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zzzzz….

If you’re wondering why it’s so quiet around here, it’s because I’m out of town. We’re wrapping up our first ever family-of-four vacation, enjoying some sun, beach and relaxation. I’ll have lots of observations and interesting insights on family travel┬áto share when I get home tomorrow. Read More »

Really useful jewelry

When there’s a newborn in the picture, life tends to be pretty fuzzy. Parents are usually sleep deprived, and the sameness of the routine causes the hours and days to blend together. This state of mind is directly at odds with your pediatrician’s desire that you keep meticulous records of how often your baby is eating. You consider yourself very ... Read More »

In with the new

Welcome to the newest iteration of spillingthebeans.net. After a few months of practice, we’ve made some changes that should make our site more flexible and user-friendly. If you’ve been a regular visitor, you’ll notice that we’re minimizing. We used to have two blogs, one for toys and one for baby. Now there’s just one blog, but every posting is carefully ... Read More »

Bad hair days?

Handling my kids’ hair seems to be a neverending adventure. In the beginning, it was just fuzz. Those were the days, let me tell you. Now, I have to practically wrestle my preschooler to the ground (or bribe her shamelessly) in order to brush her hair, while her little sister cries inconsolably until she gets her turn. I’m reminded of ... Read More »

Pronto!

Back in October, when we first received JJ Cole’s Essentials Changing Pad & Tote, I talked about an emerging trend in diaper bag downsizing (flashback here). Now, Skip-Hop has released their own mini-tote, the Pronto. In general, I love everything from Skip-Hop. Their designs are so practical and down-to-earth without ever sacrificing good looks. The Pronto is just as good ... Read More »

Ralph’s World nominated for a Grammy

When my first daughter was about 9 months old, I was desperate to find some great music we could both enjoy listening to. When she was very young, I could depend on anything with a strong beat to soothe her (I still remember the look of shock on a friend’s face when my baby started wailing in the backseat and ... Read More »

But what do kids really want?

In this week’s New York Times Style Magazine, Patricia Marx interviewed a number of children and asked what they want for Christmas or Hanukkah. The answers ranged from the predictable to the hilarious. If you have a chance, check it out. Read More »

Special of the week – Cardboard boxes?

Yesterday, the National Toy Hall of Fame announced its newest inductee – the cardboard box. The box, along with other 2005 inductees, Candy Land and the Jack-in-the-Box, will take its place alongside such classic toys like Lego, Frisbee, Raggedy Ann, Barbie, Silly Putty and 26 others. I’m sure parents everywhere are cheering for this choice, which seems to be especially ... Read More »

Travel Advisory: GoGo Kidz

Flying with little babies is pretty easy. Take the infant car seat and a wheeled carrier frame and you’re good to go. But once the baby has outgrown the infant seat, airline travel gets bleaker and parents become pack mules. The car seat is a big problem. It’s big and heavy and you don’t really have any place to put ... Read More »

Let it shine

This isn’t quite as hot off the presses as some of the other products I’ve covered, but I’m a huge fan, so I thought I’d spread the love. The Light Night is a completely unique design that is wireless, rechargable and incredibly durable. Let it charge on the included base all day, and it will shine all night long, night ... Read More »