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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 »

Older = Wiser

Just found this tidbit on Boston.com. Apparently, a group of Norwegian scientists conducted a massive study about birth order and IQ, and guess what they discovered? Older children are smarter than their younger siblings by an average of 2.3 IQ points. According to the study, the cause is nurture, not nature (parents less distracted, perhaps?). There’s some debate about how ... Read More »

Quinny Newsflash

Good news and bad news. The good news is that Dorel has made some nice improvements to the US version of the Zapp. They’ve adjusted some of the functional design and they’ve added (drumroll, please) a storage basket. The bad news is they’ve decided to increase the retail price to $239.99. From what I can understand, the price increase will ... Read More »

Hey, that’s not my baby!

Check out this crazy story on CNN – apparently a mom near Chicago has been receiving a live video feed from inside the space shuttle Atlantis — on her baby monitor. She has a Summer Infant brand video monitor that has two channels, and one is broadcasting her baby, as expected. The other, for some bizarre reason, is broadcasting a ... Read More »

Feeding the hungry

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m grocery shopping with my eldest, a precocious 5 year old. She’s been a peach through and through and we’ve had a nice time together browsing the aisles. At the checkout, she spies a candy bar and picks it up, glancing up and me hopefully. “Put it back,” I tell her. She smiles coquettishly. “No.” “You ... Read More »

Get out the vote!

Last year, with your help, Magic Beans was the winner of Boston’s A-List award for best children’s gift store. We were both flattered and delighted to receive this honor. Now, the A-List voting for 2007 is on, through June 1. Help us keep our title by clicking here and casting your vote. Thanks so much! Read More »

Speaking of Foogo…

I just heard about a great blog, Z Recommends, that recently did a comprehensive comparison of insulated sippy cups. The article is great – really in depth and informative. Check it out here. I was really impressed with their content overall, and I also, via Z Recommends, discovered another great blog, parenthacks.com. This blog, inspired by other “hack” resources (hack ... Read More »

Five minute rule?

I’ll confess I’m the kind of mother who loves the five second rule. OK, I’m hiding behind my kids. I’m the kind of person who loves the five second rule. I’m a klutz and my kids got the gene. Between us all, if I had to throw away all the food I ever dropped on the floor, I could feed ... Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day

I hope all the moms out there had a good day. I did. My kids were so excited and very cute, shouting “happy mother’s day” in the manner of effusive New Years Eve revelers. I got to sleep late, I had a protein smoothie brought to me in bed, and I even got that pedicure I’d been dreaming of. In ... Read More »