and sneakers provided some real comfort – it made me feel ready. It was also fun to have a few new things to start the year off in ... Read More »

Mom to mom: Preparing for baby

This week on Facebook, we asked people what they wished they had known when they were expecting their first baby. We were amazed by the great tips you guys shared. I have compiled some of them into a list (with some editorial license). Enjoy! When it comes to baby gear, you usually do get what you pay for. Invest in ... Read More »

Tax Free Holiday this weekend

Let the shopping begin! This weekend Massachusetts is bringing back the Tax Free Holiday – a weekend with no sales tax on any item under $2500. This is good news for consumers looking to support local businesses and save some money at the same time. The 6.25% savings is a pretty nice gift from the Commonwealth. If you’re trying to ... Read More »

On maternity leave

Oh, press. Why is it no good deed goes unpunished? On Tuesday, in the middle of a totally crazy day, a reporter reached out to talk to me about my feelings on the maternity leave ruling that happened on Monday in MA. I gathered my thoughts, dropped everything and spoke to the reporter, hoping that I was able to clearly ... Read More »

Thinking Putty

Hi, Theo here. I’m the Toy Guru at our Brookline store. This is my first blog post, and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite toys and games with you. I remember going to the toy store when I was little, determined not to leave empty handed. With only a little allowance change jingling in my pocket, the ... Read More »