Posts from: April 2016

5 must-haves at your baby's 1st birthday party |

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Your baby's first year of life is filled with many amazing milestones—smiling, laughing, sitting, crawling and more. But out of all of these milestones, one of the most anticipated is celebrating her first birthday. Being part of your family for one full year is a momentous occasion that deserves an extra-special celebration. To help get the planning process started, here is a look at the top five must-haves a...

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 12:38 PM by Olena Fedorova

Mother's Day gift ideas in NPN's Online Silent Auction |

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Oh, no! You didn't forget that Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 8, did you?

If you're stumped on what to get your mom, or want to give your loved ones a not-so-subtle hint on what you want for that special holiday, check out these amazing gift ideas available in the NPN Online Silent Auction presented by British Swim School:

2 BYOB art classes at One Strange Bird
1 month of unlimited classes at The Dailey Method
4 blowouts and shampoo from...

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM by Laura Baginski

Bid on date night ideas & Chicago restaurants |

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Has it been awhile since you last had a date night with your partner? (Note: PTA meetings don't count.)

Let NPN's Online Silent Auction help you out! Our auction, open for bidding now through May 1, is full of fun date night ideas and gift certificates to some of the city's best restaurants. Not only that, but you can also bid on babysitters to watch your kids while you go out on the town! 

Here are some of our favorite date-night ideas up for b...

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM by Laura Baginski

Bid on kids' classes & summer camps |

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It's not too late to get your kids signed up for summer camp! Register for NPN's Online Silent Auction presented by British Swim School happening now through Sunday, May 1, and peruse our list of summer camps. When you find one you think your kid will love, put in a bid! Check out our guide to bidding (and winning) to get a leg up on the competition. 

Just a few of the summer camps offered in NPN's Online Silent Auction include:

Safari Advenute Sum...

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM by Laura Baginski

Save 15% on any Language Stars program!

Language Stars programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Whether this is your first introduction to foreign language or you are an experienced linguist, the play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does.

Parents and Tots Classes (Ages 1-3 years)
Learn along with your child in the Parents & Tots program! Your child, along ...

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 6:19 AM by Ellie Ander

Bidding is open for NPN's Online Silent Auction |

NPN’s Online Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, allowing us to continue to provide programming and support to Chicago families. 

And guess what? Supporting NPN through our Silent Auction is a ton fo fun! We have so many exciting and new things this year: Cubs tickets, strollers, spa packages, tons of kids classes, adult lessons, summer camps, gift cards for restaurants all over the city and so much more. There are more than 600 fantastic items for the whole family!


Posted on April 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Selling your home when you have small kids

Selling your house is stressful. Emotions run high, there are many sleepless nights…and I’m just talking about the adults. When there are kids involved with selling real estate, everything gets amped up even more. How do I know? Because I’m going through the process right now and it has been a roller coaster that I can’t wait to get off of.


So take some of my advice and follow these 6 tips for selling your house while raising small children:


Expect things to take longer than t...

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 1:38 PM by Amanda Simkin

How to survive infertility, sanity intact

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“She defied the odds” is usually associated with heroic tales. He beat cancer. She won the election. Her business thrived despite ________ (insert natural disaster here). 

When you are infertile, beating the odds is the most deflating, depressing and difficult pill to swallow. I have now officially defied all odds, hooray! Just another badge to put on my IVF vest.

I am 29 years old and have been actively seeking infertility treatments for 1 year and 8 mon...

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 3:24 PM by Annie Warshaw

6 things that make new parents' lives easier |

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Being a new parent is thrilling, emotional, exhausting, joyful, frustrating, exhausting and exhausting. Also, exhausting.

Your list of to-dos likely is a mile long and, yes, we are going to add to it. But all of these suggestions, taken from real Chicago parents who have been through this whole newborn thing, is one that will make your life easier. So, new mom or dad, before you fall asleep o...

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Life advice for my daughter, on her 1st birthday

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My wife started planning our daughter’s first birthday party months ahead of time.

It was an intricate circus theme, including 19 documented ideas that I will spare you of except for these: wine bottles whose labels were entitled “cirque du vin” or had circus elephants on them; three flavors of homemade popcorn served in bright red pails with chrome-plated scoops and red and white striped peanut bags; and mini circus-animal cake pops.

If you want t...

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 11:42 AM by Jeff Grabowski