Summer FUN

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Summer Fun is HERE

We’ve been patient, we’ve stayed at home, we’ve followed all the protocols set by the experts, and it’s finally here: a bit of Summer FUN! If you’re ready to slide on your flip flops, slap on some sunscreen and get back into the mix of summer events, be sure to check out a full list of ideas from HERE.

Our favorites include:

Swedish Days (Geneva)- A must stop for a summer fun destination is Geneva’s Annual Swedish Days Festival.  “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” is scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday, June 24-27 in 2021.


Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair– Annual Fine Art & Artisan Fair with over 100 artists, food, music and activities, this kid-friendly event will take place at Naper Settlement on June 26-27 from 10AM-5PM


Taste of Westmont– Taste of Westmont is one of the largest free outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area with great live music on two stages, incredible restaurant food vendors, craft show, commercial vendors, carnival rides and a beer tent with a variety of drinks including margaritas and more. Thursday, July 11, 5:30PM – 9:30PM


Naperville Irish Fest– August 6-7, 2021 at Frontier Sports Complex: Music, Dancing, Food and Fun! Join us at Naperville’s Frontier Sports Complex for a family-friendly festival featuring live music, Irish cultural activities, Carnival, Hurling and Camogie games, food and so much more.


Naperville Food Truck Festival-Saturday August 7th at Naper Settlement. 30+ food trucks, beer garden, live DJ, face painter, vendor village, bubble artist and balloon artist.


Last Fling (Naperville)- September 3rd-6th-Family fun land, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, family entertainment stage, crafts area, food and beverages



I Love my Daddy!

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We requested local moms to ask their young kiddos to complete this sentence: I love my Daddy because… The results were heartwarming, truthful and simply sweet. Wishing you and your families a Happy Father’s Day weekend.

I love my Daddy because…


“ he works hard so he can take me to Disney World-oh, and he takes care of me.” -Emmy, 4

“he loves us!”-Ava, 6

“he has funny jokes!” -Charlie, 6

“he plays video games with me”-Nick, 8

“every morning he always has a smile on his face that makes me happy!”-Evelyn, 9

“whenever I want to cuddle or I’m sick, he takes care of me.” -Scarlett, 8

“he is always so nice to me.”-Samuel, 5

“he is a BOY!”-Jonathan, 4

“he’s silly!”-Nick, 8

“of his hilarious jokes”-Natalie, 9

“he plays video games with me”-Brandon, 6

“he helps me when I’m in trouble. I also like the hugs he gives me.”-Ryan, 9

“he likes me.”-Claire, 4

“he makes me feel better when I’m upset.”-Lindsey, 8

“he teaches me a lot of stuff.”-Daniel, 10

“he always plays with me.”-Eleanor, 8

“he is very thoughtful.”-Alex, 8

“he loves coming to my sporting events.”-Justin, 11

“he helps me win video games.”-Avery, 9

“he tells corny dad jokes that we pretend to hate, but secretly love.”-Mira, 9

“he is funny!”-Emma, 9

“he gives me hugs.” Daniel, 5


From Dad jokes to video games, whatever it is about the father figure in your life that you love, don’t forget to honor him this weekend.

Celebrating Juneteenth

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Juneteenth has been celebrated since the late 1800s, but recently there has been an awakened interest in learning more about the celebration. With a renewed sense of awareness, more people of all races have begun to learn about this holiday that celebrates freedom for ALL.

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. A century and a half later, people in cities and towns across the U.S. continue to celebrate the occasion.

 What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va.,Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

How is it celebrated?

The original celebration became an annual one, and it grew in popularity over the years with the addition of descendants. The day was celebrated by praying and bringing families together. In some celebrations on this day, men and women who had been enslaved, and their descendants, made an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston.

Celebrations reached new heights in 1872 when a group of African-American ministers and businessmen in Houston purchased 10 acres of land and created Emancipation Park. The space was intended to hold the city’s annual Juneteenth celebration.

Today, while some celebrations take place among families in backyards where food is an integral element, some cities, like Atlanta and Washington, hold larger events, like parades and festivals with residents, local businesses and more.

While celebrations in 2020 were largely subdued by the coronavirus pandemic, some cities this year are pressing forward with plans.

In 2021, the city will dedicate a 5,000 square-foot mural, entitled “Absolute Equality,” on the spot where General Granger informed enslaved African-Americans of their freedom. The city will also mark the holiday with a parade and picnic. Events and activities in Atlanta this year have been scaled back, but organizers have made plans for a parade and music festival at Centennial Olympic Park. Similar events are scheduled in Annapolis, Md.ChicagoDetroit and  Los Angeles.

To read more about this special day, including its regional and national holiday status and why it has become increasingly important in recent years, read the full article from The New York Times,  HERE.


Playscape Readers at Naper Settlement

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Join Naper Settlement for some reading fun with Playscape Readers!

Naper Settlement is excited to announce that its monthly children’s reading program, Playscape Readers, is returning in-person beginning June 9th! Each Playscape Readers is led by one of Naper Settlement’s museum educators who reads a story aloud while teaching children important reading skills dealing with vocabulary, comprehension, listening, and more.

