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  • November 26, 2005

    Is that a dragon on your shoulder?

    Ever since Magic Beans opened, our Thanksgiving weekends have been a bit different. We still have lots of turkey and family time, but we also spend late nights in the store, remerchandising, cleaning and getting prepared for the Holiday season....

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  • November 24, 2005

    A Boon at Bathtime

    In the beginning, bathtime is so simple. It’s you, the baby and the washcloth with a bit of warm water, and maybe a rubber duckie or two. But as babies grow into toddlers, the bath toys begin to take over...

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  • November 24, 2005

    Hit one out of the park

    With all the mayhem surrounding the release of the XBox 360, it’s nice to see an interactive, indoor baseball game where the most complex technology is a spring-loaded mechanism that propels the batter. The Franklin Park Stadium Baseball Game, by...

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  • Rody makes it to Newsweek’s Tip Sheet
    November 24, 2005

    Rody makes it to Newsweek’s Tip Sheet

    Amen, sister. The current issue of Newsweek features the Rody on their Tip Sheet for great toys for this holiday season. This inflatable rubber horse is a personal favorite of mine, not to mention my kids, and it is one...

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  • November 22, 2005

    Equal Opportunity for Toddlers

    Keeping warm on a cold day is never easy, but parents get to worry about it twice over, once for themselves and once for their kids. There are a lot of products on the market designed to keep babies warm...

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  • November 22, 2005

    Who is Penelope Peapod?

    I get a lot of mail about new products. And I try really hard to look at everything I get, since I always want to have the new, great thing, whatever it may be. But a product has to be...

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  • November 20, 2005

    Daddy doesn’t need a diaper bag anymore

    The new Dad Gear Diaper Vest has finally arrived. This was one of my favorite items at the ABC Show in Las Vegas, where I dragged my dubious husband a half-mile through the convention center to try it on. But...

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  • November 20, 2005

    Special of the week – Cardboard boxes?

    Yesterday, the National Toy Hall of Fame announced its newest inductee – the cardboard box. The box, along with other 2005 inductees, Candy Land and the Jack-in-the-Box, will take its place alongside such classic toys like Lego, Frisbee, Raggedy Ann,...

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  • November 20, 2005

    Speaking of spiders

    While I am not personally a fan of spiders, this new remote-control tarantula is pretty outstanding. We spotted this fuzzy arachnoid at a small shop in Woodstock, VT a few weeks ago, and I was so impressed I ordered them...

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