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5 successful healthy eating tips for kids

Ellen Briggs, founder of FuelYourDreams.net offers successful healthy

Getting your children to eat healthfully is quite possibly one of the oldest chapters in the parenting dilemma book. Many parents, including myself, relentlessly try to encourage their kids to eat vegetables and sample new foods, only to resort back to the chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese standby.

Research shows that having a healthy, balanced diet improves brain capacity and improves...

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Moms weigh in on Easter candy, bunny visits and more

Hershey's surveyed 400 moms about their Easter candy

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Recently, Hershey's surveyed about 400 moms about Easter candy and their buying habits during the season. Here's what they found:

All about the bunnies

In 2014, 91 percent of moms plan to purchase milk-chocolate bunnies, 76 percent will purchase hollow milk-chocolate bunnies and 68 percent will buy peanut-butter-filled bunnies. Ninety-four percent of moms prefer to go for the ears first.


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Feeding the kids: Easter Bunny cupcake cones

The Surprise Bunny Cones 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 an Easter Bunny dessert idea. I found the recipe in the April issue of Family Circle magazine.

Bunny Surprise Cones(Makes 24 servings)

Ingredients- 1 box yellow cake mix- 3 large eggs- 1/3-1/2 cup vegetable oil- 1 box wafer ice cream cones- 2 cans white frosting- 1 1/2 cups assorted...

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BabyCenter's 2014 Moms' Picks awards

BabyCenter's annual 2014 Moms' Picks Awards revealed the

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Did you know the average parent spends more than $5,000 on baby products in the first year? And 52 percent feel overwhelmed by the experience, according to BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource.

What's more, 73 percent of moms rely on product recommendations from parenting social media, according to BabyCenter’s Social Mom Report.

To help parents, BabyCenter did the...

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Alicia Silverstone launches new pregnancy book in Huntington

Actress Alicia Silverstone's new pregnancy guide is "The

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Actress Alicia Silverstone will talk about her brand-new pregnancy guide, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale, $23.99), at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. The book launches Tuesday.

The subtitle is quite a mouthful: “A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.” If the book is able to deliver...

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Springtime snack for kids: Easter egg empanadas

The Easter egg empanadas can be found on

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Classic empanadas get a springtime twist with these Easter egg-shaped snacks kids will love. I found the recipe on mom.me, an online destination for moms that provides real-world advice and lifestyle content.

Easter Egg Empanadas

Tools you'll need: food coloring, brush, rubber stamp, paring knife and egg-shaped cookie cutter.

IngredientsFor dough:- 3 cups of flour- 1 1/2 sticks...

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How to stop the homework wars

Mandy Ginsberg of Tutor.com offers tips to help

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Does homework time turn into a war zone at your house? If so, you're not alone. About 60 percent of students need assistance in at least one subject regularly. But according to the National Center for Family Literacy, 46.5 percent of parents have trouble helping their children with homework because they themselves don't understand the material. 

Additionally, a study published in The...

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Easter Bunny craft idea for kids

The Easter Bunny beanbag craft for kids can

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Easter is a week away and if you're looking for something fun to do with the kids, you may want to try this fun bunny beanbag craft. I found this Easter craft on Disney's Spoonful.com, a website that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Easter Bunny Beanbag

What you'll need- Spoon or funnel- Dried lentils- Child's sock- Rubber band- Ribbon-...

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New craft books for kids

Former "Parents" magazine lifestyle director Amanda Kingloff has

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With public school spring breaks coming up next week, children across Long Island will be looking to fill their free time. Here are new craft books for kids:

In "Box! Castles, Kitchens and Other Cardboard Creations for Kids" (Lyons Press, $18.95), "Sesame Street" puppeteer Noel MacNeal embraces the magic of an empty box. Dozens of projects use cereal and packing boxes, even milk cartons. Creations...

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Kids, teens audition Saturday for LI variety show

Auditions for the fifth "Got Talent? Long Island,"

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Auditions for the fifth “Got Talent? Long Island,” a competition for performers 18 and younger, happen from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Center for Performing Arts, 310 New York Ave. Another audition is April 27 at Hofstra University.

Comedians, dancers, musicians, singer-songwriters, poets, magicians and others who think they have talent are encouraged to audition. Bands must...

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