Posts from: September 2012

Baby Food Making - The Whole Foods Way

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have a split personality.   One is Everyday Taylor (the practical one) and the other is Fantasy Taylor.  My fantasy self wears high heels, has a spotless house, and, even though the CTA is my personal chauffeur, I get everywhere 10 minutes early.  My everyday self knows high heels hurt, the house just passes inspection, and that I’m always running 10-15 minutes behind.  Occasionally, the lines get blurred and Fantasy Taylor attempts to dominate Everyda...

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Taylor Dyer

Countdown to an Organized Fall


Now that September is here, our laid back summer activities are being replaced by a more structured fall schedule. Prepare yourself and your home for new routines with these organizing tips and ideas for getting out the door faster: 


This weekend: Purge


Clear out outgrown (or no longer loved) coats, hats, gloves, and shoes so it is easier to find what you need when you need it.

Once you have a bag of items to donate, find a great organization that needs them...

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Sarah Nelson

Are You Tired of Time-Outs?

Your patience is running low, your frustration is running high, and your kid is running everywhere!  We’ve all had bad days when we’ve used up everything in our bag of tricks and nothing seems to calm the craziness.  Managing your child’s difficult behavior can be overwhelming, especially when it is a constant battle.  Often when children aren’t behaving well on the outside, they aren’t feeling well on the inside.  If time-outs and other traditional discipline methods don’t seem to be work...

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Allison Levine

Run plus one - Your new Stroller Workout

Staying fit through pregnancy is highly recommended and has many benefits. It also takes major dedication as our bodies change and we are preparing for two.  As my daughter entered the world 10 days late, with fairly easy labor, and can absolutely attribute my smooth labor to being fit.

When I'm asked by other mommies when they should start again, it’s tough to tell because of everyone is so different.  Every woman needs to listen to her healthcare provider and her own body as some wom...

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Stone

Parent Perks! Hot, Delicious Pizza Delivered Fresh to Your Door!

With football season upon us, it's time to enjoy pizza specials with Armand's Pizzeria!

Buy any pizza, get the second one of equal or lesser value for half price every Saturday, Sunday and Monday night. OR, buy any 16" or 18" pizza and receive $5 off. Offers are valid now through 9/31/12. Call 773 463-5200 or click here to order online!

Select your favorite pizzas & healthy salads directly from the menu of Armand's Pizzeria located at 4159 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618. Arma...

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM by Ellie Ander

NPN 2012 School Fairs - What to Expect & How to Prepare

School Fair season has arrived! Since Chicago School Search is so overwhelming and parents want to make the most of their School Fair visit, we are here to help you get ready! 

The fair is set up as an expo with school, enirchment program, and childcare exhibitors set up in rows around the room.  Attendees can walk around and talk with representatives from public and private preschool and elementary schools, non-profits, and businesses with activities and services that cater to little ones...

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Planning Ahead - High School Hidden Gems

How quickly time flies!  It seems like just yesterday that I was walking shoulder to shoulder with fellow toddler parents at my first NPN School Fair, held in a school gymnasium in those days.  As I scanned the booths of various schools, I soon realized that there were far more schools than those that I had heard about through the buzz of playgroup talk.  So many schools with so many programs and teaching styles I had no idea existed!  While I felt the worry of choosing the right school, a...

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for September 8 & 9

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - September 8 & 9 - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!








From ice cream socials to harvest hoedowns, family fun abounds all over Chicagoland!  Grab the kids, and go have some kid-sized fun!

#1. Old Town Playdate - Harvest Hoedown with Little Miss Ann & Maria McCullogh


Old Town School of Folk Music - Lin...

Posted on September 07, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Cindy McCarthy

New Parent Survival To-Do List

You’ve read every book, taken all the classes necessary, purchased every gadget and decorated the most perfect nursery in preparation for your little one to arrive.  You are about to embark on the most exciting adventure of your life: parenthood.  Say hello to your new daily to-do list of feeding the baby, burping the baby, changing diapers, doing laundry, trying to get some sleep and repeating.  The Culinistas, a weekly home chef service, want to jazz up your latest to-do list with tips t...

Posted on September 07, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Jill Donenfeld

5 Ways to Rock Your Core Before & After Baby

An expecting AND new mom have similar physical needs, core strength! Core strength is the ability to use your body’s power center – the center of your body – to power you through life’s daily movement. Pregnancy and motherhood is a true test of core strength!

What is your core? The core includes all muscles that attach to the spine and hip; upper postural muscles, abdominals, pelvic floor and back muscles. All of these muscles undergo a tremendous amount of stress during pregnancy and ...

Posted on September 06, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cassandra Hawkinson