Join Us for the First of Many Parenting Seminars Coming to Magical Beginnings!

We are so excited to begin offering more resources for our families. This seminar is the first of many that will be offered exclusively to Magical Beginnings families. We know parenting can be challenging, especially during the past few years, and we want to help by offering support, advice and resources from experts on various parenting topics.

On Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 7pm, Beth Christensen of Happy Little Sleep Consulting will be sharing her knowledge of all things sleep in this virtual seminar.

*Please note this seminar is open to enrolled Magical Beginnings families only.

The First Year and Sleep! 
May 11, 7-8pm via Zoom

In this hour-long seminar we’ll cover topics related to sleep in the first year of life including:

  • Sleep biology and development
  • Safe sleep
  • Common sleep regressions
  • When and how to start working on sleep
  • How to help your child accept the crib
  • How to prepare for daycare
  • Pros and cons of common sleep training methods

About Beth:

Beth Christensen first became interested in the art and science of sleep in 2013 on the day she found out she was pregnant with twins! She frantically began reading about sleep strategies, fearful that she’d never sleep again! She was able to teach her boys healthy sleep habits right from the start and they were all sleeping (mostly) through the night around 18 weeks. There have been some bumps along the way of course, but they’ve always managed to get back on track!

After their birth Beth returned to working as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Boston hospital that she loved. However, it became difficult to balance her new role as a mom of twins with working/commuting to/from the city. She became a Certified Child Sleep Consultant in 2017 through the Family Sleep Institute and started Happy Littles Sleep Consulting right away. In the summer of 2018 her family moved to North Barrington, IL for her husband’s job and luckily she was able to bring Happy Littles along!

Over the years Beth’s practice has evolved with her growing knowledge base and experiences. She loves incorporating elements of mindfulness with her sleep coaching. Being aware of our perception of sleep training and what we believe our family is capable of are paramount to sleep success! She enjoys working with families of all shapes and sizes and children from birth through the age of 6 years old at varying capacities.

Beth has also worked for a popular sleep tracking app since 2020. Having the ability to reach so many families around the globe has given her a unique well-rounded experience.

She truly believe that every family deserves and is capable of healthy sleep! Beth is so excited to have the opportunity to help your littles achieve the happiest versions of themselves.

Beth currently resides in North Barrington with her 2 second grade boys and husband. She enjoys working out at Burn Boot Camp, is a member of the Barrington Juniors Womens’ Club, the Barrington Women in Business Association, and the North Barrington Elementary School PTO, and she recently started taking golf lessons.


Summer is for trips to the beach, family time, playing outside and—reading together! So we’re excited to announce our summer reading program is BACK! Whether you read a bedtime story, curl up for an afternoon read, or your kids practice “reading” by themselves—if you’re spending time with a book it counts!

Print off our Summer Reading Chart below and color in a circle for each book you read. When you’ve filled in all 30 dots, it’s time to reward your little ones with a sweet treat! Take your completed chart to Putnam Pantry to enjoy a well earned junior sundae!

Happy reading!

Download your summer reading chart



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Say Yes to the Prom Dress! 



My School Night Checklist



Kids loving helping out! Pick a few chores they can do each week and fill in the chart as they go. Pick a reward—go out for ice cream, a special toy, movie night, etc—and set a goal!

For a summer treat, try freezing yogurt to make these refreshing snacks!



  1. Mix the yogurt and honey together until well combined. Add the raisins and stir again.
  2. Line a baking tray with foil and pour the yogurt mixture on top. Spread it depending on how thick or thin you want your bark to be.
  3. Sprinkle the strawberries and chocolate chips on top and place in the freezer for 2-4 hours or until it is completely frozen.
  4. Remove from the freezer and use a sharp knife to break the bark into pieces. The bark can be stored in the freezer in food bags.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Memorial Day is this weekend, the perfect time to bring back this sweet summer treat. Even better? You can make it yourself—with just a bag!



  1. In a small resealable plastic bag, combine half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.
  2. Into a large resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt. Place small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened.
  3. Remove from bag and enjoy with your favorite ice cream toppings.

These fruit rolls up are healthy, delicious, and super simple!



  1. Line a small baking tray with plastic wrap so it hangs over the edge a bit. Preheat your oven to its lowest setting.
  2. Puree all of your ingredients in your blender until combined. Spread into an even layer on your prepared pan.
  3. Bake 6-8 hours or until your fruit is no longer sticky to the touch. Start checking around hour 4. Slice and roll.

Tip: You can use strips of parchment paper when you roll them so they don’t stick together. Store them in the fridge or freezer!

Print out these food cards and let your kids sort the healthy and not healthy foods!



  1. Cut a 3-sided opening in the top of your box using scissors or a box cutter. Lift up the flap and crease on the side that’s still connected to the box.
  2. Cover the inside of flap with a large piece of aluminum foil. To keep the opening lifted, use a wooden skewer or stick.
  3. Line the bottom of the box with aluminum foil.
  4. Use graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow to make your s’more and place it inside your box.
  5. Lift the lid of the box and put a layer of plastic wrap over the lower section of the box, covering the opening. Use painter’s tape to make sure there are no gaps or holes in the plastic to ensure that you create a real greenhouse effect.
  6. Place your solar oven outside in direct sun, positioning the top flap so that the sun reflects into the box.
  7. Enjoy your delicious s’mores!