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Passover Seders that work for kids

Tonight marks the first night of Passover, and Jewish families all over the world will be gathering to celebrate by having a “Seder”: a special meal that follows a very specific order of operations designed to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. Children are supposed to be an integral part of the Seder. In fact, one of the most important objectives ... Read More »

Project Nursery: Boston weekend is coming soon! Spotlight on Monte

Leading up to our Project Nursery: Boston weekend, we’re profiling participating companies. Get to know our nursery brands, and find the furniture and accessories that are perfect for you! As you learn more about our family of nursery brands, you may note a theme: high-end furniture designers tend to start a business because they can’t find the exact products that ... Read More »

Project Nursery: Boston weekend is coming soon! Spotlight on ducduc

Leading up to our Project Nursery: Boston weekend, we’re profiling participating companies. Get to know our nursery brands, and find the furniture and accessories that are perfect for you! Sometimes, all it takes to start a company is wanting something and finding that there’s nowhere to purchase it. Philip Erdoes of ducduc explains the inspiration for the company at Prendismo.com: ... Read More »

One step back

We have made the difficult decision to close the Hingham Magic Beans store later this month. This is uncharted territory for us, since we’ve been lucky enough to grow steadily for the last nine years. But — like this drawing illustrates so beautifully — growing a business is never a straight path. For a company our size, every store is ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2013 – Day 1

It’s hard to believe, but I’m in New York for my 10th Toy Fair. Which sounds like a lot, until you discover Toy Fair is celebrating its 110th birthday this year. Also, a lot of other retailers I know have been attending this show since before I was born. Even after all this time, I’m still a relative newbie around ... Read More »

Aden + Anais + The Laundress = clean + fresh + happy

I discovered The Laundress several years ago while hunting for an all-natural laundry detergent I could use for hand-washing, too. I tried it and I was hooked. Their laundry detergents are wonderful: they are formulated to be gentle on fabrics, and take no prisoners when it comes to dirt. They are free of toxins, biodegradable, and scented with natural essential ... Read More »

Nuna crosses the pond

In April of 2010, Eli and I were very lucky to be invited to Amsterdam to visit the Bugaboo headquarters and get a sneak peek at the Donkey stroller. While we were there, we took the opportunity to visit an amazing, enormous baby store, Kid Factory, where I got my first look at Nuna. It wasn’t a brand I’d never ... Read More »

Magalog Flashback: Rub-a-dub-dub!

  The smell of a clean new baby is intoxicating, especially to moms. Actress Jane Krakowski told reporters, “It makes me so happy. If someone could bottle that, I’d love to have it.” We’re working on it, but until then, keeping your baby smelling nice requires regular bathing, so that delicious baby smell isn’t hidden under the odors of spit-up ... Read More »

Magalog Flashback: Finding the Right Nanny

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 »

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