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Giveaways Day 22 – Nook Pebble Mattress

The success of a new product is determined by three things. First, the quality of the product itself, second, the strength of the marketing behind the product, and third, the price. When a product has intrinsic excellence, strong marketing, and a rational price it’s practically unstoppable. With two out of three, it might have a fighting chance. And even a ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 21 – Orbit Stroller Travel System G2

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know about the warm and fuzzy feelings I have for Orbit Baby. And sure, a lot of that is because the people behind the company are amazing, talented, kind and fun. But I don’t plug their product because they are my friends. It’s the other way around — the ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 20 – Kettler Trike and Melissa & Doug Giraffe

We have two great prizes for Toy Tuesday. First, we’re giving away a top-of-the-line tricycle, the Kettler Air Navigator. This trike is a force to be reckoned with on the playground. It comes with a push-bar, a seat belt and an adjustable frame that helps it grow with your child. There’s a free-wheeling system that lets your toddlers legs simply ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 19 – Bugaboo Bee Plus 2010

I’m going to admit something. I was wrong about the Bugaboo Bee. When I first saw the Bee, I thought the Bugaboo folks had lost their collective minds. It might have been the “most compact Bugaboo stroller”, but that didn’t make it compact enough to sneak into the coveted lightweight stroller category. No, it was decidedly mid-size, an unpopular, neither-here-nor-there ... Read More »

Water babies

It’s been a hot summer here in Boston, and we’ve been spending a lot of time in the water. My older kids are both good swimmers, but my son is just starting to figure it out. He’ll be two in less than a month, and even just over the course of a few weekends this summer, his level of comfort ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 18 – WOW Baby Basket Day

Like most people who have a loving, supportive family, I owe my parents a lot. But specifically when it has come to Magic Beans, they’ve been incredibly supportive from the start, with ideas, honest feedback, advice and a listening ear whenever we needed one. “Gift baskets,” they told me one day not too long after we opened the store. “You ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 17 – Beaba Babycook Prize Pack

A few weeks ago, the contestants on Top Chef: DC were given an unusual challenge. They had to create a restaurant-quality meal that would also taste good if pureed into baby food. There were two winning dishes, Tamesha’s salmon with vegetable chowder, lobster stock, Thai basil, and licorice oil and Kenny’s curried chicken, mango salad, confit of butternut squash, and ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 16 – Britax B-Ready Stroller

I sat down to write today’s blog post about the Britax B-Ready stroller, but because this is such a new item (it just hit our warehouse yesterday) and I had SO much to say, I decided to give it its very own post, aside from the 31 Days of Giveaways. If you want all the details (and I do mean ... Read More »

Sidewalk Sale in Brookline this weekend

The Sidewalk Sale has become an annual tradition in Coolidge Corner, drawing bargain hunters from all over the Boston area. This year, our haul is better than ever with some amazing steals on baby gear and toys. Our team has been working so hard for the past few weeks to prepare for this, and now the trucks are packed up ... Read More »

Britax B-Ready Stroller – an in depth review

When Britax called a few months back and asked to schedule a time to come to Boston to show me a new stroller, I have to admit I rolled my eyes. Britax, a brand revered for quality and design in car seats, has been trying unsuccessfully to break in to the stroller category for years. I’ve never seen a stroller ... Read More »