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ABC Show 2010 over and out

A few days of recovery have passed since the ABC Show ended, but I’m still working on debriefing and recapping. This year, Eli and I decided to skip the last day of the show to get home a day sooner. We’d left all three kids with my mother-in-law, who was holding down the fort magnificently, but was nonetheless visibly relieved ... Read More »

What happens in Vegas

Trade shows are always exhausting, but this one was exceptionally so. For the first time ever, I decided to skip the last day of the show so I could get home a day sooner. The trade-off was an accelerated trip with very little time for leisure. Here’s a snapshot of my last 24 hours in Vegas. 6am: Wake up. Finish ... Read More »

ABC Show – Day 2

I started the second day of the show by finishing up the last couple of rows in the downstairs exhibit hall. My favorite stop was at the Bumble Collection where I got to see my wonderful friends Jennie Lynn and her husband Sal. I also got to scope out their beautiful diaper bags and accessories, which just keep getting better ... Read More »

Mountain Buggy Duet stroller

UPDATE: We have the Mountain Buggy Duet! Purchase your Mountain Buggy Duet stroller at Magic Beans. I’ve been a fan of the Mountain Buggy Swift since my sister became the first mom in North America to own one at the ABC Show in 2008. Since then, we’ve asked Mountain Buggy over and over again about a double version, and our ... Read More »

UPPAbaby Cruz preview

UPDATE: We are now taking pre-orders for the UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller. It will be available to ship in September. The UPPAbaby Vista has been wildly successful over the past few years, and there’s been lots of speculation about what UPPAbaby would come out with next. Today I got a sneak peek at their newest project, the Cruz. The Cruz stroller ... Read More »

ABC Show Day 1

Today I managed to get through almost the entire first floor of the show – no small feat. I have a few items to call out individually, but here are some overall impressions. Plum – I saw this color over and over on the strollers and car seats today, and I liked it a lot. Mid-size strollers – they’re back ... Read More »

5th Blogiversary Giveaway

In honor of the 5th “blogiversary” of Spilling the Beans, we’re giving away a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair in purple – their newest color. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past five years, you probably know that the Tripp Trapp is one of my all-time favorite products. I don’t think any other baby product offers the same combination ... Read More »

5 years of blogging

It’s an odd coincidence that this weekend marks both the 5th anniversary of the day I started this blog and also the start of the annual ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas. This year marks the last installment of this venerable show before it relocates to more genteel digs in Louisville, KY, and it feels like the end of an ... Read More »

Vanessa Trien’s Carnival Beat

Like many of the moms here in Brookline, I have a minor obsession with Vanessa Trien. It’s not just because she’s an incredible musician who has followed her dreams and released two outstanding albums for children. It’s not just because she has a beautiful smile and a wonderful way with kids. It’s not just because she’s a warm, kind and ... Read More »

10 reasons to get your car seat checked

NHTSA estimates that 3 out of 4 parents are using their car seats incorrectly. There are lots of different seat belts and they all work in different ways. To get a tight fit takes some practice and expertise. The angle of the car seat is important, and sometimes it takes a lot of work (and a cut-up pool noodle) to ... Read More »