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Thomas Wooden Railway Recall

Oh my goodness. I’ve seen a few recalls since we started Magic Beans, but this one isn’t doing good things for my blood pressure. Apparently, one of the manufacturers in China who make the Thomas Wooden Railway products for RC2 has been using lead-based paint on the products. This is a voluntary recall and it affects 1.5 million units worldwide. ... Read More »

Fleet of Foot?

If you live in the area, don’t miss Brookline’s annual Flag Day 5k road race this coming Sunday morning (June 17). Magic Beans is a race sponsor and in fact, my nutty husband has issued the following challenge: any Team Beans runner who beats his time will receive $5 in store credit for every 30 seconds they finish ahead of ... Read More »

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 »