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Author Archives: Sheri

10 reasons to shop locally this holiday

Your dollars spent at Magic Beans and other local businesses have three times as much impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When you shop local, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development. Did you know that small businesses are the largest employer nationally? We ... Read More »

Upcycle your cardboard with makedo

You can recycle a cardboard box. Or you can turn it into a car. A robot. A playhouse. A birdhouse. Or anything else you can imagine. New craft kits from makedo make it really easy to create all kinds of playthings from leftover cardboard. These kits come with a special saw that cuts through cardboard but poses no hazard to ... Read More »

Traveling with kids: Miles of smiles

Traveling with kids always provokes some anxiety, whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth time. Will you be the weary (and despised) parent who can’t get her kid to stop screaming? There are no guarantees, but here are 10 things you can do to stack the odds in your favor. 1. Free your hands. Between airline fees and fears ... Read More »

Moms’ Night Out in Hingham tonight with Chevy

Come out tonight and hang with me and Annie Stow at Best Chevrolet in Hingham. It’s a Moms’ Night Out event that promises fun, prizes and cool cars. They’ll have valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, many amazing raffle prizes, Traverse test-drives, Spafinder gift cards and members of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel there to answer your questions about visiting Disney ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »