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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 »

ABC Show Day 1

Today I managed to get through almost the entire first floor of the show – no small feat. I have a few items to call out individually, but here are some overall impressions. Plum – I saw this color over and over on the strollers and car seats today, and I liked it a lot. Mid-size strollers – they’re back ... Read More »

5th Blogiversary Giveaway

In honor of the 5th “blogiversary” of Spilling the Beans, we’re giving away a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair in purple – their newest color. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past five years, you probably know that the Tripp Trapp is one of my all-time favorite products. I don’t think any other baby product offers the same combination ... Read More »

5 years of blogging

It’s an odd coincidence that this weekend marks both the 5th anniversary of the day I started this blog and also the start of the annual ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas. This year marks the last installment of this venerable show before it relocates to more genteel digs in Louisville, KY, and it feels like the end of an ... Read More »

Vanessa Trien’s Carnival Beat

Like many of the moms here in Brookline, I have a minor obsession with Vanessa Trien. It’s not just because she’s an incredible musician who has followed her dreams and released two outstanding albums for children. It’s not just because she has a beautiful smile and a wonderful way with kids. It’s not just because she’s a warm, kind and ... Read More »

10 reasons to get your car seat checked

NHTSA estimates that 3 out of 4 parents are using their car seats incorrectly. There are lots of different seat belts and they all work in different ways. To get a tight fit takes some practice and expertise. The angle of the car seat is important, and sometimes it takes a lot of work (and a cut-up pool noodle) to ... Read More »

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 »