Author - Christa Reed


Christa joined NPN while expecting her son in 2011. She comes to us with a passion for connecting local families and trying new things. Born and raised a Chicagoan, she considers herself a “lifer” and loves taking her toddler to the zoo and exploring new parks in the area. With ten years of media experience, she holds a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Television Production and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  She lives with her son, and husband in her dogs' East Lakeview home.  

Last Minute Summer Bucket List Items!

Seriously, where did summer go? Some children are already back to school and I feel like it just got warm. Regardless, it's time to get to work on finishing that summer bucket list. We've put together some must-do things if you're looking to squeeze all that's left out of the season.

5. Morton Arboretum. Check out their Thursday Family Nights and enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden, Maze Garden, and Tree House Tal...

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

WIN End of Summer Soccer Bash Tickets!

I know, summer just barely got here. The weather has been weird and August is upon us already. For NPN, it's an exciting time! We're gearing up to get the kids back to school, vacations are ending and we're thinking about our super awesome September and October school fairs. So, before all of the crazy begins and we're into the full swing of Fall, let's get down and party!

Join us for the hottest family-friendly event of the summer at ChiTown Futbol on August 30th for the End of Summer...

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM by Christa Reed

Fresh from the Forum: Summer Hot Topics

Start the summer off right! NPN’s discussion forums are chock-full of posts on topics - from pampers to preschool. Summer is heating up and so are the forums.

One of our members started a great discussion on sunscreen/bug sprays that are best for the kiddos. How do you lather up your little one? Check out the discussion here.

Another started a super thread on the best parks with and without splashpads, check out the discussion here.

Someone wanted to find some new running songs...

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Christa Reed

Ready, Set, SHOP! NPN Silent Auction is Open!

The NPN Silent Auction is 100% online! Put in an early maximum bid and don't worry about it - you will get an email notification if someone outbids you. It’s quick and easy to register and there is something for everyone - from Mother's Day Gifts to something just for you.  Remember, bidding closes Sunday May 4th at 9pm CST!  Start shopping here

More than $100,000 in goodies - READY, SET, SHOP!

Register to bid or Sign in to your Bidding for Go...

Posted on May 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Christa Reed

LAST DAY! FREE Chicago Athletic Club Membership with a New or Renewed NPN membership!

NPN is still the place to go for everything baby, kid, family, and parent-related! But this time, besides a year of NPN's unique membership benefits, we have an extra bonus for you!

Join NPN or renew your membership between April 1 - April 30 and receive a 1-month family membership valid in any Chicago Athletic Club location!

1 Month All Access CAC Family Membership includes up to 2 adults and children and must be redeemed by 7/15/14 (new CAC members only, valid at any Chicago Athl...

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed

Extra! Extra! Parent to Parent is HERE!

Have you received the new, expanded Parent to Parent newsletter? Each issue we're bringing you what is important to parents, including schools, child care, fun activities and more! This awesome resource is written by NPN Members for parents just like you.

Must-Have Parent to Parent News!

Download the new issue and get advice from NPN parents and partners on:

CPS: The Parent Perspective on Getting Involved

Family Travel Doesn't Have to Be That Stressful


Posted on April 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Dear New Mom,

You can do this. It's going ot be hard, you're not going to sleep and it'll probably be weeks before you can find the time to get your nails done again. That's ok. I've gathered my top ten things that helped me through the thoughest of my son's first few months. 

10. Get out of the house. Go to a restaurant while your baby is still napping a ton and relatively unstructured. Once your kid starts crawling, all bets are off and you won’t be able to it again for a while.

9. Your baby w...

Posted on April 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM by Christa Reed

Get a Free Month at Chicago Athletic Clubs!

Hey Gang!

Let's be real about it. Your New Year's Resolutions are long gone. It's probably time to jump back on the wagon and get ready for swimsuit season.

Through the whole month of April, anyone who purchases a new NPN membership, renews or purchases a gift membership for a friend, get a FREE Family Membership to ANY Chicago Athletic Club. 

Throughout my entire pregnancy, I participated in their Pre/Post Natal Muscle Definition and Pre/Post Natal Yoga classes (even a little ...

Posted on April 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Spring into Fitness with 7 Upcoming Fit and Healthy Events!

Spring is around the corner and ok, admit it....those New Year's resolutions froze with Lake Michigan weeks ago. After 3 polar vortexes and just as many boxes of Thin Mints, we probably all need to break out of the house and get moving.  NOT TO WORRY! NPN has some GREAT Fit and Healthy Before and After Baby Classes that will not only bust you out of that cave you've been hiding in but get you moving enough to thaw those muscles. Here are the next five classes in the lineup:

Mom and Bab...

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM by Christa Reed

Wake Up and Boogie Down with NPN!

Shake off your winter blues and warm up those dancing shoes! The best family-friendly party in town is just two weeks away!

Join us for the 6th Annual Wake Up and Boogie Down Family Festival at the Cubby Bear on March 1st. 

We'll have live musical performances from Bubbles Academy, School of Rock and Bollywood Groove. Tons of activities including rockin' makeovers, crafts, games, snacks and more!

And don't forget to stop by the interactive photo booth to capture the fun! 


Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM by Christa Reed