Please, No Capris! Fashion Tips from the Lakeview Group Mom's Night Out

Every day I open my closet to find…tons of clothes but nothing to wear. Whatever the day calls for, a play date in the park or an evening concert with my husband, I feel lacking in the fashion department.  After wearing maternity clothes for the better part of year and now wearing a uniform of t-shirt/jeans most days at home with my daughter, “fashion” has fallen to the wayside.

Needless to say I was thrilled when fashion consultant, Noelle Cellini, spoke out the NPN Lakeview Club’s Ju...

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

NPN Parent Review: Cirque du Soleil OVO

Special Giveaway just for NPN: We have 2 pairs of tickets to share with our NPN parents for the Wednesday Aug. 17th 8pm show.  Just email hi@npnparents.org by Friday July 29th and tell us why you are excited to see OVO with (or without) your little ones.  Winners will notified via email.  NOTE: Winning tickets are non-refundable and no exchanges.

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I've seen many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years, and I never considered them to be "family...

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM by Sue Zeiler

NPN Moms in Business - Get to know Caitlin

NPN's Moms in Business brings aspiring and established mom entrepreneurs/business-owners together for networking, fun, and great resources. Katherine McHenry of Building Blocks Toy Store, our NPN Volunteer leader, aims to host monthly events at a featured mom's business.  This month's event is being held at newly opened Urbababy, a Lincoln Park community baby store, which is founded by NPN member and mom Marti Goyal.  For the fun part, Head2Toe will be pampering the moms all evening!

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM by Katherine McHenry

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Independence Park and Old Irving Park

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Independence Park & Old Irving  Park with Cyrus - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

When my wife and I moved to the Independence Park neighborhood 4 years ago we had yet to start our family and weren’t sure how easy it would be to transition to a new part of the city so far removed from o...

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Babysitter needed ASAP?

“I need a babysitter now!” Does that sound familiar to you?  If you dream about date nights or simply a solo trip to the grocery store, the info  below will help you  make the best decision about occasional or part-time childcare for your family.

Know Who You Are Working With

Ensuring the safety of your kiddos is of utmost importance, so babysitters should be screened just as you would a nanny or daycare provider.  Even if they are only responsible for the care of your children for...

Posted on July 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM by Kayme Pumphrey

Cruise Out of Town - Family Style

Fuel up and hit the road on one of these quick family-friendly road trips! BONUS #1: NPN Parent Perk - get the book for just $8 (ltd. availability) - Email to order. BONUS #2: RSVP for an adventure story time with Elisa at Kookaburra on 7/18 (space is ltd.).

GURNEE AREA, ILLINOIS

Stop Here:

Lambs Farm. Pygmy goats (and more) sidle up for rubs and kisses. Mini golf, kiddie train, old-fashioned carousel and cow bounce house too.

Six Flags Great America. Haven’t been in awhile...

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM by Elisa Drake

Perk Alert! Discounts Especially for Expectant & New Parents

We here at NPN wanted to be sure that you saw the great discounts posted last week just for new parents and parents-to-be. These businesses are NPN partners and another great 'perk' of your NPN membership.

Accredited Domestics  - Use the experts to help find your babysitter, nanny or housekeeper, whether part-time or full-time. NPN members save 20% off the placement fee... (read more).

Safe Baby Boundaries - Baby proof before your little one is a mover and shaker. Members schedule ...

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM by Ellie Ander

Need a Playgroup for #2-why not hijack one?

When my daughter, Evie, was born in the winter of 2006, I quickly realized how isolating it can be to have a baby.  Add to that the fact that she was a spitter-upper, a loud crier AND it was a freezing cold February and I thought I was going to lose my mind!  Thank goodness for my NPN New Moms Group.  Meeting other women who were going through similar changes, challenges and successes saved me in many ways.  These women were integral to my survival for Evie’s first year and I love that I s...

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Portage Park

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop: Portage Park with Lisa - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

My husband and I moved to Portage Park ten years ago, a good five years before we had kids.  We moved here because we liked the safe, quiet neighborhood, the affordable housing, the easy parking and the access to Metra and the Blue Li...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM by Lisa Falconer

When children give back, Everyone wins

Chicago families share fantastic advice on how to navigate parenting in the city in our NPN Parent to Parent Newsletter.  Thanks to Beth, our NPN New Moms Groups Manager, for this great article - here is a glimpse. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 


Since our daughter Evie turned three, we’ve been giving her an allowance for “helping out” around the house. Each Sunday we give her three quarters: one for her “spending jar,” one for her piggy bank and one for her “Tzed...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM