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Spilling the Beans

  • Recapitulation
    January 21, 2010


    I thought this might make a nice Wordless Wednesday post (my first, but whatever). Then I realized, it’s been pretty wordless around here for a few weeks, and a little explanation might be in order. See, here’s the thing. People...

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  • December 22, 2009

    Give and let give

    Two things happened this past week that reminded me why this is called the season of giving. First, on Friday we asked our customers to help us collect as many toys as possible for a Boston-area event called Christmas in...

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  • October 23, 2009

    Happy 4th Blogiversary

    Hard to believe it’s been four years since I started blogging, but the dates don’t lie (and neither do my archives). We’ve been doing the blog thing so long, we’re practically dinosaurs. I don’t always post as often as I’d...

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  • October 12, 2009

    Will you get one?

    In three days, we’re closing the mailing list for our annual catalog. This project is literally a labor of love; we handpick the products with input from everyone in the company, while our in-house, multitalented design team works overtime to...

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  • One.
    August 5, 2009


    I remember when I buckled you into your car seat for the first time, heading home from the hospital. I thought, slow down, remember this. By the third time around, I knew already. It goes way too fast. Last summer,...

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  • August 1, 2009

    31 and out.

    Once upon a time, there was a girl… fine, a woman, who dreamed of owning a toy store (with some baby gear, too). She joined forces with her husband, her brother-in-law and many other talented people. She thought it would...

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  • July 31, 2009

    The second plague

    People always assume that owning a toy/baby store is all fun and games. Isn’t it? This summer, we started selling live frogs through a company called Wild Creations. The African Dwarf Frog species is, by all accounts, hardy and well-suited...

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  • July 27, 2009

    The dark side of influence

    Fresh off the heels of BlogHer, I am home feeling very inspired and slightly unsettled. The “mommyblogger” movement has been gaining momentum for some time now and big corporate America has bowed to their power on more than one occasion....

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  • New babies = quiet blog
    January 26, 2009

    New babies = quiet blog

    January is always a hectic month for us – 2009 toy catalogs come pouring into the office, we do inventory, strategy meetings, annual performance reviews and get the kids back into the swing of things at school. So when my...

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