Dreaming big for our kids

Holy wow – how amazing was July here at Families in the Loop? Tons of incredible articles, our BYOBaby Movie Morning with community powerhouses Bump Club and Beyond™ and Neighborhood Parents Network, a pole dancing class for mommies, lots of chit chat on Facebook and Twitter and – woo hoo! – the launch of our very own blog on the Tribune’s ChicagoNow website. “Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot” was FITL’s theme for July, and we’re still mopping up the sweat from all the fun!

Don’t get us wrong. We work hard here at FITL, but making parenthood fun is the name of the game. When we launched almost seven months ago we had high hopes, yet in our wildest dreams we could not have imagined that Families in the Loop would begin a new, fresh, and feisty conversation among Chicago parents while helping moms and dads with little ones connect to the city. Perhaps it’s because we, like you, are eager to soak up all that Chicago has to offer in a unique, fabulous, easily accessible, and possibly even stroller-friendly way. To put it simply, we totally get it!

For us parents, that’s what it’s all about – dreaming big for our kids and, guess what, for ourselves, too! That’s why the August theme at Families in the Loop has to be…. “DREAM ON.” Because, if we may humbly say so, we’re living proof that if you believe it, you can make it happen. This month, it’s time to celebrate YOUR dreams – and those of your family – whether they’re small or grand, attainable now or even way, way down the road. All over FITL’s website, on Facebook and Twitter, and even on our Chicago Parent and ChicagoNow blogs, you’ll see articles, events and tons of tidbits about kids, parenting, careers, sex, friendship, beauty and health that you won’t find anywhere else.

Each day, you – friends, families, gurus, contributors and businesses – inspire us to make Families in the Loop the best guide an urban mom or dad could ask for (talk about setting your standards high!). We hope you’ll kick back, enjoy what we have in store for you this month, and savor every last moment of Summer 2011.

Check out what’s happening around the FITL neighborhood!


Thursday, Aug. 11: About Face – Skin and Smile Makeovers

Time for some T.L.Me, as in Totally Loving Me, time! Why? Because we’re mamas, and we deserve it! Join us on August 11 at 7:00 PM for an unbelievable night of beauty boosting tips from two experts: Dermatologist Dina Elrashidy and Dentist Rana Stino, who focus on glamming-up gal pals like us each and every day. Super sweet gift bags for all who attend and a few unbelievable grand prizes worth over $2000! Space is limited so RSVP right away!

Wednesday, Aug. 17: Bringing Sexy Back

Steamy nights, rowdy romps and feisty fun. Re-runs of Sex and the City on the E! Channel? No, silly, we’re talking about YOUR sex life, or what it could be with the help of FITL’s love doctor, Dr. Kerrie Grow-McLean. We’ll learn, listen, and perhaps even blush and giggle as we discover how to keep the flame alive in our relationships after that baby’s on board. Space is super-duper limited, so please RSVP right away. We’re asking for a $5 couvert to hold your spot.

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