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Good Mourning

My husband lost his grandfather this week, the last of the eight grandparents we had between us. He was 88 years old. He survived Auschwitz alongside his brother, then emigrated to the USA where he married, became a father, a grandfather and eventually a great grandfather. He was a warm, bright and funny man who enjoyed lively conversations on a ... Read More »

Mattel recall expanded, the drama builds

Mattel has recalled another 9 million toys, and the owner of the factory in China responsible for the lead paint recall has committed suicide. One die-cast licensed Cars toy was found to have dangerous levels of lead paint, but the majority of the toys in this recall are actually magnetic toys. The tiny magnets may inadvertently release from the toys, ... Read More »

All in the wrist

In the beginning, we stuffed diapers into diaper bags, and just dealt with it when they got all puffy and pilled. We tossed our wipes case into the abyss, and then had to grope around to find it while our babies wailed in distress on the changing table. Then, Diapees and Wipees came along, with a clever cloth pouch that ... Read More »

Como is a-coming

I just got an e-mail that the Midnight Desert and Beige Como seats from Recaro should be shipping out to us next week. Cobalt and Blush are still in transit and are scheduled to ship in the beginning of September. No update on the Signo for now. As soon as I hear, I’ll pass it along. I know a lot ... Read More »

Daytrippin’ with Maclaren

Today, I spent the day visiting the US headquarters of Maclaren in Norwalk, CT. We were invited for a sneak preview of the 2008 product line, which will be shown at the ABC Show next month in Las Vegas. It was a great opportunity to see the new products away from the hullabaloo of the trade show, and it was ... Read More »

Retro Cool

Look what’s back! The Snoopy Sno Cone Maker has been rereleased by Sababa Toys, and it’s exactly the product you and I remember so fondly. Originally released in 1979, this was a runaway bestseller and a summer fixture in millions of homes (mine included). If you never had one, basically you pop some ice cubes into a compartment at the ... Read More »

Girls around the world

At Toy Fair in February, I mentioned a new line of dolls by a company called Karito Kids. I was struck by how beautiful they were, and I loved the charitable tie-in that gave kids the opportunity to use the Internet to help other kids across the world. Now, finally, these dolls are in stock. There are five dolls in ... Read More »

Fisher Price Recall

I know, I know. I’m late on this one. I nearly had a panic attack at the gym last night when I saw CNN reporting on nearly a million recalled toys. I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard it was Fisher Price, which we don’t sell in the store. But then I realized that my kids have Fisher ... Read More »

Tax Free Holiday is On!

Governor Patrick has signed the bill approving the annual sales tax holiday weekend on August 11-12. This is the fourth summer in a row that Massachusetts has done this, and it’s a great time to buy all sorts of things. Put the date on your calendar, and if you’re in the area come by Magic Beans. Or if you want ... Read More »

Third one’s a charm…

What a summer this has been for Magic Beans! First, we won the A-List award for Best Children’s Gift Store, then we received the Reader’s Choice award for Best Toy Store in our region from the Community News Corperation. Yesterday, we were given the prestigious Best of Boston award from Boston Magazine for Best Baby Gear Store. And – they ... Read More »