Category: Living in Chicago
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You know that commercial where the guy is like, "I'm never getting married." He gets married. Then he says to his wife, "We're never having kids." And then they have kids. And then he says, "We're never moving to the suburbs." And they obviously move to the suburbs. Yeah, that was kinda me. Not so much the marriage and kids part, but I definitely thought I'd never move to the suburbs. ***Cue all the suburbanites laughing at me in unison.***
My husband and...Posted on May 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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Has it been awhile since you last had a date night with your partner? (Note: PTA meetings don't count.)
Let NPN's Online Silent Auction help you out! Our auction, open for bidding now through May 1, is full of fun date night ideas and gift certificates to some of the city's best restaurants. Not only that, but you can also bid on babysitters to watch your kids while you go out on the town!
Here are some of our favorite date-night ideas up for b...Posted on April 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM
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International Pillow Fight Day (yes, this is a thing) was April 2, 2016, and Chicago was woefully unrepresented.
While people in cities all over the world—from Tallinn, Estonia to Sydney, Australia to Atlanta—were gathering in public squares to joust each other with soft, fluffy rectangles, Chicagoans just went about their business, oblivious to the fun they were missing out on.
Luckily, there is no rule tha...Posted on April 05, 2016 at 8:01 AM
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Vinted Kids is a new online marketplace to sell the kids’ gear your family has outgrown and to buy the big ticket baby and kids items you want without the big price tag. It's an offshoot of the Lithuanian peer-to-peer preloved marketplace, Vinted.
Vinted Kids chose Chicago as its first U.S. launch city! Learn more about Vinted Kids from Kristin Cheuvront, a local ambassador for Vinted Kids, below.
What is Vinted Kids?
Vinted...Posted on March 25, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Yes, there's a looming CPS teachers' strike, and the presidential election becomes more farsical every day, but no one is talking about a very serious problem that's plaguing Chicago moms. No one, that is, except for NPN members.
That very serious problem? Those tiny holes that appear at the bottom of T-shirts, at the level of your jeans' button. What causes these vexing holes, which ruin our favorite T-shirts? Is it moths? Seat belts? Laundry detergent? Washing dishes?
NPN member...Posted on March 11, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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When someone asks whether a restaurant is "kid-friendly," that's often code for: "How tolerant is the staff about my kid throwing his chicken fingers on the floor just for kicks, escaping his seat to take a lap around the restaurant and having two meltdowns before the appetizers arrive?" But beyond being understanding that kids will be kids, kid-friendly restaurants also have a menu filled with things kids will like, plenty of highchairs and booster seats, s...Posted on March 04, 2016 at 1:18 PM
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Are you, like my husband and me, raising two kids in a two-bedroom condo or apartment? Are you wondering how long your family will fit or wishing you had more space? We do, too. But as parents of two boys (seven and nine years old), we have grown to love life in our little place. We’ve enjoyed living here longer than we thought we would, and you might enjoy several more years, if not a lifetime, in your small home. Here’s why.
Small homes are easy to...Posted on February 11, 2016 at 11:23 AM
With Christmas two weeks away and Hanukkah ending on December 14, it's officially crunch time for holiday gift-buying. Many of our members are posting desperate pleas on our main discussion forum for gift ideas for everyone from teachers to teenagers. As usual, NPN members came to the rescue with great ideas!
Find gift suggestions for:
4 year old boy
5-6 year old girl
6-7 year old boy
Maybe you always knew you’d wind up in Chicago. Maybe Chicago is the last place you thought you’d be when you started raising a family (insert raised hand here). In either case, Chicago is home now, and for me, the distance to my own family never felt as great as when I started having kids of my own.
While I still feel pangs of jealousy when I hear another mom talk about dropping off her kids at her sister’s house for impromptu afternoon cousin playdates or romantic long weekends away ...Posted on December 09, 2015 at 2:19 PM
Are you going to spend Black Friday on the couch putting leftovers in your face, or are you going to brave the stores and possibly get into a fist fight over a TV? Or, will you have the best of both worlds: surfing online for deals with one hand while eating with the other?
Our members are talking about their Black Friday strategies—which stores to hit, which to avoid, debating whether there are actual deals to be had in stores or online—because it's never to early to plan the Thanksg...Posted on November 20, 2015 at 9:53 AM