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Ralph is back – finally!

For almost a year, since Ralph’s World signed on with Disney, his recordings have been a seriously endangered species. For reasons I still don’t completely understand, Disney didn’t rerelease his existing CDs, and his previous label stopped producing them. So we haven’t been able to perpetuate our Ralph addiction for quite some time. Now, Disney has just released a really ... Read More »

Masha Meets Micralite

As you may have already noticed, we’re welcoming a new contributor to Spillingthebeans. Masha has been a Magic Beans customer for a while, and in advance of her upcoming trip, she came to us for advice on which stroller to bring. She had such a way with words, we asked if she’d be interested in doing an extended testdrive with ... Read More »

Yeah, But What Stroller Would Mary Use?

From rock stars to rabbis, a circuitious route has brought me, Mommy Masha to the Magic Beans family. I’m looking forward to bringing you news from overseas. I’m leaving for a two and a half month stay in Jerusalem and I’m seriously sweating which stroller to take. Advice from family and friends has made it all the more confusing. “Must ... Read More »

Mutsy is here!

We received our first shipment of Mutsy strollers today. I’ve written about the Mutsy a couple of times already, so I won’t bore you with too many details. We are carrying the 4Rider model, which is the sleekest of the Mutsy frames, with 2 large pneumatic tires in the rear and 2 small pneumatic tires in the front. It handles ... Read More »

Starck meets Maclaren

Philippe Stark is one of the most notable designers of our time, known for reinterpreting mundane objects and transforming them into striking forms that offer aesthetics without compromising (and, in fact, often enhancing) utility. Now he has taken the umbrella stroller back to the drawing board, offering a fresh take on the popular Maclaren Volo. His swooping frame is all ... Read More »

Wow, baby

We’ve just launched a new feature on our website, and I’d love to get some feedback. Basically, it’s an express baby basket builder, where you can select and send a really impressive baby gift very quickly and easily. We’ve had a lot of really positive reactions from busy parents and also corporate gift givers, but I’d love to hear other ... Read More »

The great candy debate

It seems like there’s a lot of creative finaigling this year, surrounding Halloween and the impending glut of sweets. I’ve heard about a neighborhood in Cambridge that’s planning to give out toys instead of candy to trick-or-treaters this year. I read about more than one dentist who is offering a candy buy-back program at $1/pound! In our last store newsletter, ... Read More »

Branching out with skincare

We’ve just received our first shipment of Little Twig skincare products. For a long time, we’ve been looking for a skincare line that would be a great companion to Mustela, and when we saw Little Twig in Las Vegas, we knew we’d found it. This environmentally-friendly company offers an array of natural concoctions, many of which are made with certified ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Blog

Today is the 1st anniversary of my very first blog posting. Who could have imagined we would grow so quickly? This project started out as a place to primarily keep the store staff informed about new products in the store, but soon we realized that other people might be interested in getting the inside track on toys and gear, too. ... Read More »

Squishy towers

Edublocks have been a fixture in our store’s playscape since we first opened in 2004. The set of giant, foam Lego-style blocks are probably the only toy that has survived two years of unmitigated abuse at the hands of our littlest customers. But they are very expensive, and despite their popularity, we don’t sell too many of them. Now, I ... Read More »

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