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The Bubble Files

I’ve developed a small-scale obsession with bubbles this summer. At Toy Fair, the nice people hawking the Bubble Thing pressed one into my palm during the final moments of the show and told me to take it home and try it out. So I did, and then we were hooked. Blowing giant bubbles is wondrous and fun and it’s one ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 11 – Bumbleride Indie Twin

When we first opened the store, Bumbleride was part of our stroller mix. We loved the fresh colors and patterns and the reasonable prices. As time went on, our stroller department got crowded, and for one reason or another, the Bumblerides didn’t make the cut. We’ve kept a close eye on the company over the years, always stopping to say ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 10 – Radian XTSL Car Seat

The Radian XTSL is the top-of-the line convertible car seat from Sunshine Kids. The XTSL offers a weight limit of 80 pounds and advanced side-impact protection in the headrest and body. This model is an updated version of the popular Radian XT Convertible Car Seat that incorporates Sunshine Kids' SuperLATCH™ technology. These specially designed LATCH connectors extend the lifespan of ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 9 – Baby Bjorn Prize Package

Today’s giveaway is a prize package – a trio of fabulous products from Baby Bjorn that includes the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light, the Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance, and the brand new Baby Bjorn Comfort Carrier. Over the years, I’ve sung the praises of all three of these products, and with the exception of the Comfort Carrier, these items have ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 8 – Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller

Today’s giveaway is our biggest yet. The Bugaboo Cameleon is still the gold standard in the hybrid stroller category. Many have tried to come close, but no other stroller matches the quality of design and range of functionality of the Cameleon. With a reversible seat and a reversible handlebar, the Cameleon can adapt to virtually any environment, and with the ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 7 – Birthday Blitz

In honor of our birthday, we’re giving away seven great prizes today – six plus one for good luck. Here’s the run down: Go Gaga Slide We love these bags almost as much as we love Jill Cartwright, the incredibly warm, friendly woman behind the company. The wide, stretchy strap distributes the weight of the bag nicely across the shoulders, ... 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 »

Giveaways Day 6 – Swinxs Game Console

When I first met the Swinxs at Toy Fair in 2008, I was totally blown away. It was such a fresh concept – an interactive gaming console with no video component that aimed to engage kids physically and socially. It took a couple of years, but this Dutch product is finally available here in the US, and we are delighted ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 5 – Ergo Baby Carrier

I just returned from watching a fireworks display on Cape Cod. As we stretched out on the grass and watched the spectacular show, I noticed a man sitting a few yards in front of us, wearing a baby in an Ergo carrier. The explosions were loud, the music was boisterous and the crowd was enthusiastic. But his baby slept on, ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 4 – My Backyard BBQ Set

Happy 4th of July! We loved this wooden grill when we saw it at Toy Fair this year, and we knew that it would be a must-have for all bbq-loving families. Including mine. It is a very well-constructed toy with a lot of details to really enhance the make believe play. The grill lid is designed so that there’s a ... Read More »

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