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5 celebrity moms on losing baby weight

Jessica Simpson talks to Celebrity Baby Scoop on

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The urgency to lose the baby weight in Hollywood is almost as serious as an Oscar win. Who dropped the postpartum pounds the fastest? Who debuted their post-baby body on a magazine cover? How much did she gain during her pregnancy?

Some of our favorite celebrity moms -- including Drew Barrymore, Jessica Simpson and Gwyneth Paltrow -- are sounding off on this buzzed about topic.

Drew...

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Skin-care tips for children's eczema

Using a fragrance-free moisturizer twice a day may

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Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is one of the most common skin conditions in children, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It often appears as dry, scaly patches on the scalp, forehead or face. 

Eczema can be very itchy, and you may see your infant rubbing his/her skin against bedding or carpet to relieve the itch. Children may scratch so intensely that it leads to a...

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What type of mom will Kate Middleton be?

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visiting Hope

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All eyes have been on the Duchess of Cambridge since she announced the royal baby's arrival in July. Along with scrutinizing her maternity clothes and speculating what baby items she'll purchase, many are already buzzing about what type of mom she will be.

Rosie Pope, star of Bravo's “Pregnant in Heels,“ said in a Parenting.com blog post: “Traditionally, the royal family has practiced a very...

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Music videos make parents look good -- and bad

A scene from "Running Errands With My Mom,"

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I want to thank Cartoon Network and the music video “Errands With My Mom” for not making adults look like the tools that modern culture seems hell bent on making them appear.

Featured in the cable network’s sketch comedy series “Incredible Crew,” the song follows a teen named "P," who, at dismissal, is invited by his friends to play video games and “prank call some girls.” When his...

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Apps for kids: Tot Yoga

The Tot Yoga app teaches kids to do

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Love yoga and looking for a way to get your little ones involved? Why not try a yoga app that's tailored just for them?

The interactive Tot Yoga app teaches kids to do 13 yoga poses demonstrated by 3-D animated animals, trees and the sun. 

The app is accessible and easy for younger children to understand. The moves are narrated in a child's voice, and set to upbeat music and environmental...

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Best apps for 9-year-old boys

Feed the Head, an app

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My 9-year-old loves his apps as much as the next kid. Here are some of he enjoys using most, primarily on his iPod Touch but also on my iPad. Please share your child’s favorites — that's how us, parents, tend to find the best apps:

Minecraft Pocket Edition ($6.99): This app’s appeal with the kids, boys and girls, only seems to get stronger. Building with blocks has apparently gotten more fun...

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Watch the elephants arrive on Long Island

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephants

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What is it about elephants that's so exciting? Judge for yourself as you watch the huge, gray beasts lumber down the road on the way to their temporary circus home at Nassau Coliseum, heralding the arrival on Long Island of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus's "Built to Amaze!" show.

The Long Island Children’s Museum’s “Circus Animal Walk” is from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday....

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Strawberry Shortcake,' talking dogs, spring crafts and more

The musical "Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Strawberry Shortcake" and talking dogs to spring-themed 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. Seaside Stories and Crafts: Spring Equinox at Fire Island National Seashore Visitor Center (Watch Hill, Fire Island). Recommended for kids...

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10 celebrity maternity trends

CelebrityBabyScoop.com weighs in on the latest celebrity maternity

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It’s a Hollywood baby boom. And what better way to celebrate high-profile baby bumps than with funky fashions?!

From Kate Middleton‘s pretty trends, to Kim Kardashian‘s bold statements, to Jenna Dewan-Tatum‘s feminine chic fashions, let’s take a look at the top maternity styles from 10 pregnant celebrities.

Kate Middleton We’ve only caught a glimpse of Kate Middleton‘s...

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Feeding the kids: Peach muffins

The peach muffins 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 delicious muffin, perfect for an afternoon snack. I found the recipe in “From a Southern Oven: The Savories, The Sweets,“ by Jean Anderson (Wiley; $32.50).

Peach Muffins (makes 1 dozen)

Ingredients -2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour -1/2 cup finely chopped pecans -1/4 cup sugar...

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