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No time to cook?

Mark Bittman is one of my favorite cookbook authors. His “How to Cook Everything” is my go-to kitchen bible, and I highly recommend it, especially for beginners. Bittman hangs his hat on simplicity, which is particularly helpful for busy parents who are trying to put a nice dinner on the table a few times a week. Last week, The New ... Read More »

Zapps are here!

Our first shipment of Quinny Zapp strollers just arrived. We’ve got one in our office, and we’re playing with it extensively today. Initial impressions are very good – it folds down nearly to the size of an umbrella, and it handles really beautifully, even with the modified design (two wheels in front versus one). Downsides include the teeny tiny basket, ... Read More »

The party-which-must-not-be-named

Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably already know that the 7th Harry Potter book will ago on sale at midnight on Friday night. If you’re local to Boston, I hope you’ll come to Coolidge Corner for Potterpalooza. Unfortunately, due to a bit of a fracas with Warner Bros, I can’t say too much about the event here, but ... Read More »

A must-have calendar for mom

My own mother is a devoted fan of Sandra Boynton’s “Mom’s Family Calendar”, and though the illustrations are irresistible, it’s the clever layout of this calendar that makes her hunt it down year after year. Instead of the traditional grid layout, this calendar looks more like a chart. There’s a column for each family member (up to five total), and ... Read More »

Radian in living color

When the Radian 80 car seat came out, the color selection was almost comical. There was Manhattan, which was mostly gray, and Supercool, which was entirely gray. But there’s good news for Radian fans who also like colors. They’ve just come out with two new fabric options, Princess and Monaco. Princess (pictured) is obviously geared towards little girls. It is ... Read More »

Automatic Pile It

One of the first games I ever reviewed on Spillingthebeans was Ruckus. This card game has since become a success, thanks to the exceedingly simple and exceptionally fun concept. Dan Levy is the founder of Funstreet Games, and the brain behind Ruckus. Until now, he’s been a one-trick pony, but he’s just released a new game, Pile It. I really ... Read More »

Is it quiet around here or is it just me?

Oh wait. I’m the one who’s supposed to be making the noise. So to speak. I’m so sorry my posts have been so few and far between. It’s an unfortunate combination of factors that are leaving me with very little time to blog. My kids are in camp, which starts earlier in the morning than nursery school did. And since ... Read More »

Britax Regent Product “Update”

I just received an announcement from Britax that they will be offering a free product update kit for all Regent car seats manufactured between November 10, 2005 and June 18, 2007. This kit will “enhance the performance” of the Regent seat. Clearly this is not a recall, but Britax is strongly encouraging consumers to utilize this kit, and is also ... Read More »

A-maze-ing

Let’s talk about marbles for a minute. Marbles are so simple, but they’ve been a cornerstone of playtime for centuries. Set them in motion and you’ve got hours of entertainment. There are countless types of marble run construction toys out there, and many different interpretations. The newest one is Q Ba Maze. This marble construction toy looks like a piece ... Read More »

Fit for a queen

Check out this cute story – the family lives right near my parents. Basically, this family of Belgian descent had their seventh consecutive daughter last month, qualifying their new baby for an obscure 140-year-old Belgian tradition that had her become the goddaughter of the queen. The royal family will pay for the child’s education and she will have twice yearly ... Read More »

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