Story time is an important activity for young children to participate in, as it helps them become familiar with different sounds, words, and language. It also helps children develop early literacy skills and teaches them the value of books and stories!

The program, which is located outdoors at Naper Settlement’s Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape, turned virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New video episodes were posted monthly on Naper Settlement’s Facebook, allowing parents to spend time with their child in the comfort of their own home while sparking their imagination, stimulating curiosity, and encouraging creative thinking and problem solving. You can watch the last virtual Playscape Readers video, which features the story of The Three Little Pigs and focuses on the reading skill of rhyming, on Facebook here. All of the museum’s previous Playscape Readers videos are located on Facebook for you and your child to watch together.

Naper Settlement is happy to bring this program back on-site for some outdoor reading fun. Playscape Readers is a great opportunity for your little ones to explore reading in an interactive environment! Visit the Playscape at Naper Settlement this summer on June 9, July 7, August 4 and September 8 at 1 p.m. for a fun story time that is sure to capture your child’s imagination. After participating in the program, your child will enjoy exploring the Playscape which includes a splash pad, playground, Conestoga wagon, Sensory Prairie Garden, and more!

Playscape Readers is included in general museum admission. Naper Settlement members, Naperville residents with proof of residency, and those under 4 years old receive free admission. Click here to purchase admission tickets to Naper Settlement.

Stay-at-Home Dads: The Challenges and Benefits

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If you are a stay-at-home dad, you already know that you’re part of a rapidly growing group. In recent years, the number of fathers taking on the role as primary caregiver has increased dramatically.

Why? Some of the most common reasons include:

  • personal choice/desire to care for the family
  • chronic illness or disability
  • child care costs/partner is the primary earner
  • job loss
  • same-sex couple relationship where one parent chooses to stay home


While there are challenges that some stay-at-home dads face, such as isolation, lack of support, stigma or depression, there are many wonderful benefits as well. Some of these benefits include a stronger relationship with your partner, stronger relationships with your children, positive outcomes for children spending more one-on-one time with a parent, and contributing to the redefinition of social norms.

Whatever choice you make for your family is only yours to make. There are so many factors that are taken into account and these types of decisions are never crystal clear.

To read the full article from Healthline, click HERE.

10 Ways to Eat More Plants

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This month at Advanced Health of Naperville, our Element of Health is Nutrition & Hydration. As we slide into the summer months we start to think about fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, colorful salads and grilled foods outdoors.

Here in the Midwest we do not take for granted beautiful weather. Warmer temperatures may tempt us with ice cold sugary or alcohol-filled drinks, sweet ice cream treats or an overindulgence of hot dogs and burgers.

While all of those things deserve their rightful place in our summer, it’s so important to focus on hydrating ourselves with water (half your body weight in ounces is ideal!) and nourishing ourselves with foods that fuel our bodies in the right way.

Graduate student Allison Anderson shares 10 Ways to Eat More Plants. Take a look at Allison’s tips below. To read the full article with personal commentary and additional nuggets of nutritional wisdom, click HERE.


  1. Have a small salad with dinner, every night
  2. Jazz up pasta sauce with frozen veggies
  3. Clean and prepare your produce as soon as possible
  4. Buy plant foods that you love (not the ones you think you “should”)
  5. Eat plants as a snack
  6. Make a salad you actually want to eat
  7. Eat beans, the magical plant
  8. Consistency is key
  9. Whole grains (period)
  10. Strive for balance


Allison Anderson is a Graduate Assistant for Student Learning-ASAP. MS Coordinated Program in Nutrition. Anticipated Graduation December 2021

Podcast Round Up

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Podcasts. It seems like everyone is tuning in these days. Whether you like to listen to your favorite celebrity dishing gossip or prefer something more educational, there is a podcast that suits just about everyone’s taste. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, here are five interesting “Mommy Podcasts”- shows that often deal with topics of motherhood and womanhood. Enjoy!

  1. Simply Socket: Our very own Dr. Cathy Subber hosts Socket. Socket helps you plug into YOU and unplug from things that no longer serve you. It helps you find your voice and self-esteem while learning to say no and set boundaries when necessary. If living a life of authenticity, kindness and confidence is something you are looking for, you are in the right place!
  2. Bottomless MOMosa: Cheers! Bottomless MOMosa is the virtual working mom brunch you didn’t think you needed until now! Every week, your host Elisabeth Allen brings you REAL stories and mothers who are full time workers. Bottomless MOMosa is here to give you the ugly and beautiful truth of new working motherhood while allowing you to walk away with tangible steps and advice to advance your career and home life. It’s YOUR turn to take some much needed time to yourself!
  3. Motherhood Sessions: Reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra Sacks lets us listen in on her conversations with mothers as they reveal their most intimate struggles. These are the conversations we’re afraid to have with even our closest friends, the truths we never dare to say out loud, and the fears we bury deep, but something miraculous happens when these women are allowed the space to tell these stories.
  4. Woke Mommy Chatter: Musings of a Socially Conscious Mom. Motherhood is challenging at the best of times. Black motherhood is challenging, hyper-visible and invisible all at the same time.Woke Mommy Chatter is a podcast and blog dedicated to unpacking the experience of Black motherhood. It’s a window into the world of Black motherhood.
  5. What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Amy and Margaret are each moms of three, dealing with the same hassles as any parent– but with completely different parenting styles. Margaret is laid-back to the max; Amy never met a spreadsheet she didn’t like. Join them as they laugh in the face of motherhood!


