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Leema Thomas

Leema Thomas is a copy/web editor for Newsday. She lives in Dix Hills with her hubby, Bashu, their teen, aka Stefanie, and preteens, Hannah and Caleb.

Feeding the kids: BLT tomato soup

The BLT tomato soup recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious soup. I found the recipe in “Delicious Disney Just for Kids," by the Disney Chefs with Pam Brandon (Disney Editions; $14.95).

BLT Tomato Soup(Serves 6 to 8)

Ingredients- 8 slices of bacon- 2 tablespoons butter- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic- 3 tablespoons chopped onion- 1...

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Sign up now for Diaper Derby at Roosevelt Field on Saturday

The Smith Haven Mall’s Diaper Derby on March

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Did you miss the Diaper Derby last month at the Smith Haven Mall? You’ve got another chance to enter your tiny tot when Roosevelt Field mall holds its first Diaper Derby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Babies younger than 1 who are not yet walking can compete in the crawling competition. Entry is free, but the deadline to sign up is Thursday at Simon Guest Services at Roosevelt Field, 630...

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10 things college admissions officers want to see

What can high school students do to impress

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High school students may wonder what colleges are looking for in future applicants. To help your children stand out from the rest of the applicants, Mandee Heller Adler, author of "From Public Schools to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources" (Biographical Publishing Company, $14.95), offers the following tips.

1. Choose the right high school classes. "Take...

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Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 review

The new Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 comes equipped

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My 3-year-old daughter, Maggie, has just about every tablet designed for kids, yet she only wants to play with our iPad. That is until she tried the new Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 -- I can't get her to put it down.

The new tablet runs on the Android 4.2 OS and comes preloaded with more than 70 popular books, apps and games, plus full versions of 25 top-rated books and apps from Disney, Marvel...

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Sprout's 'Mom is Here' Instagram contest

Sprout's "Mom Is Here" Instagram contest ends Sunday,

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Sprout, a 24-hour preschool network, recently kicked off its annual "Mom Is Here" contest. Now through Sunday, April 27, moms are encouraged to take fun pictures of themselves with their kids and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #momishere.

Eleven moms (one grand-prize winner and 10 first-prize winners) will be randomly selected to see their pictures featured in a 60-second commercial...

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Earth Day events for kids on Long Island

Students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in

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Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, which makes it the perfect time to talk to your children about protecting the environment. Teaching kids not to litter, to recycle and to not waste materials may sometimes be challenging, but fun, family-friendly activities are the perfect way to help them celebrate the day.

Here, a few Earth Day events for kids around Long Island:

Our Changing World -...

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What to do with leftover plastic Easter eggs

FamilyFun Magazine came up with fun things to

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Happy Easter! Did you opt for plastic Easter eggs this year? If so, you may be left wondering what to do with all of the eggs after the hunt.

FamilyFun Magazine came up with kid-friendly ideas of how you can turn plain plastic eggs into something fun that can last all year. Take a look:

Create a bunny friend

To make one, bend a pipe cleaner in half. Open the egg and push the ends...

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'Bachelorette' Trista Sutter talks new book and motherhood

Trista Sutter recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop

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"The Bachelorette" alum Trista Sutter has had an eventful year so far. She renewed her wedding vows to her husband Ryan in January which resulted in an ABC prime time special -- and she released her new book "Happily Ever After, The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart" (Perseus Books Group; $24.99).

This spring, the mom of two has partnered with Colgate to help spread the word about the...

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Support group for depressed new moms and moms-to-be

Depressed mother cuddling her newborn baby.

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Moms or moms-to-be who feel they are experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (formerly known as postpartum depression) can attend a free support group that starts April 22 in Babylon.

The “Mother’s Circle of Hope” group helps moms with this condition, which affects one of eight pregnant women and one of every five to seven mothers in the first year after giving birth, says nurse...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Easter egg hunts, dinosaurs and more

"The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Easter egg hunts and dinosaurs to "Peter Rabbit" and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Easter Egg Hunt at Benner's Farm (56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket). Bring your own basket and a camera to capture your children as they discover...

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