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Author Archives: Sheri

A must-have calendar for mom

My own mother is a devoted fan of Sandra Boynton’s “Mom’s Family Calendar”, and though the illustrations are irresistible, it’s the clever layout of this calendar that makes her hunt it down year after year. Instead of the traditional grid layout, this calendar looks more like a chart. There’s a column for each family member (up to five total), and ... Read More »

Radian in living color

When the Radian 80 car seat came out, the color selection was almost comical. There was Manhattan, which was mostly gray, and Supercool, which was entirely gray. But there’s good news for Radian fans who also like colors. They’ve just come out with two new fabric options, Princess and Monaco. Princess (pictured) is obviously geared towards little girls. It is ... Read More »

Automatic Pile It

One of the first games I ever reviewed on Spillingthebeans was Ruckus. This card game has since become a success, thanks to the exceedingly simple and exceptionally fun concept. Dan Levy is the founder of Funstreet Games, and the brain behind Ruckus. Until now, he’s been a one-trick pony, but he’s just released a new game, Pile It. I really ... Read More »

Is it quiet around here or is it just me?

Oh wait. I’m the one who’s supposed to be making the noise. So to speak. I’m so sorry my posts have been so few and far between. It’s an unfortunate combination of factors that are leaving me with very little time to blog. My kids are in camp, which starts earlier in the morning than nursery school did. And since ... Read More »

Britax Regent Product “Update”

I just received an announcement from Britax that they will be offering a free product update kit for all Regent car seats manufactured between November 10, 2005 and June 18, 2007. This kit will “enhance the performance” of the Regent seat. Clearly this is not a recall, but Britax is strongly encouraging consumers to utilize this kit, and is also ... Read More »

A-maze-ing

Let’s talk about marbles for a minute. Marbles are so simple, but they’ve been a cornerstone of playtime for centuries. Set them in motion and you’ve got hours of entertainment. There are countless types of marble run construction toys out there, and many different interpretations. The newest one is Q Ba Maze. This marble construction toy looks like a piece ... Read More »

Fit for a queen

Check out this cute story – the family lives right near my parents. Basically, this family of Belgian descent had their seventh consecutive daughter last month, qualifying their new baby for an obscure 140-year-old Belgian tradition that had her become the goddaughter of the queen. The royal family will pay for the child’s education and she will have twice yearly ... Read More »

Furniture forays

After three years of carrying exclusively Stokke nursery furniture, Magic Beans is branching out. After extensive research, we decided to bring in ducduc, a New York-based line of modern nursery furniture. This was not an easy decision. We’ve been pretty well spoiled by Stokke’s ironclad quality control and quick shipping schedule. If we were going to bring in another option ... Read More »

Just a phone call away

Thanks to grannyg for this tip: There’s a really cool new service for expectant parents. SnappyBaby will deliver news of a new birth via phone and e-mail for you. From what I can see, it seems really simple (they say it’s so easy even a husband can do it. Ouch.) – you call and record a message with all the ... Read More »

A hard day’s work

Sorry for the quiet around here. We’ve been moving the Magic Beans warehouse this week, and let me tell you, that’s been an adventure. We purchased used shelving for the new warehouse, and it arrived in a patently filthy condition. In all our planning and coordination for the move, we had not accounted for 600 shelves that would each need ... Read More »