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Category Archives: Just for fun

Back to school in style

It’s hard to believe, but August is halfway over, and the new school year is just around the corner. With three kids in three different schools, I’m in prep mode already. Here are a few things I’ve found to make getting ready for school a little easier. Calendars Google calendar has been a staple for us professionally for a long ... Read More »

Losing it

Losing weight has been a constant theme of my life, pretty much as far back as I can remember. By the time I was 12, people would reassure me: I still hadn’t lost my “baby fat.” But it wasn’t baby fat. I was just at the very beginning of a struggle that would last for years. That soft chin would ... Read More »

The 1000th post

This is a milestone, for sure. When we started this blog in 2005, the word “blog” was still an emerging part of the public vocabulary. In fact, Merriam-Webster named “blog” the “Word of the Year” in 2004. Back then, blogging was mostly for techies, pundits and voyeurs. It’s been almost six years since Isaac (my sister’s husband and the Magic ... Read More »

Lucky 7’s

This year, on 7/7, Magic Beans will celebrate 7 years in business. If milestones could function like slot machines, we’d be golden. But we feel so lucky, even without a jackpot. We’re lucky because we get to work with an amazing group of passionate, loyal, intelligent, creative people who really care about our company. We’re lucky because working together is something ... Read More »

Patriotic pops

I got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker from my sister and brother-in-law this past holiday season, and now that the weather’s warm I’m having waaaay too much fun with it. If you’ve never seen the Zoku, basically it’s this little box that stays in the freezer. When you’re in the mood for an ice pop, pull it out, insert a ... Read More »

Quid Pro Quo

This past week, on the Magic Beans Facebook page, we asked people what funny sayings they’d learned from their fathers. We had lots of great responses, but one stood out to me. An old friend of mine (and Eli’s) from high school responded with “Quid pro quo.” This struck me because “quid pro quo” is something Eli talks about a ... 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 »

Celebrating Sesame Street In Stories, Song… and Video!

If you’re under the age of 45 or so, then your earliest memories of television probably include some images, songs, and characters from Sesame Street. The Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) stated their goal in creating the show was to “master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them,” and they succeeded: millions of kids learned their letters ... Read More »

No Rain On Your Parade: 10 ways to have fun indoors

While we don’t love April Showers, don’t forget: at the end, we get beautiful May Flowers. In the meantime, here are our top 10 suggestions to keep downpours from dampening your fun. Make your own play-doh – kids enjoy the process AND the product. This recipe doesn’t require you to cook the dough, making it more kid-friendly than stovetop versions. ... Read More »

Go Green for Earth Day

Most of us know that Earth Day, coming up this Friday (April 22) is a day set aside to celebrate nature and the environment, and encourage environmental protection.  But what you may not know is that Earth Day actually evolved over a period of 7 years from a grassroots political campaign led by a feisty Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson. ... Read More »