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Cimemamas launches in Boston

Sneaking off to a dark theater in the middle of the day is a wonderful, guilty pleasure. There’s a reason so many new moms flock to their local mom-baby movie showtimes. But babies are notoriously unpredictable movie dates (and they age out of the cooperative, sleepy newborn phase far too quickly). So Gina Saltonstall and Lori Cohen decided to create ... Read More »

8 and counting: then and now

A lot can change in eight years. Just ask my daughter Mira, who was born just 15 weeks before Magic Beans opened its doors on July 7, 2004. Eight years ago, she was sitting in the window of the store while Eli and I worked, smiling at anyone who made eye contact (and usually scaring them half to death, because ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways is coming (and a Twitter party!)

A little over three years ago, we were sitting in our conference room trying to brainstorm a special way to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Magic Beans. Eli looked up and said, “What if we gave away something awesome every day for the whole month?” It was a great idea, and we did it. 31 Days of Giveaways was born, ... Read More »

12 years, 12 lessons learned

The summer I was seven years old, I did something awful. It was Wild West Day at camp and, in the spirit of the theme, I stole a little boy’s candy. I still haven’t heard the end of it, because twelve years ago today, I married that boy. By then he had forgiven me enough to become (in succession) my ... Read More »

It’s a Drool Twitter Party!

We’re counting down the final days before Drool. The floorplan is set. The vendor list is beyond our wildest dreams. The gift bags are outrageous. The raffle prizes are amazing. Every detail is falling into place. So now it’s time to kick back and have some fun. Join us this Sunday night (Mother’s Day!!) as we bring the spirit of ... Read More »

Game day diversions for kids

The first time I watched the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl was 10 years ago. I was pregnant with our first child, and we were living in downtown Boston. Adam Vinatieri pulled off that improbable 48 yard field goal kick and just like that, the Pats claimed the team’s first Super Bowl title EVER. Eli and I took ... Read More »

#2012 Mom-Resolutions

Some years I’m not so into New Year’s resolutions, but for some reason, I’m really feeling the promise of a fresh start in 2012. Mom-guilt is a part of life for most moms, especially working moms, and this is the time of year when it’s easiest to parlay some of that guilt into action items. I can do better next ... 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 »

10 Questions for Laurie Berkner

We are getting geared up for the Life is good Festival this weekend, and if you’re going to be there, chances are you’re excited to see Laurie Berkner perform. I remember the first time I saw her in concert, at First Night 2004 in Boston. I was a mom of one, pregnant with my second daughter, and writing a business ... Read More »

Hurricane Irene Survival Kit

The last major hurricane to hit New England was the great New England hurricane of 1938 (before they even started using the alphabetical naming system). Of course, since 1938, there have been a number of significant hurricanes in the Northeast, but this weekend the entire New England coast is set to receive the highest storm surge in 50 years from the gloomy ... Read More »