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  • The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy sixth birthday!
    February 25, 2016 Dana

    The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy sixth birthday!

    Update 5/3/2017: The Best Toys for Birthday Presents for Kids of All Ages Approaching their sixth birthday, kids are tremendously creative, and have no problem deftly merging fantasy and reality with inventive results. At GreatSchools.org, in an article on child development...

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  • 8 and counting: then and now
    July 7, 2012 Sheri

    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...

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  • Ten
    April 27, 2012 Sheri

    Ten

    I’m sitting at my desk typing this post almost exactly 10 years to the minute after giving birth to my first child. She came into the world, reluctantly and with the help of a pair of forceps, at 1:57am on...

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  • The rainbow cake connection
    April 16, 2012 Sheri

    The rainbow cake connection

    So of course my daughter found her birthday cake on Pinterest this year. Seems appropriate, right? She was looking over my shoulder one day and two months later, when I asked if she wanted anything in particular for her birthday...

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  • Nine :o
    April 28, 2011 Sheri

    Nine :o

    (Flashback) 4/27/02 After laboring through most of April 26th, 2002, I finally gave birth to my daughter in the wee hours of April 27th, with the assistance of a formidable pair of forceps. I was 25 years old and I...

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