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Lisa Ling, 'Our America' host, talks motherhood and more

"Our America" host Lisa Ling talks about motherhood

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"Our America" host Lisa Ling sure  has been one busy first-time mom. Aside from taking care of her 5-month-old daughter, Jett, the TV journalist serves as an ambassador for The Ikea Life Improvement Project. This initiative donates to Save the Children‘s Early Steps For School program that supports early education.

Lisa opened up to CelebrityBabyScoop.com...

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Fourth of July weekend events for kids on Long Island

The Sea Faire festival takes place on July

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Looking for things to do with the kids besides hitting the beach or heading to barbecues? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Fourth of July celebrations and more, there's so much to do on Long Island. Here are 8 fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Stars and Stripes Festival at the Talfor Boat Basin (Main and Front streets; East Rockaway). Kids and adults will enjoy games,...

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Healthy summer snacking tips for kids

Earth's Best nutritionist offers healthy snacking tips for

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Just because school's out doesn't mean your kids have to veer off their normal routine, especially when it comes to healthy eating.

Kate Geagan, author of "Go Green, Get Lean" (Rodale; $) and nutritionist for Earth's Best offered five tips to keep your kids snacking healthfully all summer long.

1. Include a fruit or a veggie in at least one snack each day. Most children don't...

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Fourth of July patriotic ice pops

Frozen patriotic ice pops, perfect for the Fourth

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Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this festive holiday, cool off with these frozen, family-friendly treats, courtesy of Spoonful.com, a Disney website featuring thousands of crafts, recipes and more.

Patriotic Pops

Ingredients — 2 cups blue Powerade, Gatorade, or Kool-Aid — 12 5-ounce disposable cups — 1 cup frozen whipped topping — 1 cup vanilla yogurt — 12 craft sticks — 2 cups cran-raspberry...

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Feeding the kids: Lemon shortbread ice cream cone cookies

The recipe for lemon shortcake ice cream cone

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun dessert cookie. I found the recipe on CookieThing.com. The Cookie Thing is a baking tool made with solid maple that helps you roll out all sorts of dough to the exact thickness you need. The wooden roller is specific in design of size and comes with four variations of measuring boards.


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'Monsters University' hidden gems revealed

Mike Wazowski has arrived -- and "Monsters University"

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The much anticipated "Monsters University," made it's debut recently, starring everyone's favorite friendly monsters, James P. Sullivan, "Sulley" (voice of John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal).

Fans of Disney Pixar’s films love to scour the screen in search of the "hidden gems" the filmmakers sneak into each film. For example, WALL•E’s explorations...

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Celebrity families share their summer plans

Sarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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With the warm months upon us, CelebrityBabyScoop.com asked some of our favorite celebrity families to share their upcoming summertime plans.

Tamera Mowry-Housley "Tia & Tamera" star Tamera Mowry-Hardrict and husband Adam Housley are parents to 7-month-old son Aden. The "Sister, Sister" alum, 34, opened up about their upcoming summertime plans.


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Fourth of July crafts for kids: Rocket favors

The July Fourth Rocket Favors craft can be

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Whether you're hosting a Fourth of July barbecue or spending a low-key day with your family, these patriotic, candy-filled favors are fun for kids and adults alike. I found the craft in "Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share" (Potter Craft; $24.99).

July Fourth Rocket Favors

What you'll need...

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50 free ideas for kids on Long Island in July

Hot Peas 'N Butter performs Latin, Afro-Caribbean, jazz,

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Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in July.

Films at the Farm: Jurassic Park at Mulford Farm (10 James Lane, East Hampton) on Friday, July...

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