Category: Birthday & Holiday Planning

Holiday Drop-Off Lifesavers!

Do you have tons of stuff to get done before the holidays? Now you can shop, wrap and relax while the kiddos are in one of our favorite drop-off programs. 

Little Beans Café -  Drop and Shop Day Camp

Kids will play, take a class, do activities and eat lunch. This is run their camp leaders so it’s sure be lots of fun. Child must be 2.5-4.5 and potty trained.


Monday, Dec. 16th, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 10:00am-1:00pm

$35 per child (includes lunch)

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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM by Christa Reed

Family Friendly Holiday Activities You Can't Miss

I don't know about you, but I really like this time of year. There are more people everywhere--and I'm not someone who likes crowds. The parades of people seem to bother me less during what could be a frantic December. I feel friendlier. And even when I see others stressed because they couldn't find the gift they wanted to buy, they seem friendlier. Like, the season encourages a sense of "We're all in this together." I think of this as a season of sharing and connecting—so I look for speci...

Posted on December 06, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Christina Canright

NPN Kiddos Sound Off: What are you thankful for?

I am endlessly thankful for the Volunteers and Staffers that make NPN THE greatest parenting resource in the City. But I wanted to know what their kiddos were thankful for, so we asked them. Here's what they had to say:

Abby (2):  "Pinecones and Raisins"

Alex (3): "Ice cream"

Evie (6): "That my parents have enough money for food and shelter...and hot dogs"

Leela (7): "I am thankful for family and friends"

Isaac (2):  "Nature Museum" (Peggy Notebaert)

Jett (7): "For ...

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Quick and Easy Halloween Playdate Ideas

Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids, why keep it to just one night?!  

To make the holiday last longer, consider hosting a Halloween playdate with these fun and easy ideas for treats, games and a craft.


Rice Krispie Pumpkins: Your kids will be howling for more of these cute pumpkins.  In a pot over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and 40 marshmallows.  When they’re close to being melted, add in a few drops of orange food coloring to desired shade (you can als...

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Christine Jones

Sweet, fresh, & local gifts for Mother's Day #Giveaway

Mother's Day can send you into a last-minute tail spin - too many options, no time, and so much pressure to get it right.  When you think of your mom, wife, partner, friend, or co-worker - try this approach - sweet, fresh, and local.

**PLUS** Enter our giveaway with Sassy Moms in the City to win a gift package of Tru Blooms Fragrance and Vosges Haut-Chocolat truffles.  Enter here by 11pm CST tonight.  (1) winner will be announced tomorrow!

Try these 5 spring picks for a very happy ...

Posted on May 01, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Debbie Roever

Family Winter Survival Tips & Stroller Giveaway!

Not yet an NPN Facebook fan? Check out our Holiday Fun #Giveaway!! One (1) lucky fan will win a BOB Revolution SE Stroller & Britax Stroller Organizer ($477 value)! Click here to enter. Contest ends December 13th at 11:59 CST. 

Winter. Every year I wonder why we suffer through the bitter cold and endless gray skies and then I remember - we can't live in this great city without it!

For parents, winter presents other challenges, from fighting off cabin fever to dealing with a little o...

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Holiday Traditions

As parents, our first and most important job is providing our children with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and love.  But, I realized there is something else that is almost as important:  I am responsible for my daughter’s childhood experience – her childhood memories.  I want those memories to be unforgettable and in order to make that happen, I have to put the time and effort in now. 

One of the easiest ways to make positive childhood memories is by creating holiday trad...

Posted on December 07, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Erin Carlson

Kids + Gift Giving

It is important to invovle your children in the gift GIVING part of the holiday season....not just the gift RECEIVING.  This year I plan to show my kids (6 year-old son, 4 year-old daughter) how important and enjoyable gift giving is by including them in the process.

One of my favorite childhood, holiday memories was the year my brother, sister and I decided to exchange gifts.  We put a lot of thought and time into our selections.  Each of us wrapped items we already had (a favorite bo...

Posted on December 03, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Tonya Kauffman

Holiday Decorating How-To's

Happy November! Now that the Halloween costumes are packed away and all of the good candy's eaten, it's time to turn our excitement to the winter holidays! As a mom to three little girls (5, 3, and 11 months!) I know first-hand how easy it is to get overwhelmed with holiday decorations that are heavy on the construction paper and elmer's glue, light on your style. As amazing as those home-made decorations are, we all need a few corners here and there in our home that reminds us that yes, a...

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Stephanie Stopka

Tips for hosting a healthy, fun and memorable Thanksgiving & Giveaway

The countdown to Thanksgiving dinner is officially on!  At Centered Chef, we want our clients to know that it is possible to make food that is both healthy and delicious. Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect opportunity to put our philosophy to the test. Traditional Thanksgiving menus can be loaded with fat, sugar and artificial flavor enhancers. Our challenge is to create solutions (for Thanksgiving and every other day) that satisfy while remaining healthy. 

We've created a Thanksgiving...

Posted on November 08, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Artizone Artizone