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Good Logic

When JJ Cole first showed me their Essentials Bag a few years back, I had one question: Where’s the changing pad? There wasn’t one. What was the logic? I can’t remember exactly how they rationalized it, but it made no sense to me. I liked the small footprint of the bag, and the skateboard-chic sling design, but how could they ... Read More »

Room to Groove Giveaway!

On Saturday June 16 (one week from today) at 10:30am, don’t miss Room to Groove, a family concert in Boston featuring children’s artists including Elizabeth Mitchell and David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band. Sponsored by WBOS and Boston Common Magazine, Room to Groove is a fundraiser for one of my favorite local organizations, Room to Grow. This promises ... Read More »

Staying out of hot water

This nifty new gadget is a great addition to any kid’s bathroom. Simply screw it onto the faucet, and the Faucet Light illuminates the stream. Even better, the Faucet Light now comes in a temperature controlled model that lights up blue when the water is cold and turns to red when the water is over 89 degrees. It’s a simple ... Read More »

A new twist on an old idea

The Bink Link is a clever rendition of the classic pacifier clip. The solid wood designs are all contemporary and fresh, but my favorites are the faux Candy Necklace and the Peas & Carrots. The attachment system is designed to fit practically any pacifier, including the Mam and Soothie models. Bink Link is a parent-run company, and they’ve got a ... Read More »

Feeding the hungry

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m grocery shopping with my eldest, a precocious 5 year old. She’s been a peach through and through and we’ve had a nice time together browsing the aisles. At the checkout, she spies a candy bar and picks it up, glancing up and me hopefully. “Put it back,” I tell her. She smiles coquettishly. “No.” “You ... Read More »

Cleaning up on the run

Check this out: When we found these Towtab Towel Tablets at the Boston Gift Show, we were enthralled. These little “pills” expand when wet to become an 8″ x 11″ towel. Even though this is not specifically a juvenile item, we thought it held a lot of promise for parents. Imagine if, instead of toting around wipes, you just keep ... Read More »

Get out the vote!

Last year, with your help, Magic Beans was the winner of Boston’s A-List award for best children’s gift store. We were both flattered and delighted to receive this honor. Now, the A-List voting for 2007 is on, through June 1. Help us keep our title by clicking here and casting your vote. Thanks so much! Read More »

Speaking of Foogo…

I just heard about a great blog, Z Recommends, that recently did a comprehensive comparison of insulated sippy cups. The article is great – really in depth and informative. Check it out here. I was really impressed with their content overall, and I also, via Z Recommends, discovered another great blog, parenthacks.com. This blog, inspired by other “hack” resources (hack ... Read More »

One car seat to go…

The past ten days have left my family a bit travel weary. We’ve been to Chicago, New York and now today, back to Boston. My sister-in-law got married last night, and we’ve been celebrating with her and getting my girls ready for their supporting roles as flower girls (they were superb – more on that later). After the debacle with ... Read More »