Author - Christa Reed


Christa joined NPN while expecting her son in 2011. She comes to us with a passion for connecting local families and trying new things. Born and raised a Chicagoan, she considers herself a “lifer” and loves taking her toddler to the zoo and exploring new parks in the area. With ten years of media experience, she holds a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Television Production and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  She lives with her son, and husband in her dogs' East Lakeview home.  

Day Off Camps in Chicago!

CPS is out of school on Friday (11/7), Tuesday (11/11) and Wednesday (11/12). Forget the scrambling and sign your kiddo up for one of these awesome Day-Off camps in the city. 

One Strange Bird: Full Day, $75. Themes include amazing animals, illustrated stories and science & art (Bucktown). 

Source 4 Chicago: Full Day, $70. Themes include learning, community, dance, language, creativity and fun (Andersonville). 

Kids Science Labs: Full Day, $70. Themes include engaging scien...

Posted on November 05, 2014 at 7:15 PM by Christa Reed

It's Crock Pot Weather!!!

Well, it finally happened. The weather turned and it’s time for us to hunker down and say hello to big sweaters and comfort foods. Before you know it, we'll be going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Wah! Let's take precautions and before we’re slammed with another polar vortex and get that pantry ready. The NPN Discussion Forum is full of user-tested, super easy crock pot recipes. So, place that Instacart order, throw on those slippers and keep these recipes handy for the n...

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Calling All Expectant Moms!

We know that being an expectant mom can be stressful and often full of anxiety. NPN is dedicated to connecting you with the resources you need to make navigating becoming a parent in the city just a little easier. We have got so much available to you this fall! Check out some of our hottest events!

What to Expect When You're Postpartum @ Bubbles Academy on October 22 @ 7pm

What To Expect When You’re Postpartum will answer many of the questions you may have about those first few wee...

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed

9 Social Media Rules for First Time Parents

I’ve been seeing a lot of weird stuff on social media lately and I thought it was time to say it aloud.

Dear FTP (or First Time Parent),

As much as you try to filter yourself, you’re annoying. And I mean that in the best way possible. You love your kids and you want to share them with the world.  They are indeed, ridiculously cute. Well, most of them are.

I get it. There isn’t etiquette per se on how to manage your social media feeds once your first baby arrives, so I thought I...

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM by Christa Reed

Lions and Tigers and Halloween, Oh My!

I know, it seems crazy to think about Halloween already but I'm not gonna lie, once that first pumpkin spice latte hits the lips, it's on. 

Like a switch, it's time for costume brainstorming, apple picking, weekend orchard chaos, all while figuring out what new foods I can force pumpkin flavoring into. Because we love the season so much we've got an action-packed Autumn ready to take your mind off of the glory that was Summer 2014. Here's our top five events you CANNOT miss: 


Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Last Minute Summer Bucket List Items!

Seriously, where did summer go? Some children are already back to school and I feel like it just got warm. Regardless, it's time to get to work on finishing that summer bucket list. We've put together some must-do things if you're looking to squeeze all that's left out of the season.

5. Morton Arboretum. Check out their Thursday Family Nights and enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden, Maze Garden, and Tree House Tal...

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

WIN End of Summer Soccer Bash Tickets!

I know, summer just barely got here. The weather has been weird and August is upon us already. For NPN, it's an exciting time! We're gearing up to get the kids back to school, vacations are ending and we're thinking about our super awesome September and October school fairs. So, before all of the crazy begins and we're into the full swing of Fall, let's get down and party!

Join us for the hottest family-friendly event of the summer at ChiTown Futbol on August 30th for the End of Summer...

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM by Christa Reed

Fresh from the Forum: Summer Hot Topics

Start the summer off right! NPN’s discussion forums are chock-full of posts on topics - from pampers to preschool. Summer is heating up and so are the forums.

One of our members started a great discussion on sunscreen/bug sprays that are best for the kiddos. How do you lather up your little one? Check out the discussion here.

Another started a super thread on the best parks with and without splashpads, check out the discussion here.

Someone wanted to find some new running songs...

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Christa Reed

Ready, Set, SHOP! NPN Silent Auction is Open!

The NPN Silent Auction is 100% online! Put in an early maximum 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 something just for you.  Remember, bidding closes Sunday May 4th at 9pm CST!  Start shopping here

More than $100,000 in goodies - READY, SET, SHOP!

Register to bid or Sign in to your Bidding for Go...

Posted on May 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Christa Reed

LAST DAY! FREE Chicago Athletic Club Membership with a New or Renewed NPN membership!

NPN is still the place to go for everything baby, kid, family, and parent-related! But this time, besides a year of NPN's unique membership benefits, we have an extra bonus for you!

Join NPN or renew your membership between April 1 - April 30 and receive a 1-month family membership valid in any Chicago Athletic Club location!

1 Month All Access CAC Family Membership includes up to 2 adults and children and must be redeemed by 7/15/14 (new CAC members only, valid at any Chicago Athl...

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed