Posts from: May 2012

Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact – Helping the Elderly

What can you do it if an elderly person is lonely and doesn’t have family around to keep them company?

- Buy them a Dalmatian puppy! – Jackson, 5

Some of my fondest memories of growing up involve my Grandma Trudy.  As a child, my brother and I saw her at least once a week.  She was my mom’s go-to babysitter and our first choice as well.  Together we ventured to the library, yard sales, and sometimes even bingo. 

Our relationship with my grandma was good for everyone involved.  ...

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Parent-Approved Fun! 5 Outdoor Toy Picks

The weather has been a bit of a tease for spring - but serious outdoor fun is coming soon!  Get ready for lots of playtime all over Chicago with these parent-approved outdoor toy picks!  Visit the toy experts at Building Blocks Toy Stores, in Lakeview and Wicker Park, to help you find the perfect outdoor toy for your child or an upcoming birthday party. 

PLUS GIVEAWAY NEWS! Tell us about your favorite outdoor toy - just leave a comment below to get entered.  On Monday May 21 we will an...

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Katherine McHenry

Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?

Food is supposed to help children grow up healthy and strong. But for a growing number of kids, something as innocuous as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, scrambled eggs, or a glass of milk can cause problems -- and this can be a major source of anxiety for parents.

While a growing number of children are diagnosed with food allergies, a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed the prevalence of food allergy might actually be overestimated. “While allerg...

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 5:44 AM by Dr Sarah Weber

Summer Travels...With Kids!

Tips for Flying with Children this Summer

The summer travel season is right around the corner. While you may be excited to relax and get away, flying with an infant or toddler can be nerve-racking. Here are some tips to help you survive without breaking a sweat.

Buy the extra seat. It’s easier to keep your child seated and entertained when they are safely strapped into a car seat. It is tempting to save on airfare, but when you are fumbling for a wipe or another toy, it helps to ha...

Posted on May 09, 2012 at 5:53 AM by Alexandria Onion

Parent Perks! Discount on Your Chemical-free Home Cleaning

All Children's bedrooms cleaned for FREE for initial cleaning with Fresh Tech Maid.

Fresh Tech Maid is a premium green home cleaning company in Chicago Land. Fresh Tech Maid provides the safest, healthiest, and most reliable home cleaning services with chemical free and green cleaning technology, such as Active ION, true commercial grade HEPA vacuum, and triple certified green home cleaning products. We are the first home cleaning company in Chicago to provide Baby Healthy Home Cleanin...

Posted on May 08, 2012 at 8:43 AM by Ellie Ander

Plan a Little Kentucky Derby Playdate

All this talk about ponies, big hats, and mint juleps got me inspired to plan a Little Kentucky Derby Playdate with some friends this weekend!  Given our little friends have no idea what OR when the big Derby race happens, these adorable activites are good for any day of the year (and will be used again and again in our house)! 

#1. Mix up Mini Mint Juleps. Love this simple blackberry mint lemonade from!  The perfect faux-julep for friends of all ages.

#2. Big Hats Dress ...

Posted on May 04, 2012 at 11:05 AM by Sarah Cobb

Rainbow Carrots & Edamame Fried Rice

I don’t know about you, but in my house, fried rice is an absolute favorite! We all know fried rice may not be the best foods for you, but it sure is delicious.

Another thing I love about fried rice is that it can be very filling and satisfying, especially if you add in the right ingredients. Scrambled eggs is a great source of protein and is an ingredient staple in fried rice recipes. I also often use leftover roast chicken, even shredded pot roast or Italian sausage!

This re...

Posted on May 04, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Johanna M. Cook

NPN Silent Auction: Ready, Set, Bid!

The NPN Silent Auction is 100% online! Put in an early bid and don't worry about it - you will get an email notification if someone outbids you. It’s quick and easy to register and there is something for everyone - from Mother's Day Gifts to someone just for you.  Mark your calendar that bidding closes at 9pm on Sunday May 6th!  Start shopping at

More than $60,000 in family goodies - READY, SET, BID!

Register to bid or Sign In to Your Bidding for Go...

Posted on May 03, 2012 at 7:00 AM

BIG NPN Summer Website News

When Stephanie and I decided to start a family, we decided to return home to the U.S. to be closer to our families. We settled in Chicago and I found myself on the hunt for “dad-based” family activities. I started the Ravenswood Outdoor Movie Nights( last summer, and thus began my volunteer work with NPN.

My colleagues at NPN mentioned a desire to upgrade the NPN Discussion Forum to improve the user experience and expand into the mobile space. I had rec...

Posted on May 02, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Mark Rickmeier

Parent Perks! Discounts for Summer Fun!

Wahoo! The official start to summer is June 20th and NPN Partners want to give you ample time to get your plans in line. Check out these discounts to make summer fun!

Chicago Humanities Festival 10% off theatre tix to the 2012 season of Stages, Sights & Sounds performing arts festival. Shows include acrobatics, puppetry, Superman, & more. Ages 4 - teens and adults, too. Purchase tix by 5/9/12. Use code "npnoffer2012" online or phone. Read more

Wonderland Activities Center ...

Posted on May 01, 2012 at 2:40 PM by Ellie Ander