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Student-driven MLK march focuses on civil rights issues

On Monday, Manhattan Country School’s eighth-graders will lead

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If you and the kids plan to head into the Manhattan on Martin Luther King Day, you can join in on this student-driven celebration.

On Monday at 10 a.m., Manhattan Country School’s eighth-graders “will lead a peaceful and inspirational march through the streets of New York City in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Corris Little, communications coordinator for the school.

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How to know if a road trip is right for your family

Road trip photo

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My husband and I just returned from taking our 9-year-old son on a 4,200-mile road trip.

And a good time was had by all -- really.

The round-trip trek to Dallas, where my in-laws live, is just the latest cross-country excursion we’ve taken by car over the years. We got married on a 28-day road trip to California at an Elvis chapel in Vegas. The very first family road trip took us to...

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8 things to do with your kids on Martin Luther King Day

Pictured here is Karlie Kohler as Ariel in

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Martin Luther King Day is approaching, and chances are you're scrambling to find something to do with your kids. If you're looking to get out of the house and have a little fun, here are a few things to do around Long Island on Martin Luther King Day, including family-friendly performances, crafts, indoor play, free events and more. 

1. See Cinderella at Bellmore Movies (222...

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Elizabeth Banks insults moms of one everywhere

Elizabeth Banks arrives at the March Of Dimes'

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Actress Elizabeth Banks stuck a big, fat, baby shoe in her mouth when she said in a recent People interview that now she’s officially a mom because now she has two kids.

She offended and disgusted moms everywhere who only have one child, including yours truly.

Banks, star of  “Hunger Games,” had a second son, Magnus, in November. She has an older son, Felix,  who's 22 months...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Cinderella, seals, crafts and more

Characters from The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies'

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Cinderella and the Emperor's New Clothes to bloodsuckers, seals, crafts and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Traveling Exhibit: Attack of the Bloodsuckers at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). Kids...

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Kim Kardashian and Kourtney to share breast-feeding duties?

Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian appear on NBC

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It figures a Kardashian would create a stir about wet nursing.

Pregnant Kim Kardashian joined big sister Kourtney Tuesday on NBC's “Today” show, during which they talked motherhood and breast-feeding. Kim recalled a conversation she had with Kourtney about nursing each other's babies.

“She said to me, 'whichever sister is baby-sitting should just breast-feed all the kids that are there,”...

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Best and worst celebrity baby names of 2012

Vivian Lake, daughter of Gisele Bundchen and Tom

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Dealing with scrutiny is part of a celebrity's job, from red carpet looks to parenting choices. Now, Hollywood's tiny tots are in the limelight, with their first names at  center stage. 

BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting website, asked more than 4,000 moms to weigh in on the best and worst celebrity baby names of 2012.

According to the responses, Katherine Heigl and Josh...

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Feeding the kids: Salad Bundles

The Salad Bundles recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a creative, kid-friendly twist on a traditional salad. I found the recipe in "Dora and Diego Let's Cook," by Nickelodeon (Wiley; $16.95).

BackPack's Salad Bundles (Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients -1/3 cup low-fat sour cream -1/4 cup salsa -2 romaine leaves -1/2 red sweet...

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Meet the new Wiggles!

"The Wiggles' Celebration" DVD bids farewell to three

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It's time to say goodbye to the original Wiggles cast and meet the next generation: Blue Wiggle -- Anthony Field, who started The Wiggles more than 21 years ago -- selected a new team to join the preschool fans' fantastic foursome. 

"The last 21 years have been a wonderful adventure, and I'm going to miss performing on stage with my dear friends Greg, Jeff and Murray,"...

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Blue Ivy's $200,000 first birthday bash

Beyoncé holding her newborn, Blue Ivy Carter, at

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Many parents will agree a child's first birthday is a significant milestone that's typically celebrated with a party. Some parents opt for an intimate gathering at home while others plan a lavish bash.

Recently though, Beyoncé and Jay-Z threw a princess-themed birthday extravaganza in New York for their daughter, Blue Ivy, that brought first birthday parties to a whole new level.

According...

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