{Design Board} Shared Camping Nursery

ilissaNursery Design

A friend recently asked me if I had any ideas for a shared bedroom between her children. They range in age from unborn to age 4, 3 boys and a girl. I came up with a camping theme. Here’s some inspiration for you! 1 Monaco II Glider, $698, Rosenberry Rooms 2 Fred – Cardboard Moose Trophy, $51, Cardboard Safari 3 Personalized Kids Adirondack Chairs, $59, Pottery … Read More

{Product Review} Stork Stack

ilissaPregnancy, Product Review, Toddler Needs

As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of all the new baby subscription services that have debuted in the past year. Many I have reviewed, but I have to say this is one of my new faves. Stork Stack sent out it’s first boxes this June. They were beautifully packaged, down to the fun print on … Read More

{Local Biz} Berrylicious Bouquets

ilissaLocal Peeps, Product Review

Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing (and sampling) some delicious strawberries from Berrylicious Bouquets. The bouquet that was delivered was The Sweet Dozen Bouquet. It was yummy! They were chocolate covered berries & some had special toppings. My fave topping berry was the coconut covered berry. The other toppings that were included were flower sprinkles, sanding sugar, and the … Read More

My Blue Birdie

ilissaWebsites To Check Out

Ah, the day is finally here! Tomorrow at 6am(PST) aka: 9am here in NY, MyBlueBirdie.com launches! My Blue Birdie is a great new website. It’s like having a personalized shopping experience for baby, customized to your lifestyle and needs, as well as the age of your baby. You can sign up for emails that tell you which products are recommended for your … Read More

{Local Mompreneur} Olive Naturally

ilissaLocal Peeps, Mom's Corner, Product Review

To round off National Small Business Week I’d like to tell you abour Olive Naturally. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kara, the owner of Olive Naturally. While pregnant with her first child Kara decided to make her body the healthiest it could be to grow a healthy baby. She discovered that the products that were … Read More

{Local Mompreneur} Audrey’s Tutus

ilissaLocal Peeps, Product Review, Toddler Needs

Since it’s National Small Business week I thought today would be a great day to start the first of a series of posts I’ll be doing on local mompreneurs. I came across mom Keri Horlacher, the owner and creative brain behind Audrey’s Tutus, on the  SaratogaMama Swap Group (on Facebook). Keri is a Navy wife, and mom to 5-month old Audrey. … Read More

{Movie Review} What to Expect When You’re Expecting

ilissaMovie Reviews, Pregnancy

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid, Chace Crawford, Chris Rock, Matthew Morrison, Rodrigo Santoro, & Rebel Wilson. Released in Theaters: May 18th, 2012 Based on the book of the same title, the movie follows the lives of 5 couples in Atlanta on their journeys to parenthood. It incorporates the usual pregnancy related humor. … Read More

{Product Review} Drool Monkey

ilissaProduct Review

Product Review: Drool Monkey Company: Drool Monkey Organics Price: $32 So when I went to the ABC Expo last September I had the privilege to meet the founder of Drool Monkey Orgnanics, Kamala Corkin. She was such a sweetheart. She basically developed the Drool Monkey when her daughter was born so she could have a clean, hygienic, and organic teether … Read More

Where to Meet New Mama Friends!

ilissaLocal Peeps, Pregnancy, Toddler Needs

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, “Where can I make new mom friends?” Here’s my list on the best places to meet new moms, and make those connections, in Saratoga County. 1     Music Classes: Kindermusik by Hostetler Music Studio in Saratoga is fantastic! The price is sometimes scary at first, but rest assured you get a ton … Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Picks 2012

ilissaMom's Corner, Product Review

1 Citrus Lane, Pampered Pregnancy Box, $65. Everything needed to pamper the mama-to-be. 2 Pokeberry Mary, Etsy, Custom Family Portrait (on wood), $180. It takes a little while to have these made, so you might have to write mom an IOU for it, but definitely worth the wait. 3 Uncommon Goods, Birth Announcement Pillow, $80. A custom pillow with all the info on … Read More