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Cider house rules

If you’ve been following along, you know that my life is pretty hectic right now. Yet for some reason, when my daughter’s kindergarten teachers asked for parents to chaperone a field trip, I felt compelled to volunteer. Which is how I ended up riding a yellow school bus packed with 60 children under the age of 7, and how I ... Read More »

Fuzzy Wuzzies

Check out these amazing hats, called Wuzzies. Each one is knitted by hand and lined with soft fleece for plenty of warmth without any itchies. The designs are fun, funky and each one is one-of-a-kind. And the best part is, the idea was born at Magic Beans. Two of our talented employees, Skye and Mary Kate, who both recently graduated ... Read More »

Your binky, your friend

This idea was hatched on a family vacation in 1998. The Schneider family was away with their 3-month old baby, and they were tired and cranky from constantly needing to wake up throughout the night to reposition the baby’s pacifier. Legend has it a desperate Mama Schneider used a hotel sewing kit to affix the pacifier to a stuffed animal ... Read More »

Knee Jerk

Sorry to be out of touch for an unusually long stretch. I’ve been busy getting our two new stores ready to open – we’re just a few weeks away now – and also out of commission with all the Jewish holidays. We built a traditional Sukkah in our yard, and decorated it with Uglydolls. It was really something. I didn’t ... Read More »

Finding Sitters Fast

This is a hoot. I’m a member of SitterCity.com, a site that helps parents find babysitters. I’ve had very good luck, actually, but now SitterCity has come up with a new way for parents to scope out the sitter situation. On Wednesday October 3rd, SitterCity is offering a free SpeedSitting event in Boston at Faneiul Hall. What is SpeedSitting, you ... Read More »

Skip Hop Props

OK, yes, several weeks have passed since the ABC show, and I’m still playing catch up. I’m carrying around a Stokke tote bag filled with press kits and catalogs and notes on a bunch of vendors and items I still haven’t gotten to. It’s frustrating, but I’m chipping away. Today, I’m tackling Skip Hop. Famous now for their simple yet ... Read More »

Funkey Town

The latest entry into the virtual-toy-that’s-also-really-a-toy category is about to hit the market. Funkeys are quirky little vinyl creatures who come to life on your PC. Unlike Webkinz and other similar products, Funkeys is not web-based. It actually comes with a CD-ROM for your Windows PC, and a large Funkey docking station that plugs into your computer using a USB ... Read More »

Kid Nation

Did anyone catch the premier of Kid Nation last night on CBS? I was curious, since I’d read a lot about the show, so I watched. Before last night, I was seriously questioning the judgment of the show’s creators. Not to mention the parents of the kids featured on the show. But I loved it. Now, I’m a reality TV ... Read More »

Swaddle down under

Swaddling saved my sanity with my second child, so it is a topic near and dear to my heart. For months, the only way she would fall asleep was if we swaddled her up tight, straightjacket style, and literally jumped up and down with her in our arms. By the time she outgrew swaddling, I was an expert. I could ... Read More »

More news stories that give me nightmares

It’s not enough that every single day brings new coverage of the lead paint recalls. Now there are two more stories popping up on the “Most E-mailed” list on Boston.com to make parents (and me) completely nuts. First, a warning for parents who put their kids in Crocs – be careful on escalators. Apparently the shoes are getting stuck and ... Read More »