How to Celebrate Earth Day this year


If you’re looking for safe and effective ways to help out Planet Earth this week, our friends at Parade have compiled a list of 15 fun ways for the entire family! Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd this year, and more than ever people around the globe want to do their part to contribute. But where to start? Here are our top 5 suggestions based on what appeals to you.


  1. For the entire family: Pick up Litter– Help clean up the planet this Earth Day by spending time picking up litter around your neighborhood, school or local park. Better yet, encourage your friends to pick their own areas to clean so you can spread the Earth Day goodness around.
  2. For the modern-day social media guy/gal: Make a call to action to share on social media-Get your environmentally-conscious message out there and show your support for Earth Day 2020 by posting an educational video on your social media feed. Give your friends an #EarthDayChallenge to try, like picking up 15 pieces of litter, or simply share a few facts about global warming or rainforest preservation to help spread awareness.
  3. For the teacher in the classroom or at home: Plan your own Earth Day science experiment– This Earth Day, try out a cool science experiment to show how different disasters can affect our planet. For example, pour oil into a tub of water to see how difficult it is to clean up and why it’s so important that we keep oil spills from ruining our planet’s oceans.
  4. For the handyman/woman- Build a bird house or bird feeder– Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old cardboard box or milk jug, to help out your local avian population.
  5. For the activist- Petition local governments to start community gardens-Starting a community garden is a fantastic way to bring people together and help feed under-served communities. If you’re still practicing social distancing and can’t go door-to-door looking for signatures just yet, you can till get the paperwork going by researching how to petition your local government to carve out a plot of land for this specific purpose!


To read the full list of ideas, check out the article HERE.

Sleep and Rest

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April’s Element of Health at Advanced Health of Naperville is a topic that far too many of us ignore. Sleep and rest are vital to our overall health. This is when our bodies recover and heal. It’s a recharge of sorts-think of it as plugging in your charger at night. Benefits of quality sleep (which is generally considered 7-9 hours) include improved concentration, decreased stress, better emotional health, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke and increased immune function.

When it comes to sleep, quality is key. If you are having trouble with your sleep quality, be sure to speak with your doctor. Diet, exercise or stress might be factors contributing to your restless night. Be sure to set yourself up for good sleep by taking good care of your body and mind during the day.

Healthline lists 10 reasons why good sleep is important and our favorites include:

  • Improved concentration and productivity
  • Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Good sleep is linked to healthier body weight


Read all of the benefits HERE.


Get Lucky!

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Rabbit’s foot keychains, inside out ball caps and a penny on the ground–we could all use a bit more luck in our lives. How can we make it happen? The Balance Everyday offers 8 time-tested methods to bring more luck into your life. We are willing to try all of these suggestions!

  1. Positive Thinking Attracts Luck: If you’re the type of person who believes that the glass is half full, not half empty, then you’re already practicing positive thinking. Studies have shown that being optimistic can relieve stress and help you live longer. But can it help you win sweepstakes, too?
  2. Accentuate the Positive with Visualization: Visualization is a technique where you picture yourself accomplishing something you want, which helps you work out the steps to make that thing happen. For example, think about winning a prize, actually feel yourself winning your dream prize, and use that visual image to fuel your luck.
  3. Affirmations Reinforce Lucky Thinking: Affirmations are ways of planting the seeds of success in your subconscious, helping you to think positively and to be more prepared for success. As W. Clement Stone said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
  4. Feng Shui Lets Luck Flow: Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art designed to bring balance, health, and even luck to the people who practice it. Applying the principles of this art can help you be more productive, more positive, and less distracted.
  5. Lucky Charms and Rituals: Many sweepers swear that they have increased their luck by wearing a favorite pair of socks or t-shirt as they enter sweepstakes or by having lucky symbols like four-leafed clovers, ladybugs, or even dolls near their computers while they enter. But this is superstitious nonsense, right? Not necessarily. Using lucky charms and rituals makes you feel luckier, happier, and more optimistic. This positive attitude makes it easier to keep entering sweepstakes, and thus brings more luck into your life.
  6. Increase your Karma, Get Luckier: Karma is a tenet of Hindu philosophy, and it can be simply summarized as, “What goes around, comes around.” In other words, if you do good to others, more good things happen to you and the luckier you’ll be.
  7. Increasing Luck Through Spirituality: Many people turn to a greater power to help them increase their luck. Some say prayers, while others ask the Universe. For some people, they don’t reach out to a higher power, but turn inwards instead, using meditation to help them focus and enter more quickly and persistently. Each of these methods can make people feel, and be, luckier.
  8. Work Harder, Be Luckier: Thomas Jefferson said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” By being patient, persistent, and having a positive attitude, you’ll see many more lucky results.

To read the full article click HERE. 

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