The Storybook Mom–Mom Around Town Chicago Area


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Welcome back to our Mom Around Town Blog Series!  Today I’m here to introduce a special entertainer, The Storybook Mom, who specializes in children’s storytelling!  Check out her interview below and remember to read our last post from the Chicago Swim School here if you haven’t read it already!

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Owners Name: Nili Yelin

Business Name:  The Storybook Mom





Year Established: 2000

Location: Chicago and surrounding areas

Nili Yelin The Storybook Mom

Interview with Nili, The Storybook Mom:

Erika:  What services does your business provide?

Nili:   Interactive storytelling for kids of all ages.

Erika:  I agree with you, Nili, with “all ages” because you put a lot of humor that adults can appreciate in your storytelling and the adults are enjoying it just as much!  How does your business benefit the families in the Chicago area?

Nili:   I hope to share my love and passion for literature, words, picture books and families through my performances and bring families together to share time in an old fashion way with a new twist!  I perform and teach the families how to perform a story and let loose and be silly. Everyone benefits from some quiet and loud time and to focus on the same thing at the same time.

Erika:  I think it is important to make storytelling fun and I just love your silly approach.  My kids loved your performances!  How did you get the idea to start your business?

Nili:  I brought my own children when they were little to many storytimes and found them boring and listless and thought with my background in acting I could bring stories to life and also entertain the grownups at the same time. Being a mom is hard work and taking care of kids all day is the hardest work so since I had also spent years in comedy and improv it was a way to be funny, live in the moment and share some good laughs too with grownups.

Erika:  What did you do before you started your business?

Nili:  I acted in theatre, film, tv and did voiceover for commercials.  I worked at Saturday Night Live for 10 years and at MTV for 5 years in New York City. I was a stand up comedian for years and stopped when I had kids. I was too tired to stay up late and would joke that I wish I could do comedy in the daytime and sit down. So I created “sit down stand up” for families.

Erika:  That  had to be so much fun!  I was always a huge fan of Saturday Night Live and I imagine that was an amazing experience.  Love the idea of the “sit down stand up” too!  How funny!   Can you share one memorable story from an experience you had related to your business?

Nili:  I host the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Lit Fest Kids Stage every year and a couple of years ago Peter Yarrow, from Peter, Paul and Mary was a guest. He told me that he watched the way I worked with the audience and that he loved the feeling of joy and community that I created and hearing that from a childhood idol was incredible. So now I like to call my area at the Fest my own “Bookstock”, where peace and love and books abound.

Erika:  You are too funny, Nili!   I also LOVE to read and my kids do too!  I also love the name “Bookstock!”   Is there anything else you would like to tell us that is new for your business in 2015?

Nili:  I have been working on a picture book series of my own for the last two years, researching, traveling, meeting some amazing collaborators and artists and am close to having the first in the series done and ready to go to my book agent. I have been inspired by a Broadway show from my childhood and have sought out the creators and producers of the original work and have listened to the music and researched the show every day for the past two years.   I love adapting and performing stories and am now doing more original writing on my own. I perform stories 5-10 times a week and have been for almost 15 years so I know picture books in my soul and heart.

Erika:  That is amazing and I’m sure it will be incredible!  I look forward to seeing the completed project!  Are there any upcoming events or promotions that you would like to share?

Nili:  I will be hosting The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest Kids Stage once again Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th,  a Storytelling at Ribfest on June 13th, hosting Wilmette Summerfest Kids Stage on Saturday, July 11th and have weekly storytimes year round!

Erika:  I knew you were busy but it sounds like the Summer will keep you going for sure!  Those sound like fun events!  Is there anything else you want to tell us about your business or yourself?

Nili:  I plan to branch out nationwide in the next couple of years, continue writing, have a storytime app called “5 Little Somethin’ Somethin’s” at Apple Store and maybe do some grown up comedy again once my son graduates High School next year and I don’t have to get up at 6am .   I am planning on writing a one woman show called “I Could Have Been Famous But I Had to Carpool” based on my acting and comedy career.

Erika:  Those sound like great goals and I can’t wait to hear more about that show!   Thank you SO much for taking the time to do this interview with me.  I always taking my kids to your performances when you are in my area and they just talk about it for weeks after!  They always remember your name due to your introduction (I won’t spoil it because the readers will have to see for yourselves).  

Here are some more pictures of The Storybook Mom in action!  All of the kids had a lot of fun and I love the interaction that Nili has with her fans!  The kids all got to learn how to take a bow at the end of the performance and all received stamps on their hands.  My youngest son was most impressed by the cookies she shared with all of the children (and parents) as well.   The Storybook Mom is offering any of our readers a special deal too so check below!  Make sure you leave a message for Just Peachy Photography or The Storybook Mom about the post below!

If you mention “Just Peachy Photography”, when you book your next birthday party/event with The Storybook Mom, you will receive a $25 discount! 

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5th Year in Business Celebration Giveaway–Chicago Area Newborn and Family Photographer

happy-5-birthday1Did I mention that we celebrated our 5th year in business!  Well with all of the excitement this year and horrible weather, I never got a chance to announce it or share with all of you!

I’m holding a small giveaway to celebrate our 5th Year in Business!  There will be 3 prizes!

