Posts from: March 2015

NPN Member Exclusive Discount: 15% off Movement, Music & Messy Arts

Away We Play offers a variety of children's classes. The curriculum is based on the best of early childhood education practices and philosophies. The relationship created between children and movement, music and messy art, will foster successful socialization and self-esteem. The nurturing environment will stimulate the emotional, physical and intellectual growth of your children. It's a place where they learn through “play” and where creative expression is encouraged and lasting friendshi...

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 7:05 AM by Ellie Ander

8 Tips for Planning a Birthday Party

Well, we did it. We threw an epic birthday party to celebrate our 35th Birthday and hosted nearly 600 of or closest friends. This event took us about nine months to plan, which seems insane but to be honest, it was a ton of fun. I’d say, throwing a party for this many people is not for the faint of heart. It’s labor intensive and detailed but we’re getting some really wonderful feedback already and people are asking how we did it, so I thought I’d take a moment to share my top 7 tips for t...

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 8:10 AM by Christa Reed

3 Tips for Greener Beauty

The beauty industry has a dirty little secret. A lot of your favorite products that you use on yourself and your little ones contain ingredients in them that are not good for our bodies or the planet. The average woman uses 9-15 different products per day that contain up to 100 different ingredients. I don’t think this average woman was a new mom, because that number for me shrunk to 1 - soap, after my daughter was born. I began my journey into a more natural world, thrown into it really, ...

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 5:41 PM by Jenny Perillo

Have you tried same-day delivery with Google Express?

Google Express is new to the neighborhood. Now you can get everyday essentials and more, delivered direct to your home or office, same day. With stores like Costco, Treasure Island Foods, Toys"R"Us and more, you'll find everything you need – from tonight's dinner to tomorrow's art project. This way you can spend more time doing the things you love and leave the errands to Google Express.

NPN Member-only exclusive discount with Google Express: Enjoy $25 off your first order* and 3 month...

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 7:32 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive Discount: 15% Off 'Suite' Storage Solutions

My Storage Suite is a new, upscale, storage and services business located in the Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago. Their most common use-case is tenants seeking a convenient, climate controlled, clean space to keep things you're not comfortable leaving in a public storage facility or in the kennel cages many high rises offer tenants. They help people reclaim their lost living and closet space.

NPN members receive a 15% on all storage products offered for up to a year period. NPN Members ...

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 7:06 AM by Ellie Ander

14 Chicago Businesses with a Drive Thru or Curbside Service

I’ll be honest. My son was a colicky mess for six months. We didn’t get a stretch of sleep for longer than 3 hours at a time and he seemed to only sleep while moving. Luckily, it was a rather mild winter and the Uppa handled snowy sidewalks like a champ. We spent a lot of time aimlessly walking around the neighborhood so that he could sleep and I didn’t loose my mind. When it was too cold for that, like I imagine this winter is, we would drive. I would strategically go from drive thru to d...

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

CPS Part-Time Preschool Options You Can Apply For This Spring

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers a part-time, school-based, and affordable preschool program at select CPS schools across the city?  Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2015-2016 school year.

It’s called Chicago: Ready to Learn! (RTL), formerly called Preschool For All....

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Didi Lewis

Make $$$ This Spring!

Spring is here!  It’s time. Time to purge your kid’s closet and toy box of all those items that they simply don’t use anymore.

Instead of the usual practice of dropping off overstuffed garbage bags at your local thrift store, consider another option that will both streamline your closet AND improve your finances: sell your gently used items on consignment.

Worried that it will be too much work and not worth the effort? Think again. Here are a few tips from our six consignors that e...

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM by Kristin Myers

NPN Member Discount: 15% Off Your Spring Break in Lake Geneva, WI

Start your spring with a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark! For a limited time, enjoy 15% off great spring break rates* at Timber Ridge, the only all-season, all-suite destination of its kind in the Midwest. 

Featuring 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark excitement, Timber Ridge offers the Midwest's best four-season family adventure. Plus, with an arcade, kid-friendly food and access to all the great activities at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, you’re ...

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 6:07 AM by Ellie Ander

Springfest at the Beat Kitchen THIS SUNDAY!

It's time to shake off winter and kick off the Spring Concerts for Kids season with a PARTY!!! Fun for all ages, the SPRINGFEST (on 3/15) brings 4 local kindie favorites to the same stage, with a little fun in between from the Laser Comedy Show! They will have games, crafts, face painting, glitter tattoos and MORE all FREE with the price of admission.

Check out the line up:
11:00 - Mary Macaroni - Chicago's favorite magical musical clown! Great for the younger kids, and later she'll...

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 6:48 AM by Christa Reed