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Spilling the Beans

  • Retail reality check
    November 10, 2011

    Retail reality check

    Last month, two independent stores I admired very much announced they are closing their doors. These were talented, passionate retailers with an abundance of experience and good karma. This was a hard reality check for me. Retail is a tough...

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  • Patriotic pops
    June 28, 2011

    Patriotic pops

    I got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker from my sister and brother-in-law this past holiday season, and now that the weather’s warm I’m having waaaay too much fun with it. If you’ve never seen the Zoku, basically it’s this little...

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  • May 27, 2011

    Memorial Day Memories

    When I think of Memorial Day, I think of grills, sunny days, and burgers. I also remember all the fun I had  running around with my friends in the grass as a child. Whether or not you’re a parent, kids...

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  • April 18, 2011

    Easter Traditions

    My parents love Easter, and when I was a kid, they made the holiday extra-special with plenty of fun holiday traditions.  The first tradition was the egg decoration process: my dad, my sister, and I would sit outside on the...

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  • March 11, 2011

    Irish Soda Bread…for real

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got a special treat for you: a traditional take on Irish Soda Bread. Frequently, Irish Soda Bread that’s available in America contains raisins, orange zest, or other sources of sweetness. While very, very...

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  • Quick Gift Wrapping Tips
    December 16, 2010

    Quick Gift Wrapping Tips

    We always provide free gift wrapping at Magic Beans. However, some wrapping is  inevitably in your future this holiday season. So, here are a few tips for your wrapping ease and pleasure. 1. Use a nice strong paper. It will...

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  • December 10, 2010

    Stocking Stuffers: Small but Special

    There’s nothing like seeing a huge present with your name on it underneath the Christmas tree. Big boxes, wrapped in festive paper, topped with a red bows, can be the highlight of Christmas morning. But, who  says bigger is better?...

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