Posts from: September 2012

To Sell or Not To Sell? Here Are Questions to Help!

Many people in Chicago are ready to sell their current homes and move on, but a home sale in this current real estate climate is, shall we say, not ideal.  If you are struggling with what to do with your current Chicago home, then the answers to these questions might help you navigate your situation:

1.  On paper, how much of a mortgage can you afford for a new home if you do NOT sell your current home?  


On paper, the bank is not going to count rental income on your current ho...

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Tom Brown

Top 5 Tips for Running with your Stroller

Does the upcoming Strollers in the Front 5K Run & Walk have you ready to hit the pavement?  Or maybe you are starting to see the long winter months stretching before you and you want to take advantage of the beautiful weather as long as possible. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Running With Your Stroller:

#1 - Use a jogging stroller- I highly recommend that if you are going to be doing any running with your stroller that you use a jogging stroller.  Jogging strollers are built for milea...

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jackie Dorris

All Dogs Go to Heaven - Lola's Story

Whether you are five years old or fifty-five years old, having your furry companion pass away is one of life's toughest moments. We all have people we love that we are scared to lose and ones whose losses we still tear up over, but a pet holds a different place in your heart. No one prepared me for what I was faced with this summer. When my pug Lola was suddenly diagnosed with the worst cancer possible and was given only a few weeks left to live, I wanted to crawl into a hole and stay ther...

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 7:17 AM by Karla Issa

Tuesday Parent Perks! Discounts on Yummy Food

It sure feels like fall. Grab the sweaters and cozy up with these discounts on great eats around Chicago. Don't forget to peruse the entire NPN Parent Perk site for more great discounts! Log in - It's a benefit to NPN membership!

Pizzeria Serio Enjoy East Coast style pizza in the heart of Lakeview / Roscoe Village. Kids eat free on Sundays and can watch their favorite pizzas tossed and baked in our 800 degree brick oven. Parents buy one pizza, get one 50% off. Click here for your NPN m...

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM by Ellie Ander

Loving Your Post Baby Body

Feeling good about your post baby body isn’t an easy task.  In fact, feeling good about your body is NEVER an easy task.  Like many women I’ve struggled with my own body image for years.  Much of that is because I love food, and as people who know me will tell you, I have a pretty hearty appetite for a woman.  There have been a few times in my life when I’ve looked in the mirror and said “ok, I can live with this”.  Strangely enough one of those times is now.  Sure I’m still carrying a few...

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Elise Jaffe

Gifted Option vs. Neighborhood School: Choosing What's Best for your Family

The Round 2 letter from Chicago Public Schools Office of Access and Enrollment arrived. The selective enrollment testing process had been low-key for our daughter. Instead of formal “prepping,” we maintained our routines and didn’t talk about the test. This approach may have backfired. Leela told me she mostly ignored the assessor’s questions, telling stories instead. “There goes that,” I thought.

Then Leela was offered a spot in a kindergarten options program! With one week to decide,...

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Jay Annadurai

Singing the Praises of Trail Mix – Especially For New Moms

Having a baby can be extremely overwhelming. And it’s natural for us to think of the baby first and ourselves last. The irony is that we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be the best moms and dads!

When my daughter was first born, I can’t even tell you how many times I found myself starving at random hours in the day and staring at an empty refrigerator (when was the last time I was able to go grocery shopping or actually cook a meal??). What I’d end up doing is heading to ...

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Master Running with Kids - Stroller Entertainment 101

Now this is where it gets interesting.  Running with a child not only requires the motivation to get out the door, but now you have to take your child’s attention span into consideration.  While it can be a ton of fun, it can be a bit tricky.

Here are a few tips that I received from some of my friends, Amy and Laura who often run with their little boys.  These tips will help me master stroller entrtainment when Grace is old enough to start expressing her opinion on our our fitness plan...

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Stone

Parent Perks! Perk up with flowers from Flowers By Stem

Flowers By Stem owner, Stephanie Cullerton Stopka, is a NPN mom to three little flower girls herself. As a big-time NPN fan she is thanking you for all of the info/help/support NPN members have given her over the past 5 years. NPN members receive a 25% discount on the following:


Floral design for weddings/events in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs ($500 minimum)

Annual subscription service for weekly flower arrangements for Chicago businesses and homes (weekly designs star...

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Sep 22 Preschool & Elementary School Fair - Must-Have Details

NPN School Fairs have been going since the early 80's!  But today, Chicago families are faced with more options, information, and confusion.  School fairs give parents the chance to interact with a diverse group of school, daycare, and enrichment program options all in one place at one time.  Stop by the NPN Table for a fantastic Box Tops for Education, Mabel's Labels, and NPN raffle!

Join us for the Sep. 22nd South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair - a FREE event where you can m...

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb