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Low-fat (and delicious) apple muffins

The story of these muffins starts with a recipe for zucchini bread. I’ve loved zucchini bread for as long as I can remember, but I rarely get to eat it. So when one of our buyers brought in a home-baked loaf last week, I was delighted. And inspired. On Sunday morning, I decided to bake my own zucchini bread (and ... Read More »

Magalog Flashback: Making Your Own Baby Food

What do you get when you combine a catalog with a magazine? Our magalog, Surprises, is your guide to the best of our baby gear selection and the top toys of the season. But there’s more: each issue of Surprises is loaded with informative articles about babies and kids, and common-sense advice that you can use. Just in case you ... Read More »

Gearing up for the grandkids

I’m a long way off from experiencing it for myself, but I’ve heard it’s pretty amazing to be a grandparent. You get to have fun with the kids, and then give them back to their parents when they’re tired, cranky, or hungry. It’s a great arrangement (I’m sure right now my parents and in-laws are reading this and thinking about ... Read More »

On the Dot

I’ve been taking a hiatus from blogging for a bit this summer, enjoying time with my family and working on some other projects. But I am taking a hiatus from my hiatus to bring you my review of the newest stroller entry from phil&teds, the Dot Buggy. First, let me give you some background. We’ve been selling phil&teds at Magic ... Read More »

Four.

In 2008, we watched the Olympics in Beijing together and saw Michael Phelps swim for gold eight times. Or more accurately, I watched while you nursed and slept. You were just days old, so you didn’t really have much appreciation for sports. Four years later, Michael Phelps is still swimming for gold, but now you can swim too. You jump ... Read More »

8 and counting: then and now

A lot can change in eight years. Just ask my daughter Mira, who was born just 15 weeks before Magic Beans opened its doors on July 7, 2004. Eight years ago, she was sitting in the window of the store while Eli and I worked, smiling at anyone who made eye contact (and usually scaring them half to death, because ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways is coming (and a Twitter party!)

A little over three years ago, we were sitting in our conference room trying to brainstorm a special way to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Magic Beans. Eli looked up and said, “What if we gave away something awesome every day for the whole month?” It was a great idea, and we did it. 31 Days of Giveaways was born, ... Read More »

Guest post: Demystifying Teething Biscuits (and a recipe!)

Melissa Constantinou is the chef and owner of Custom Spoonfuls, a personal chef service in the Boston area. She comes from an extremely food-centric Italian family that has taught her countless tips and tricks about cooking and eating throughout the years. Melissa has transitioned from public relations professional to personal chef and couldn’t be happier as she pursues her passion of ... Read More »

12 years, 12 lessons learned

The summer I was seven years old, I did something awful. It was Wild West Day at camp and, in the spirit of the theme, I stole a little boy’s candy. I still haven’t heard the end of it, because twelve years ago today, I married that boy. By then he had forgiven me enough to become (in succession) my ... Read More »