Posts from: August 2012

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for August 18 & 19

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - August 18 & 19 - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From jets soaring over head to riding Thomas, family fun abounds all over Chicagoland!  Grab the kids, and go have some kid-sized fun!

#1. Chicago Air and Water Show

North Ave. Beach

Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm


all ages

The Chicago Air and Water S...

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Six Tips for Ease Back into the School Year

With summer winding down, are you ready for back to school? Here are 6 Tips to Help Your Family Ease Into the New School Year.

Plan and register for after-school activities. Classes and teams fill fast, deadlines are early, you need to figure out what activites are logistically possible. It’s especially important if you have multiple children. 

Research what activities are available, and talk to your child to gauge their interests.  Consider his personality. Go beyond the usual bal...

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

Craziest Cookie Ever

Do you like Smores?

I love to cook, and I love to bake but always with a healthy twist. I especially enjoy cooking with my kids! The bigger the mess they make, the louder they laugh!

With summer winding down, I miss my camp days. I have fond memories of roasting marshmallows by a campfire and eating smores. Since my kids are too little to sit quietly (ANYWHERE) around a campfire, we enjoy smores in our kitchen. We tried microwaving smores, but this activity was only entertaini...

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Parent Perks! Discounts on Fall Activities & School Readiness

As August comes to a close, perhaps you're starting to look forward to more established routines that generally fall within the school year. Let NPN and our generous Partner Members help you settle in, with the following fantastic discounts. 25% off across parent memberships. Enter promo code NPN25 during parent registration to receive instant discount. For over 10 years, has been helping parents find the right match with over two million caregiver profiles na...

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM by Ellie Ander

Soulistic Studio & Spa: 5 Reasons to Exercise During Your Pregnancy

Long gone are the days when getting pregnant was an excuse to eat whatever you want. Healthy moms = healthy babies, and who doesn’t want that? Besides making sure yourbaby arrives as healthy as can be, there aremany reasons why exercising during pregnancy is a great idea.

Need some motivation to get moving? We asked two Soulistic instructors, Tina Campbell, a certified Pilates instructor with a specialty in pre-and post-natal fitness and Beth Prystowski, prenatal yoga instructor and th...

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM by Maya Henderson

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First!

Doctor appointments, carpool, birthday parties, dance recitals...oh my!! It’s amazing how quickly our calendars fill with activities for our kids, leaving little to no time for ourselves.

We’ve all heard the flight attendant say, “Put your oxygen mask on first BEFORE helping others.” Do you know this is as important in our daily lives as it is during an airplane emergency? Making time for ourselves puts us in a better mental and physical state to care for our kids, and it models a heal...

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Loralynne Evans

on the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for August 11 & 12


We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for this weekend - August 11 & 12 - events that are just perfect for your family's city adventures!

From street festivals to kite festivals, family fun abounds all over Chicagoland!  Grab the kids, and go have some kid-sized fun!

#1 Retro on Roscoe

Roscoe St.

Saturday & Sunday (kids area is open 12-6pm)

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

New NPN Discussion Forum - The Backstory & Family Treasures Giveaway

What do you love about NPN's Discussion Forum? What new features are you most looking forward to when the new Discussion Forum launches later this month?

Tell us by commenting on the blog post below and be entered to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove! Show is Friday, Sept 14, 7pm at Allstate Arena. Perfect for ages 2+. One winner will be selected and contacted on Monday, August 13. Share your NPN "treasures" with us below for a chance to win!


Posted on August 08, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Saying Goodbye to Your Beloved Nanny

A transition such as replacing a nanny is difficult to say the least. Whether the change is coming from your end or hers; the conversation is never easy to begin and certainly never painless to deal with.  A lot of questions go through a parent’s mind at this time such as “How will I replace her?”, “How will I tell the children?”, or “Can I find her another family?”. 

The thing you always want to remember amid these questions is that unfortunately, nanny situations are never permanent....

Posted on August 07, 2012 at 6:02 AM by Karla Issa

Transitioning from One to Two

As my due date approached for our second child, my husband and I were concerned about how Miles would react to his baby brother. Within minutes of their first meeting, Miles quickly reassured us that he welcomed Maxwell in his heart. Sharing his space would be a little trickier.

When Maxwell started to crawl, suddenly I saw danger everywhere, and the source was Miles’ toys. Miles loves trains, arts and crafts and, most of all, marbles. It was time to put some rules in place, along with...

Posted on August 06, 2012 at 9:30 AM by Karli Bertocchi