Category: Birthday & Holiday Planning

Time to stuff those stockings!

Its funny how you just assume that everyone celebrates Christmas the way your family celebrated Christmas.  Then as you start to share a home with your spouse, and you quickly learn that your spouse’s family did not quite do it the same way mom did!  The first Christmas my hubby and I spent together I was shocked (…and a bit disappointed) to find toothpaste, Chapstick and socks in my stocking.  Where were the chocolate/almond Hershey Kisses, perfume and costume jewelry my mom always put in...

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

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Posted on December 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM by Melanie Schlachter

Fresh from the Forum: Favorite Holiday Activities

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from sleeping training to warm winter apparel!

As we are getting in the holiday spirit, the discussion board is buzzing with ideas for ways to celebrate that are unique to Chicago.


Recently, one of our members started a thread on their Favorite Holiday Fun Things To Do around the city. Check out the holly jolly happenings around town, such as taking a ride on the CTA Holiday Train and the Winter Hol...

Posted on December 08, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

THE Chicago Birthday Party Guide

Planning a birthday party was so easy for our parents.  They hung streamers and balloons, made a cake, invited kids, played “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” and called it a day.  I suppose that if we had more space in our city dwelling, it would be that easy for us, too.  That just isn’t the case for most city parents.  We have limited space to entertain all of our kids’ friends and most of our kids need more direction than one simple game or they become unruly.

Enter the Chicago birth...

Posted on December 07, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Beth Cohen Dorfman

Keep up with Gift Giving without Breaking the Bank

Holidays…Again?  It’s amazing how fast the time flies and then it’s time to buy dozens of gifts for friends and family. It can get expensive. There is a way around this and that’s to be a little creative and use some elbow grease. Here are just a few ways you can have fun and make your holiday gifts at the same time.

Photo Books

Make a photo book of the latest fun photos of you and your children and send it to your family members and friends. It’s a special and personal gift t...

Posted on December 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Jessica Schanberg

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt - Chicago City Style

Wear out your little ones with this easy and fun urban adventure! Don't let bad weather stop you - if its just a little rainy - get our your coats, boots, and umbrellas and splash around.  If it's cold, keep the fun indoors and come up with your own list of unusual inside items.

For the great outdoors - head straight out your front door with this list and a marker.  Stroll around your neighborhood and start the hunt! Add your own items to help your little ones have an outstanding adventure...

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Recruit Little Helping Hands This Thanksgiving

The air these days is heavy with anticipation. Trees are arriving by the truckload, Starbucks is playing holiday music, and the rest of the retailers have festooned their walls with garland and Christmas baubles.

Hang on. What date is it again?

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday madness. It’s all so sparkly, so festive. To borrow a line from of my favorite Yuletide ditties, “we [all] need a little Christmas,” especially in these uncertain and troubled times.

I get i...

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Cooking with Kids - Thanksgiving Fun!

With Thanksgiving upon us, Elena Marre of The Kids' Table has shared a few fall favorites from The Kids' Table recipe collection.  These healthy, tasty and seasonal dishes can warm your families' bellies and souls during these chilly late autumn and winter months.  Turn meal prep into family time by enlisting your child(ren)'s help.  Kids as young as two can mix batter or dressing, mash squash and tear herbs.  By helping in the kitchen, children will learn about basic cooking techniques an...

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elena Marre

Halloween Can Be Too Spooky if You're Two!

Halloween can be, well spooky for little ones aged 12-36 months. Do not be surprised if your baby pumpkin seemed very calm celebrating at 9 months and 1 year later wants nothing to do with tricks or treats. It is common for children in this age range to be nervous about the strange costumes and unfamiliar appearances of those around them for Halloween. They do not yet have the ability to know that under that costume is their friendly neighbor or even their own big brother. So just be prepa...

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM by Sara Sladoje

October Fun: City Scarecrows to Ghouly Goodies

The weeks leading up to Halloween are full of outdoor adventures and easy ways to craft up a storm!  Here is our pre-Halloween plan.  Here's our plan - what's on your agenda???


Make some paper plate ghosts to ghoul up your entry way
Create your own Halloween wreath or hit up Paper Source to "make" your own (e.g., owl door wreath)
Pretzel fun - try these ghostly goodies for your next play group
Make some silly and sometimes creepy Halloween snacks!


Posted on October 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb