Spark & Hustle in Chicago Conference Details and VIP Discount Offer

By: Genevieve Thiers  Are you or someone you know ready to launch or grow your small business dreams? Spark & Hustle, Tory Johnson’s three-day program on April 7 – 9 in Chicago, is the can’t-miss conference to help you make it happen now.To deliver the jam-packed agenda, I’ll join more than 30–yes, 30!–top speakers, all... Read more »

Secure Your Sitter for Black Friday!


In about a week, you will start to see people camping out in front of stores for hours (and in some cases, many hours), trying to secure their place in line for this year's best deals. Shopping enthusiasts will wake up before the sun comes up and bring with them a small army, strategizing the most efficient way to score that free plasma TV or this year's most popular toy. But what's the first step in a successful Black Friday shopping strategy? Finding a Sitter.


Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

Knives and slippery pumpkin surfaces can spell disaster. Since Halloween should involve fake blood only, here are some tips to follow to be safe, as well as some alternative but still festive ideas for how to celebrate the holiday without bringing a knife into the mix. Dos Use the right tools, like those from a... Read more »

Easy Halloween Costumes

Just two more days, and we’re already into October, which means Halloween is just around the corner! And whether you’re looking to be frugal this holiday or just looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, these homemade costumes are super cute and super easy! iPod What kid doesn’t like an iPod? This... Read more »

Fun Fall Activities for Kids of All Ages

Although the leaves may not be changing quite yet, the recent weather here in Chicago has got us all ready for fall. And with the crisp air also comes some fun activities for kids, parents and sitters alike. So whether you’re a caregiver looking for some ways to keep the kiddos entertained or a parent... Read more »

Back-to-School Resources

It’s that time again! Check out these resources to help make your back-to-school transition a breeze.  FamilyFun 20 Crafty Back-to-School Supplies  Get the kids excited with these cute and crafty back-to-school supplies  Cool Mom Picks  The 2010 Back to School Shopping Guide From lunch boxes to back-backs, this guide gives you the low-down on all... Read more »

Volunteer Ideas for Kids

We’ve got a few ways parents and sitters can help kids volunteer and really make a difference. Creating crafts, making food, donating time — the options are endless (and fun!) Step one: Pick a Plan  Sitters: Take a look at the list of ideas below to determine what makes sense for you to help with. Crafts,... Read more »

Naperville Ranked One of Best for Finding Babysitters

We recently conducted a study to find the top cities to find a babysitter, and our very own Naperville was ranked the third best city in the country to find babysitters. The list was derived from over 50,000 current job posts and over a million sitters profiles and looked at hourly rates, as well as... Read more »

Picky Little Eaters

                                                                  You want me to eat what?! Kids can make it tough to incorporate new (or healthy for that matter) foods into their diets,... Read more »

Leaving Your Child for the First Time

Guest Post: Charlene DeLoach Oliver  I am going to BlogHer’10 this year and I am super excited to meet fellow bloggers and great companies. Yet, while I am running around the Big Apple learning how to be a better blogger, I will be wondering if I am a decent mother.  When I leave for BlogHer,... Read more »