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Category Archives: Holidays

Santa, baby: 10 tips for a “nice” Santa experience

Even though I am Jewish, and Santa never came to my home as a child, I still have quite a bit of reverence for jolly old St. Nick. Which is why I really look forward to his annual trip to Magic Beans (a tradition that goes back to 2006). When we first set out to recruit Santa, we were adamant ... Read More »

Magic Beans on the Today Show

Well, we’re all still catching our breath around here from the excitement of this morning. Our friend Jamie Grayson, AKA The Baby Guy, made his debut on the Today Show with Ann Curry, talking about Cyber Monday deals and highlighting Magic Beans. I could try to play it cool, but what’s the point? It was completely awesome. Our website even ... Read More »

Operation Santa – Massachusetts

  Want to have some family football fun, and raise some money for a good cause, too? On Saturday, December 10, the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation will be hosting its eighth annual Army-Navy football luncheon to support Operation Santa of Massachusetts. The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation raises money for organizations that provide services for veterans, current U.S. military troops, and ... Read More »

Magic Beans Thanksgiving Recipes

We know that the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are built around food traditions. We asked our staff to submit their favorite family recipes, beyond turkey and stuffing. We hope you enjoy and we would love for you to share one of your favorites in the comments. Happy cooking! Tewksbury Tweets Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa 1 stick butter 1/2 cup milk ... Read More »

The biggest meal of all

If your family is anything like mine, getting the kids to sit down for a multi-course meal on any day of the week is a Herculean task. But on Thanksgiving, the kids are in the spotlight and the out-of-town relatives are hoping to get lots of face time with their long-lost cutie-pies. As proud parents, we hope our kids will ... Read More »

Retail reality check

Last month, two independent stores I admired very much announced they are closing their doors. These were talented, passionate retailers with an abundance of experience and good karma. This was a hard reality check for me. Retail is a tough business (especially this year), but we’re pretty fierce optimists around here. To realize that even a great store (or two) ... Read More »

Memorial Day Memories

When I think of Memorial Day, I think of grills, sunny days, and burgers. I also remember all the fun I had  running around with my friends in the grass as a child. Whether or not you’re a parent, kids always seem to be a big part of Memorial Day fun. So we thought we’d round up some of the ... Read More »

Easter Traditions

My parents love Easter, and when I was a kid, they made the holiday extra-special with plenty of fun holiday traditions.  The first tradition was the egg decoration process: my dad, my sister, and I would sit outside on the porch with mugs, food coloring, and eggs while the Easter Bunny (my mom) went around collecting goodies for our baskets. ... Read More »

Irish Soda Bread…for real

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got a special treat for you: a traditional take on Irish Soda Bread. Frequently, Irish Soda Bread that’s available in America contains raisins, orange zest, or other sources of sweetness. While very, very tasty, these are actually variations on the traditional Irish bread, which contains absolutely no sugar and no yeast! The only ... Read More »

Quick Gift Wrapping Tips

We always provide free gift wrapping at Magic Beans. However, some wrapping is  inevitably in your future this holiday season. So, here are a few tips for your wrapping ease and pleasure. 1. Use a nice strong paper. It will hold up well when you re-do folds. 2. Measuring your paper first will make the wrapping process a lot easier. You ... Read More »