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What to do with leftover plastic Easter eggs

FamilyFun Magazine came up with fun things to

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Happy Easter! Did you opt for plastic Easter eggs this year? If so, you may be left wondering what to do with all of the eggs after the hunt.

FamilyFun Magazine came up with kid-friendly ideas of how you can turn plain plastic eggs into something fun that can last all year. Take a look:

Create a bunny friend

To make one, bend a pipe cleaner in half. Open the egg and push the ends...

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'Bachelorette' Trista Sutter talks new book and motherhood

Trista Sutter recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop

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"The Bachelorette" alum Trista Sutter has had an eventful year so far. She renewed her wedding vows to her husband Ryan in January which resulted in an ABC prime time special -- and she released her new book "Happily Ever After, The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart" (Perseus Books Group; $24.99).

This spring, the mom of two has partnered with Colgate to help spread the word about the...

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Support group for depressed new moms and moms-to-be

Depressed mother cuddling her newborn baby.

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Moms or moms-to-be who feel they are experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (formerly known as postpartum depression) can attend a free support group that starts April 22 in Babylon.

The “Mother’s Circle of Hope” group helps moms with this condition, which affects one of eight pregnant women and one of every five to seven mothers in the first year after giving birth, says nurse...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Easter egg hunts, dinosaurs and more

"The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Easter egg hunts and dinosaurs to "Peter Rabbit" and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Easter Egg Hunt at Benner's Farm (56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket). Bring your own basket and a camera to capture your children as they discover...

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5 successful healthy eating tips for kids

Ellen Briggs, founder of FuelYourDreams.net offers successful healthy

Getting your children to eat healthfully is quite possibly one of the oldest chapters in the parenting dilemma book. Many parents, including myself, relentlessly try to encourage their kids to eat vegetables and sample new foods, only to resort back to the chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese standby.

Research shows that having a healthy, balanced diet improves brain capacity and improves...

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Moms weigh in on Easter candy, bunny visits and more

Hershey's surveyed 400 moms about their Easter candy

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Recently, Hershey's surveyed about 400 moms about Easter candy and their buying habits during the season. Here's what they found:

All about the bunnies

In 2014, 91 percent of moms plan to purchase milk-chocolate bunnies, 76 percent will purchase hollow milk-chocolate bunnies and 68 percent will buy peanut-butter-filled bunnies. Ninety-four percent of moms prefer to go for the ears first.


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Feeding the kids: Easter Bunny cupcake cones

The Surprise Bunny Cones recipe 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 an Easter Bunny dessert idea. I found the recipe in the April issue of Family Circle magazine.

Bunny Surprise Cones(Makes 24 servings)

Ingredients- 1 box yellow cake mix- 3 large eggs- 1/3-1/2 cup vegetable oil- 1 box wafer ice cream cones- 2 cans white frosting- 1 1/2 cups assorted...

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BabyCenter's 2014 Moms' Picks awards

BabyCenter's annual 2014 Moms' Picks Awards revealed the

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Did you know the average parent spends more than $5,000 on baby products in the first year? And 52 percent feel overwhelmed by the experience, according to BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource.

What's more, 73 percent of moms rely on product recommendations from parenting social media, according to BabyCenter’s Social Mom Report.

To help parents, BabyCenter did the...

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Alicia Silverstone launches new pregnancy book in Huntington

Actress Alicia Silverstone's new pregnancy guide is "The

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Actress Alicia Silverstone will talk about her brand-new pregnancy guide, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale, $23.99), at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. The book launches Tuesday.

The subtitle is quite a mouthful: “A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.” If the book is able to deliver...

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Springtime snack for kids: Easter egg empanadas

The Easter egg empanadas can be found on

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Classic empanadas get a springtime twist with these Easter egg-shaped snacks kids will love. I found the recipe on mom.me, an online destination for moms that provides real-world advice and lifestyle content.

Easter Egg Empanadas

Tools you'll need: food coloring, brush, rubber stamp, paring knife and egg-shaped cookie cutter.

IngredientsFor dough:- 3 cups of flour- 1 1/2 sticks...

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