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Author Archives: Sheri

Retro Cool

Look what’s back! The Snoopy Sno Cone Maker has been rereleased by Sababa Toys, and it’s exactly the product you and I remember so fondly. Originally released in 1979, this was a runaway bestseller and a summer fixture in millions of homes (mine included). If you never had one, basically you pop some ice cubes into a compartment at the ... Read More »

Girls around the world

At Toy Fair in February, I mentioned a new line of dolls by a company called Karito Kids. I was struck by how beautiful they were, and I loved the charitable tie-in that gave kids the opportunity to use the Internet to help other kids across the world. Now, finally, these dolls are in stock. There are five dolls in ... Read More »

Fisher Price Recall

I know, I know. I’m late on this one. I nearly had a panic attack at the gym last night when I saw CNN reporting on nearly a million recalled toys. I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard it was Fisher Price, which we don’t sell in the store. But then I realized that my kids have Fisher ... Read More »

Tax Free Holiday is On!

Governor Patrick has signed the bill approving the annual sales tax holiday weekend on August 11-12. This is the fourth summer in a row that Massachusetts has done this, and it’s a great time to buy all sorts of things. Put the date on your calendar, and if you’re in the area come by Magic Beans. Or if you want ... Read More »

Third one’s a charm…

What a summer this has been for Magic Beans! First, we won the A-List award for Best Children’s Gift Store, then we received the Reader’s Choice award for Best Toy Store in our region from the Community News Corperation. Yesterday, we were given the prestigious Best of Boston award from Boston Magazine for Best Baby Gear Store. And – they ... Read More »

Reel life lessons

What follows is a bit off topic, but I thought it was worth sharing. If you’re only here for the scoop on products, move on to the next post. Read More »

Move over, alphabet

When I was growing up, my family had a summer home on Cape Cod. The house had a dining room, but there was plenty of room to eat in the kitchen. So the dining room instead served as a playroom for my (much) younger sister. The centerpiece of the room was a set of interlocking foam tiles with cut-out letters ... Read More »

No time to cook?

Mark Bittman is one of my favorite cookbook authors. His “How to Cook Everything” is my go-to kitchen bible, and I highly recommend it, especially for beginners. Bittman hangs his hat on simplicity, which is particularly helpful for busy parents who are trying to put a nice dinner on the table a few times a week. Last week, The New ... Read More »

Zapps are here!

Our first shipment of Quinny Zapp strollers just arrived. We’ve got one in our office, and we’re playing with it extensively today. Initial impressions are very good – it folds down nearly to the size of an umbrella, and it handles really beautifully, even with the modified design (two wheels in front versus one). Downsides include the teeny tiny basket, ... Read More »

The party-which-must-not-be-named

Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably already know that the 7th Harry Potter book will ago on sale at midnight on Friday night. If you’re local to Boston, I hope you’ll come to Coolidge Corner for Potterpalooza. Unfortunately, due to a bit of a fracas with Warner Bros, I can’t say too much about the event here, but ... Read More »