Author - Ellie Ander

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Ellie first became involved with NPN as a parent member in 2009 with the birth of her son, finding comfort in a New Moms Group. More than six years later her son and four-year-old daughter are certainly giving her a run for the money! And congratulations to the Ander family on the birth of number three! They welcomed another boy in June of 2015. Ellie enjoys family-time most of all, but never looses her connection with the grownup world via work, play and date nights with her husband. Ellie and her family can often be found strollering around and goofing off at local parks and restaurants.

Parent Perks! Discounts on Fall Activities & School Readiness

As August comes to a close, perhaps you're starting to look forward to more established routines that generally fall within the school year. Let NPN and our generous Partner Members help you settle in, with the following fantastic discounts. 25% off across parent memberships. Enter promo code NPN25 during parent registration to receive instant discount. For over 10 years, has been helping parents find the right match with over two million caregiver profiles na...

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM by Ellie Ander

Parent Perks! 25% off Your Childcare Search with

Not too long ago I was in a baby sitting crises. Our beloved sitter had accepted a full-time position with benefits at a local daycare center and was putting in her *gasp* two weeks notice. I was very excited for her new endeavor, but... it was time to hit the pavement in search for another wonderful caregiver for our family. 

Hiring a new caregiver means remembering that the lines of communication need to be 100% open. As nervous as I was about introducing a new person into my childre...

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM by Ellie Ander

Parent Perks! Discounts to Help Relieve Pressure

Congratulaions are in order whether you're expecting or have just welcomed your brand new bundle of amazement. Find a little relief from all of the physical and emotional pressure of your changing lives with a few wonderful discounts below. These are just for you - our expecting and new mommies and daddies. NPN members click here to upgrade your free ad and save 50%. is a new, online resource created for parents, by parents, dedicated to helping families...

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM by Ellie Ander

Parent Perks! Hangin' Out at the Beach

"Can we go to the beach? Pllleassssse?!" Of course this tends to be more of a demand from my 3-year-old than a question. And with the littler one who is now enjoying her new found freedom of crawling, it conjures up all sorts of lists of stuff to bring to keep the kiddos safe and occupied. Followed by these lists are more internal questions: "Will I find parking? How far away from the beach? How hot is the car going to be when we get back to it?" Argh!

List #1: Keep 'em safe: 


Posted on July 03, 2012 at 9:05 AM by Ellie Ander

Parent Perks! Discounts on Indoor Play with Kookaburra Play Cafe

NPN members save 47% off a summer 3 month unlimited pass plus get a bonus $20 coupon for class registration and a $50 coupon for birthday party bookings.

Kookaburra Play Cafe is a vibrant indoor play space for the modern urban family, with a focus on design, creative expression, and social interaction. We offer eco-modern toys and furniture, stimulating educational classes, specialty coffees, Lovely Bake Shop pastries, and free wifi. We are conveniently located at 2267 N. Clybourn Ave...

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM by Ellie Ander

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

Parent Perks! Discounts on Hubbard Street’s Summer Dance Camps

25% off camp fees on participating Hubbard Street’s Summer Dance Camps.

Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program Experience the joy of dance through our unique and creative summer dance camps. Hubbard Street offers unparalleled experiences for dancers ages 18mos – 13 years taught by outstanding dance faculty.

Families and little dancers (18mos – 5yrs) explore creative movement through concept-based dance activities, developing gross motor skills, dance vocabulary and creativity.  Fun and...

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM by Ellie Ander

Perk Discount Alert! Sign up for Your FREE SquareCard

A SquareCard Means Savings on Parent-Approved Brands.

To celebrate the launch of its new Chicago SquareCard Program, SquareSpot is offering YOU an exclusive opportunity to sign up for a FREE SquareCard membership (normally $50)!

SquareSpot is an online marketplace dedicated to meeting the needs of discerning moms and families. Launching soon in Chicago with weekly Offers on family-friendly products, classes and services in your neighborhood, we’re different from a deal site. Everyt...

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM by Ellie Ander

Perk Alert! Keep the kids busy with

Plan your best summer ever with!

NPN members can start finding where the FREE fun is hiding this summer for less.  Get $15 off a yearly membership to, Chicago’s most comprehensive and searchable website for families.  That’s an entire year’s worth of kid-sized fun for only $34.90 (less than $3 a month).

With the dog days of summer on the horizon, it’s time to start filling up your summer dance card with kid-sized fun!  Let on the go Chicago hel...

Posted on April 03, 2012 at 2:05 PM by Ellie Ander

Perk Alert - Awesome Discount From Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films

Freeze your families precious moments with this discount from Bum Bul Bee Photo + Film. NPN members can take $150 off any Vignette purchased between 3/20/12 - 3/27/12 and booked before 12/31/12. For more information please visit or call 312.841.7427.

A modern twist on the Family Photo Album
Bum Bul Bee Vignettes are designed to be as easy as any on location photoshoot. All Vignettes include: Concept Consultation, 2 Hours Shooting On Location, Easy Online Sharing, DVD  with a Custom P...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM by Ellie Ander