First Prize:  A Free Petite Session with Just Peachy Photography which includes a 20-30 minute session within 10 miles of Palatine, IL.  This is an outdoor session ONLY and includes up to 3 people.  $15 for each additional subject.  You will get up to 10 edited images to choose from and will be gifted 3 digital images both in color and black and white with full print release (available to download through our website).  All additional prints and products are 25% off the regular prices.

Second Prize:  A $5 Amazon Gift Card! (electronically delivered)

Third Prize:  Chuggington Let’s Ride the Rails DVD

So how do you enter?

Fill out this short form with a few questions and your contact information.  If you like us on Facebook, you get an extra entry.  If you like us on Instagram, you get another extra entry.  If you share on any social media platform and tag us (not valid without tagging us), you can get another extra entry.

Contest ends March 31st and winners will be announced shortly after!  All entries will be verified.   Giveaway for Chicago and Surrounding suburbs residents ONLY!

If you haven’t seen our updated events and specials page, make sure you see the mini session events we’ve added and “Think Ahead” specials!   We have an event in April called “All That Glitters is Gold” and a Spring Blossoms Mini Session Event in May!

2014 Holiday Cards Sale–Ends Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Since it is just over a month until Christmas, it is the perfect time to order Holiday Cards to send to family and friends!  This year I have a select number of designs that will be on sale until Saturday, December 6th, 2014.  These designs will be sent as is but you can choose the image(s) for the cards and the text to state who it is from.   If you would like Just Peachy Photography to put together a custom card for you, please note that our regular pricing will apply.  Prices start at $1.75 for a flat one-sided, one photo 5×7 card with envelope.  The minimum of any holiday cards order is a quantity of 25 cards.

Holiday Card Sale for 2014–Just Peachy Photography


5×7  Rectangle 2 sided designs –$2.25 each card.  Min. of 25 cards.

5×7 Rectangle 1 side designs– $1.25 each card.  Min. of 25 cards.


Designs available.  2-sided 5×7 cards

Red and White Stars:  front

Red and White Stars: backGold Love and Joy:  Front

Gold Love and Joy:  Back

Season’s Greetings Holly: FrontSeason’s Greetings Holly:  BackStStriped Peace Love and Joy: Front

Striped Peace Love and Joy:  BackColorful Trees Card:  Front

Colorful Trees Card:  Back


1 sided 5×7 cards

Chalkboard Merry Christmas

Gold and White Peace and Joy Card

Snowflake Peace and Joy Card

Most Wonderful Time of the Year Card



Luxe pop out Cards–Each one has a round ornament that pops out center.  2 sided with envelope.  Starts at $2.50



Red Striped Merry Christmas Ornament Pop Out Card

When it is popped out, it looks like this!


If you would like to order your own set of holiday cards fill out this form, Holiday Cards Order Form, and email it to  We should be able to get them to you within 7-10 days after payment has been received.

Bright Smiles Fall Mini Session–Palatine, IL Children and Family Photographer

As the weather keeps changing and turning more into January instead of the second half of November, I think back to our Fall Mini Sessions this year.  I’m so glad that I planned them earlier this year so we can enjoy the nice fall weather!  Below zero winds and low teen temperatures are no fun and I’m sad that I haven’t been able to do as many outdoor sessions this year with a few weekends lost to the cold.  I do hope it warms up some that I might be able to attempt some outdoor snowy sessions in December.

Here are some peeks at a fall mini session I did near the end of September.  Yes, I’m that behind on blogging!  I hope to get back to a regular blogging flow soon but it is just that time of year!

I love the bright colors, smiles and of course cuddles at this session!  What a fun, beautiful family to photograph!  Thanks F Family!

If you would like to schedule your own family portrait session with Just Peachy Photography, contact us at 847-302-1783 or!

Holiday Portrait Schedule 2014–Palatine Children and Family Photography

I’m sure you are all tired of hearing me say it but I will one more time, “Boy, am I behind on blogging!”  I have so many cute families to get on the blog!  I vow to do that soon but late summer and fall was very busy both with my family and clients.  It is hard to believe we are heading into winter and the weather this week definitely reminds me.   With winter, comes the holidays!  I’m very excited about doing holiday portraits and events soon!  There are a very limited number of session times available this year as I’m almost booked up with private events.

Starting December 1st, I’ll be offering a select number of weekday morning sessions.  These are for children/babies only and not families.  They must take place at my home in Palatine OR a location within 10 miles of Palatine with a 10×10 open space to set up equipment.  The session start time is 9:30am or 10am and can only be a petite session with 20-30 minutes and up to 10 edited images.  The days of the week I’ll be available are Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I’ll also be offering a select number of weekend session times for indoor sessions.  Again this would be for children/babies only and not full family sessions (unless agreed upon ahead of time for a smaller family).   There are morning and afternoon times available.  For more details, contact Just Peachy Photography at or 847-302-1783.   After about December 9th, I will not be able to complete any holiday card orders.  I will posting a holiday card sale very soon so watch for that if you would like Just Peachy Photography to ship your holiday cards right to your door!

Here are some fun holiday photos in the c

This year we have the winter snow covered trees backdrop, our candy house snow covered backdrop and a white backdrop with sparkly lights in the background.  Our holiday VIP party will take place on December 14th in the morning and will have a Holiday Pajamas theme with milk and cookies.  Invitations will be sent out early next week at the latest.