Category: Birthday & Holiday Planning
Start Your New Year Off Right
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If you are looking for some GREAT ideas on New Years Resolutions that you may actually be able to stick to, check out this discussion on what some other parents are doing to make themselves a little better in 2014.
Need some budgeting tips for the new year? See what these NPN parents do to save a buck or two. What about some tips on how to lose...Posted on January 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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)
Wo...Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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