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Category Archives: General

What’s a “magalog” anyway?

It didn’t take more than a couple of weeks after we opened the first Magic Beans store for the first customer to ask for our catalog. A catalog!? We had a garage full of Legos and a basement full of Maclaren strollers. We definitely did not have a catalog. Fast forward a couple of years later, and the idea no ... Read More »

5 years of blogging

It’s an odd coincidence that this weekend marks both the 5th anniversary of the day I started this blog and also the start of the annual ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas. This year marks the last installment of this venerable show before it relocates to more genteel digs in Louisville, KY, and it feels like the end of an ... Read More »

On maternity leave

Oh, press. Why is it no good deed goes unpunished? On Tuesday, in the middle of a totally crazy day, a reporter reached out to talk to me about my feelings on the maternity leave ruling that happened on Monday in MA. I gathered my thoughts, dropped everything and spoke to the reporter, hoping that I was able to clearly ... Read More »

Two.

Two years ago today you made your entrance, free of drama (thankfully) but full of presence from the start. My how you’ve grown. You can run and jump. You sing songs and tell jokes. You love books. You know the difference between a square and a triangle. You like the slide and the swings but most of all the woodchips ... Read More »

60 lessons from 6 years in business

Magic Beans came to fruition six years ago today. In honor of the occasion, here are sixty things I’ve learned over the years. It should be noted, just because I’ve learned the lesson doesn’t mean I’m always successful at applying it. That’s OK, because knowing is half the battle. Start a business with your spouse only if you really, really ... Read More »

10 years

In the summer of 1985, I went to day camp and rode the bus every day with a quiet, soft-spoken boy from the neighborhood. He was exceedingly kind, and I… well, I wasn’t. On Wild West day, I relished the role of outlaw (even more than usual), and managed to trick that sweet boy into giving me all the candy ... Read More »

Maternity ward (part 1)

Exactly a week ago, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Around eight months ago, she and I were en route to IKEA when she gave me the good news. A week later I was back at IKEA to return some things from my trip the week before and my sister in law called me with news. She ... Read More »

On losing a pet

What follows is a departure from my usual subject matter. But writing about it made me feel better, so I thought I’d share. It was almost exactly 12 years ago that I managed to secure off-campus housing for my senior year of college. Seeing as how the landlord was dog-friendly, getting a dog was an inevitable next step. I loved ... Read More »

Done and done.

Our Brookline store will reopen today at 10am – one day ahead of schedule. Our construction schedule was only six days long, so that extra day is pretty amazing. To give you some idea of what went into this week: On Saturday night, we closed the store and started packing up the merchandise. On Sunday, we moved all the merchandise ... Read More »

Recapitulation

I thought this might make a nice Wordless Wednesday post (my first, but whatever). Then I realized, it’s been pretty wordless around here for a few weeks, and a little explanation might be in order. See, here’s the thing. People always assume that December is the craziest month of all for me, and, fine, that’s probably true. But there’s this ... Read More »