NPN Moms in Business - Get to know Caitlin

NPN's Moms in Business brings aspiring and established mom entrepreneurs/business-owners together for networking, fun, and great resources. Katherine McHenry of Building Blocks Toy Store, our NPN Volunteer leader, aims to host monthly events at a featured mom's business.  This month's event is being held at newly opened Urbababy, a Lincoln Park community baby store, which is founded by NPN member and mom Marti Goyal.  For the fun part, Head2Toe will be pampering the moms all evening!

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM by Katherine McHenry

Babysitter needed ASAP?

“I need a babysitter now!” Does that sound familiar to you?  If you dream about date nights or simply a solo trip to the grocery store, the info  below will help you  make the best decision about occasional or part-time childcare for your family.

Know Who You Are Working With

Ensuring the safety of your kiddos is of utmost importance, so babysitters should be screened just as you would a nanny or daycare provider.  Even if they are only responsible for the care of your children for...

Posted on July 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM by Kayme Pumphrey

Cruise Out of Town - Family Style

Fuel up and hit the road on one of these quick family-friendly road trips! BONUS #1: NPN Parent Perk - get the book for just $8 (ltd. availability) - Email to order. BONUS #2: RSVP for an adventure story time with Elisa at Kookaburra on 7/18 (space is ltd.).

GURNEE AREA, ILLINOIS

Stop Here:

Lambs Farm. Pygmy goats (and more) sidle up for rubs and kisses. Mini golf, kiddie train, old-fashioned carousel and cow bounce house too.

Six Flags Great America. Haven’t been in awhile...

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM by Elisa Drake

Perk Alert! Discounts Especially for Expectant & New Parents

We here at NPN wanted to be sure that you saw the great discounts posted last week just for new parents and parents-to-be. These businesses are NPN partners and another great 'perk' of your NPN membership.

Accredited Domestics  - Use the experts to help find your babysitter, nanny or housekeeper, whether part-time or full-time. NPN members save 20% off the placement fee... (read more).

Safe Baby Boundaries - Baby proof before your little one is a mover and shaker. Members schedule ...

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM by Ellie Ander

Need a Playgroup for #2-why not hijack one?

When my daughter, Evie, was born in the winter of 2006, I quickly realized how isolating it can be to have a baby.  Add to that the fact that she was a spitter-upper, a loud crier AND it was a freezing cold February and I thought I was going to lose my mind!  Thank goodness for my NPN New Moms Group.  Meeting other women who were going through similar changes, challenges and successes saved me in many ways.  These women were integral to my survival for Evie’s first year and I love that I s...

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Portage Park

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop: Portage Park with Lisa - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

My husband and I moved to Portage Park ten years ago, a good five years before we had kids.  We moved here because we liked the safe, quiet neighborhood, the affordable housing, the easy parking and the access to Metra and the Blue Li...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM by Lisa Falconer

When children give back, Everyone wins

Chicago families share fantastic advice on how to navigate parenting in the city in our NPN Parent to Parent Newsletter.  Thanks to Beth, our NPN New Moms Groups Manager, for this great article - here is a glimpse. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 


Since our daughter Evie turned three, we’ve been giving her an allowance for “helping out” around the house. Each Sunday we give her three quarters: one for her “spending jar,” one for her piggy bank and one for her “Tzed...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM

And baby makes 4…how to adjust to being a family on the go with two in tow!

Since NPN was founded in 1980, Parent to Parent Newsletter has been a fun way for parents to share their advice on how to navigate parenting in Chicago.  Thanks to Cindy McCarthy, founder of www.onthegochicago.com, for this great article - here is a glimpse. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 

My hubby and I may have taken our own sweet time to have number one, but we didn’t waste any time having number two. We welcomed our second daughter less than 14 months after our fi...

Posted on July 06, 2011 at 8:44 PM by Cindy McCarthy

Great July Events Around the City with NPN

One look at our July calendar and you will see tons of great events all around the city for you and your family or just for you.   Go to My Account to manage your mailing list preferences so you receive all the information and emails you need.   Our events fill up fast and when you subscribe to a mailing list, you’ll be the first to receive event announcements.  

Just for New Moms, Expectant Parents and Second-time Parents:

July 13:  Bring your Baby to the Movie@ Showplace ICON The...

Posted on July 04, 2011 at 11:09 AM by Amy Johnson

Summer News for Expectant & New Parents

Baby on the way or brand new mom? Turn to NPN for the resources you need to get a handle on some serious changes heading your way. Happy 4th of July from all of us!

Sassy Moms Get Fit - use code NPNPerk for $10 off VIP tickets to these Sassy Moms in the City events with fitness guru & new mom Sara Haley (ltd. tickets available):


Fit & Healthy Moms-to-Be (7/12) - Pregnant and ready to take fitness to the next level

Sassy Moms Get Fit (7/14) - Tackle those last 5 po...

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM