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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.

'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' welcomes new baby

A new "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" special welcomes a

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Daniel Tiger is about to welcome a little sister in the second season of PBS Kids' "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" on Monday.

The hit preschool series from The Fred Rogers Company aims to celebrate the joys and challenges of a new sibling in the hourlong "Meet the New Baby" special at 11 a.m. on PBS (check local listings). In the episode, 4-year-old Daniel learns that his family will soon have...

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Back to school kids event at Lord & Taylor

August is a good time to start shopping

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If you're starting to think about back to school, you may want to head over to Lord & Taylor in Manhasset on Saturday.

MomTime Events and Lord & Taylor are hosting a fashion show and celebration to get kids (and parents) excited about the new school year. There will be special storewide savings on Saturday as well as entertainment. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Here's the event...

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Teen Vogue back to school events on Long Island

Check out the ?ABC's of Style? for the

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Teen Vogue and two Simon malls on Long Island are hosting the “ABC's of Style” back-to-school event this weekend.

The festivities kick off at noon on Saturday at Roosevelt Field (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) and Sunday at Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove). The events are sponsored by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips along with Coca-Cola and Fox's new series...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Watermelon Festival, Snapper Derby and more

A watermelon-eating contest at the annual Harbes Family

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Watermelon Festival and Snapper Derby to "How I Became a Pirate" and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Watermelon Festival at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck). The event features children's activities, singing hayrides,...

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Waking up early No. 1 stressor for teens

Ebates.com surveyed parents and teens and found out

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When it comes to back-to-school, parents cite shopping for clothes and other essentials as a top concern, while kids rank waking up early as the No. 1 stressor, according to a new Ebates.com survey.

The online survey polled more than 1,000 adults and about 950 teens and found almost all American adults (96 percent) and teens (97 percent) are stressed as the start of the school year looms....

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Feeding the kids: Grilled chicken pesto panini

The grilled chicken pesto panini 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 breakfast or dessert treat. I found the recipe in "Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill," by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig (Running Press; $20).

Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini with Avocado and Bacon(Makes 6 panini)

Ingredients- 1 pound chicken tenders-...

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Fire Island children's book reading in Bay Shore

Emily Brafman has written a book about spending

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Emily Brafman, now 40, grew up spending summers on Fire Island. As a college assignment, she wrote a children’s book about what days were like on the barrier island: playing on the beach, getting ice cream cones at UnFriendly’s in Fair Harbor.

Every summer afterward she would think, she says, “I should do something with this.” The urge got stronger as she returned each summer with her own...

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Get in shape with stroller exercises

Dr. Gia Fruscione, physical therapist and founder of

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Many new moms struggle with finding time to fit everything in on their daily to-do list. More often than not, exercise falls by the wayside.

Gia Fruscione, physical therapist and founder of DLVR Maternity, a digital community for expecting moms, encourages women to work out with their babies. Here, she provided three exercises that you can do using your baby stroller, perfect for when you're...

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Back-to-school savings tip sheet

DealScience.com offered tips on how parents can save

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Sure, it's early August, but that doesn't mean you can't start stocking up for the beginning of the school year. And parents are always looking for the best ways to save as they shop for school essentials.

"The back-to-school shopping season is a close second to the holidays in terms of the amount of time and money consumers spend on retail goods — same goes for the number of deals we see...

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14 celebrity moms who breast-feed in public

Celebrity Baby Scoop rounded up 14 celebrity moms

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Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breast-feed their babies while out and about!

Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in public — or on the cover of a magazine for that matter! And we’re so glad that celebrity moms such as Gwen Stefani, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kourtney...

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