International Adoption Story

ilissaHot Topics, Mom's Corner

Here’s our story on a friend’s experience with international adoption. “About ten years ago my husband and I decided it was time for us to start our family and that we wanted to adopt. We spent a lot of time researching different types of adoptions and the pros and cons of facilitating the adoption ourselves or through an agency. For … Read More

National Adoption Day!

ilissaHealth & Safety, Hot Topics, Mom's Corner

So this past Saturday was National Adoption Day. I thought it would be really great to share with you 2 wonderful adoption stories. The first is a domestic (within the USA) adoption story & the second is an international adoption story. Both of these families are close friends with mine, so it was so wonderful to read these stories. So … Read More

{Product Review} Pye Brook Candle Co.

ilissaMom's Corner, Product Review, Uncategorized

While perusing Facebook the other day I came across this great candle company, Pye Brook Candle Co., so of course I had to find out more info! Candle connoisseur, and Pye Brook Candle Co. founder, Stacey Ovanes, toyed with the idea of candle making shortly after leaving a successful 20-year career as an Executive Recruiter to spend more quality time … Read More

A Round of Applause

ilissaLocal Peeps, Uncategorized

As today is the eve of my Pop-Up Holiday Shop grand opening I thought I’d take the opportunity to thank everyone who has brought me this far. A big thanks to the Binx Facebook community! It is awesome to interact with you all on a daily basis. To get feedback almost instantly is wonderful. I couldn’t have done it without … Read More

{Product Review} Boba Air

ilissaProduct Review

Inside this little pouch there’s a secret. This little pouch transforms into a full size baby carrier! This little pouch is also small enough to fit inside a purse, diaper bag, or glove box! This is the Air by Boba. Who wouldn’t be skeptical of a baby carrier that folds up this small. My first thoughts before testing were 1.     … Read More

{Product Review} The Puj Snug & The Puj Flyte

ilissaProduct Review, Toddler Needs

  I was thrilled to receive the Puj Flyte tub & their new Snug faucet cover to review. I have been a Puj follower forever! Huge fan of the original Puj tub, it’s one of my go-to baby shower gifts. However it does have it’s flaws. Sometimes it’s just a little to big for the sinks of some of the … Read More

{Product Review} The Zen Swaddle

ilissaHealth & Safety, Product Review, Uncategorized

I was thrilled to received the Zen Swaddle by Nested Bean a few weeks ago. It is a revolutionary swaddler. The Zen Swaddle has parts on the swaddler that are weighted to mimic the feeling of touch by a parent. They’re like bean bags in the swaddler. The weighted parts are on the chest part (where you see the baby … Read More

{Product Review} BubbleBum Booster Seat

ilissaHealth & Safety, Product Review

As a Child Passenger Safety Technician I was a little wary at first of an inflatable booster seat. Let me tell you how wrong I was!! I was lucky enough to be able to take a webinar on some new transportation safety products a few months back. Melissa Farrell, the vice president of BubbleBum, gave a great presentation on their … Read More

{Product Review} The Mixie Bottle

ilissaProduct Review

  So I first heard of, and saw, the Mixie bottle last year at the ABC Expo. I was a little skeptical, but a few weeks ago I received a sample bottle, so I was glad to test it out myself. I have to say it is very convenient and it does work. Here’s what it’s all about: The Mixie … Read More