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Landing a job helps teen learn the value of a buck

Landing a part-time job has helped one teen

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Frappucino, macchiato, espresso, latte — you name it my daughter can churn up your favorite drink in a Starbucks minute. But that she can concoct these drinks — after landing her first steady, part-time retail job at a local Starbucks — is not what makes her a star in my eyes. It's that my eldest child has finally learned the value of a few bucks.

My children, like many others, grew up thinking...

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College dorm shopping must-haves

DormCo.com is an online retailer offers furniture, bedding,

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Even though it's July, it's time to start college dorm room shopping. Here are some must-have items and recommendations of where to buy college supplies:

PBdorm has launched its Fall 2014 Collection for college-bound students. It includes bedding essentials, wall decor and storage options. View the complete collection broken into categories such as sleep, shower, storage and study at PBdorm.com.


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'Frozen' fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios

"Frozen Summer Fun Live!" will take place at

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Heading to Disney World this summer? If so, Disney's Hollywood Studios is celebrating "Frozen" with a character parade, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, a polar playground and more.

The new "Frozen Summer Fun Live!" attraction allows families to enter the fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle, with most activities included in theme park admission. Some of the highlights include:

- Anna's &...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Matilda' and more

"The Wizard of Oz" will be presented at

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Wizard of Oz" and "Matilda" to nature walks and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Nature Study and Woodland Walk at Bailey Arboretum (194 Bayville Rd. and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown). Saturday, at 3 p.m., children ages 10 and older will take...

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Children's garden day on Saturday

Children's Garden Day will take place at Clark

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Come dressed as your favorite insect for the Children’s Garden Day at Clark Botanic Garden (193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson) on Saturday.

Children and their families can play garden-oriented games to win prizes, make a garden craft, take a picture as a bumblebee, a butterfly or a flower, listen to Mother Goose read stories and visit the Honey Bee Tea Room. Plus, take a walk to the gift shop...

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Feeding the kids: Pizza Frittata

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a unique twist on a breakfast dish. I found the recipe in "Eat What You Love -- Everyday! 200 All-New, Great-Tasting Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories," by Marlene Koch (Running Press, $26.50).

Pizza Frittata(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients- 2 large eggs- 2 large egg whites- 1/4...

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PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi: 'Working moms can't have it all'

Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo.,

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Even queens must lay aside their crowns, sometimes. Unless you are Queen Elizabeth II or another reigning female monarch, I suppose.

Recently, corporate queen Indra Nooyi, 58, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and mother of two daughters, remarked on work-life balance in an interview with David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Co. Nooyi recalled how on the night she was named president of the...

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10 tips for traveling with kids

Traveling with children? Check out these vacation tricks

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Your baby screaming on a crowded plane. Your 5-year-old asking repeatedly, "Are we there yet?" Your tweens and teens fighting in the backseat. Not to mention, lugging multiple suitcases, bottles of milk, toys, snacks, strollers and more.

This is a vacation?

Jennifer Chung, a mother of one and co-founder of Kinsights.com, a parenting community and online destination that lets you track...

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Free events for kids in July on Long Island

Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be at Heckscher

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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.

Long Beach Summer Movie Nights (various locations in Long Beach), bring a blanket or a chair...

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New 'Sesame Street' show on PBS Kids this fall

PBS Kids will be airing an additional 30-minute

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PBS Kids will be adding a new half-hour "Sesame Street" program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. The new bonus program will be in addition to the hourlong show.

Starting Monday, Sept. 1, the additional half-hour show will air on weekday afternoons. For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute program will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the...

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