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Easter egg dyeing and decorating tips

Easter egg dyeing and decorating tips from FamilyCircle.com

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For many families, decorating Easter eggs is a special tradition. Last year, my now 2-year-old daughter was too young to understand the concept, but we're eager to dye eggs this coming Easter.

If you're like me and are looking for creative Easter-egg-dyeing and decorating tips, check out these one-of-a-kind spring ideas from FamilyCircle.com.

Egg-dyeing tips

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Passover Afikomen: A break with tradition

One Passover tradition includes breaking off a piece

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Ask Jewish children their favorite part of the Passover seder and it’s quite likely they will answer, “Searching for the afikomen.” The afikomen is a piece of matzo broken off and hidden by an adult – under a couch cushion, in a kitchen drawer, behind a picture frame on a shelf. At some point in the evening's festivities, the kids are set loose to find the afikomen. The lucky child who finds it...

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What I learned from being a single parent

Being a single parent does have its challenges

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Being a single parent doesn’t have the label it had just a decade or two ago. While some parents are single due to circumstances — such as a death of a partner — some, like me, are single by choice.

I adopted my son when he was 7, only three years ago. I used to call myself the “rookie mom of a 7-year-old” when I first brought him home, but now see that we remain rookie parents because all...

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New exhibit: How kids get to school worldwide

A new photographic exhibit at the United Nations

From Africa to an Arctic village, children get to school in different ways far from the American transportation mode of the big yellow school bus. In Kenya, some walk two hours through slums. In the Arctic village, some struggle with wicked weather and diminished daylight.

In November and December of 2012, 18 photographers focused on children from 13 countries — Thailand, Nigeria, Alaska —...

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and more celebs on parenting

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt talked to CelebrityBabyScoop.com

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From Angelina Jolie’s hope of being a good role model to Victoria Beckham’s wish for a manual on motherhood, CelebrityBabyScoop.com found out what Hollywood parents have to say about their most important roles.   Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are parents to six children: Maddox, 12, Pax, 9, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6, and 4-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne....

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Egg hunts, Cinderella, pirates and more

Castle Gould at the Sands Point Preserve in

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Easter Bunny and egg hunts to Cinderella, pirates and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family friendly activities this weekend:

1. Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park (Exit 38 - Southern State Parkway, North Babylon). Children up to 9-years-old can participate in this Easter egg...

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Melissa Joan Hart on baby weight, couponing and returning to work

Melissa Joan Hart talks to Celebrity Baby Scoop

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Actress Melissa Joan Hart is the newest celebrity owner of Yowza!!, the leading location-based mobile coupon app. Encouraging the end of paper coupons, the mom-of-three says Yowza!! in the perfect way for families to stay eco-friendly and save money.

Melissa opened up to CelebrityBabyScoop.com about her three sons – Mason, 7, Brady, nearly 4 and Tucker, 5 months – the end of her maternity...

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Feeding the kids: Carrots in Dirt cookies

Carrot cookies dipped in Oreo crumbs from the

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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 spring-themed cookie. I found the recipe on ourdish.blogpost.com.

Carrot in Dirt Cookies

What you need - 1 tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough - Yellow and red food coloring - 1 package of Oreo cookies - Toothpicks - Green ribbon - Small, 3 oz. plastic cups

Directions...

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Long Island mom pens allergy book for kids

Stephanie Sorkin, author of "Nutley the Nut-Free Squirrel,"

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Solve this riddle: If Mallory Sorkin, 6, of Roslyn, is not a squirrel, then how can the new children's book "Nutley the Nut-Free Squirrel" be all about her?

Answer: Because Mallory's mom, Stephanie, wrote the book to help Mallory and her friends understand when someone is allergic to peanuts. "I'm not a squirrel, but I'm allergic to nuts," Mallory says. In fact, since the...

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Catherine Keener on 'The Croods' and motherhood

Actors Catherine Keener, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and

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Oscar nominated actress Catherine Keener steps into an animated, prehistoric era to play the matriarch in DreamWorks "The Croods," a story about the world's first family. Keener lends her voice to play cave woman Ugga who struggles to keep her family safe after an earthquake forces them to leave their cave.

Due in theaters on March 22, "The Croods" also stars Nicolas Cage...

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