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Tweak’ms Sunglasses

Leave it to a mom. When her son’s sunglasses kept breaking, Tracey Rotman got tired of trying to wrangle those teeny tiny screws. She decided there had to be a better, safer way to construct sunglasses for kids. Her solution is very clever, and the sunglasses are practically indestructable (and cute, too). We brought these in about a week ago, ... Read More »

Teaching kids to be compassionate…

I think of myself as a fairly compassionate person. I have my moments (doesn’t everyone?), but for the most part this is true. I’m not embarking on a defense of my own behavior here. I’m looking through a more insightful lens. I’m not sure my daughters are learning from my good example. This past weekend, my 2-year old, laughing maniacally, ... Read More »

Pillow talk

If you’re looking for a breastfeeding pillow, good luck. There’s no lack of options; on the contrary, you’re more likely to be overwheled by the sheer number of choices on the market. And every woman is different, so if you ask around, you’ll hear a dozen different opinions on the matter. So I don’t usually slow down when I see ... Read More »

Flying Carpets and Modular Play Tables – Oh my!

Today, we visited the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. The place was just oozing coolness, from the fabulous people to the fabulous furniture. We were in town for the weekend, and we were curious to see what we might find. With just two hours to explore, we made quick work of the show, but we did turn ... Read More »

Infant car seat wins for American Inventor

American Inventor, the new reality series produced by Simon Cowell for ABC, wrapped up this past week. Interestingly enough, the winning invention was an infant car seat. The Anecia Survival Capsule was invented by Janusz Liberkowski after his daughter Annette (nicknamed Anecia) was killed in a car accident. It is a spherical infant car seat that can be opened or ... Read More »

Who? Us?

Magic Beans has been nominated for the 2006 A-List, as compiled by the local CBS affiliate in Boston. We’ve added a link at the top of the page (Toot our Horn) if you’d like to vote for us. It would be fun to win, but as the true A-listers will tell you, it’s an honor just to be nominated. Read More »

Visiting Orlando with little kids…

We recently came home from the JPMA show in Orlando, and we brought along our two little girls, ages 2 and 4. Those who know me can verify that I am an obsessive information hound. When I was planning this trip last year, I searched high and low for good information about visiting Orlando with very young children. I didn’t ... Read More »

The (un)friendly skies

I don’t usually use this blog as a platform for my own personal rants, but I wanted to share this experience and get some feedback. We flew home from Orlando today, and poor weather in Boston delayed our flight by nearly two hours. If you’ve got small children, you know that airport delays are especially difficult. Most parents, like myself, ... Read More »

The happiest place on Earth…

Where else but Orlando can you spend a week alternating between Disney World and the annual JPMA show scoping out the newest baby gear and accessories? This is the second year that the JPMA show has made its home in Orlando, and I have to admit that I really look forward to this trip. We brought the kids down, we’re ... Read More »

Sorry for the silent treatment

It’s unprecedented since I started this blog, but I’m embarrassed that it’s been more than a week since I posted. Things have been really hectic with the holiday, and we were actually out of town on a family vacation, doing lots of first-hand product testing. I’ll have plenty of details to share, and the dry spell should be over (or ... Read More »

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