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Author Archives: Sheri

Ruined?

I had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday. I slept in, had breakfast brought to me in bed, got cards, flowers and gifts. We spent the early afternoon at the SoWa Open Market and then we broke out the two-wheelers and spent the late afternoon getting the girls ready for summer biking. In the evening, we visited friends for a ... Read More »

What’s really up with the metoo seat?

On Friday, late in the afternoon, I saw a news release from the CPSC that was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Even the headline was unusual: “Consumers Urged To Stop Using phil&teds USA Clip-on Chairs Due To Serious Dangers Posed To Children.” What was this? A recall? A warning? Were ALL metoo chairs affected by this? But the headline ... Read More »

MBTA in Boston considering ban on (unfolded) strollers

Update: It’s no surprise that the moms and dads of Boston would go up in arms over this. The MBTA is now saying they’ll try some other tactics for dealing with this issue. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the information that came out around this was “vague”, “open-ended” and “imprecise” and the MBTA was not actually considering such a ... Read More »

Bugaboo Bee looks good in denim

I’ve noticed something recently. Whenever I meet other parents who, like me, own a Bugaboo Bee, before any words are exchanged, there’s always the same knowing look, a glance that says, “Yes, this stroller is amazing – why don’t more people know about it?” It’s easy to miss the Bee. In general, mid-size strollers are not a very popular category ... Read More »

Drool Baby Expo is coming

Here’s an interesting fact: having a baby is the most demanding consumer research project most people will ever confront. The number of product categories and ┬áthe relatively short time frame lead to a marathon of information gathering that begins with the pink line on the pregnancy test and continues well into toddlerhood. We hear it from expectant parents over and ... Read More »

Nine :o

(Flashback) 4/27/02 After laboring through most of April 26th, 2002, I finally gave birth to my daughter in the wee hours of April 27th, with the assistance of a formidable pair of forceps. I was 25 years old and I didn’t know the first thing about being a mom. I didn’t know enough to be terrified or even amazed when ... Read More »

No Rain On Your Parade: 10 ways to have fun indoors

While we don’t love April Showers, don’t forget: at the end, we get beautiful May Flowers. In the meantime, here are our top 10 suggestions to keep downpours from dampening your fun. Make your own play-doh – kids enjoy the process AND the product. This recipe doesn’t require you to cook the dough, making it more kid-friendly than stovetop versions. ... Read More »

Stokke PramPack: a safer voyage for strollers

The first time we flew with a stroller, it came off the plane broken. I was in LA for a wedding, and I remember frantically canvassing the shops in Beverly Hills to find a replacement — and this was before babies were a must-have celebrity accessory. The first time I flew with a double stroller, we nearly missed our connecting ... Read More »

Quinny Zapp Xtra sparkles

Way back when we were first getting started with Magic Beans, Quinny was this European enigma. Their strollers weren’t available in the USA, so we could only ogle the pictures we saw from overseas and wonder if they were as good as they looked. They eventually crossed the pond, and Quinny has been steadily tweaking their designs to appeal to ... Read More »

Hooray for Hamantaschen

Sunday is Purim, one of my favorite holidays in the Jewish calendar. What’s not to love? We celebrate the victory of good over evil, our kids dress up in costumes, and Eli and I do a puppet show together for the kids in our community. But before the holiday starts, we bake hamantaschen. Hamantaschen are triangular cookies with a tasty ... Read More »