Long Island Parent Talk

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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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Outdoor movie night at the Smith Haven Mall

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows,

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The Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove is hosting a free outdoor movie event Monday.

"Rio 2" will be shown on a big outdoor screen in the mall's Lifestyle Village. Rich with catchy music and lots of laughs, "Rio 2" features the voices of Anne Hathaway (Jewel), Jesse Eisenberg (Blu), as well as a menagerie of characters voiced by Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars and Kristin Chenoweth. Follow...

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Educational apps for kids

MarcoPolo Ocean is an interactive app for kids

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Back to school doesn't have to mean swapping high-tech gadgets for low-tech notebooks. These new apps are so much fun your child won't even realize they're educational.

For ages 5 and younger

In MarcoPolo Ocean (free at iTunes), journey to the most unexplored part of the planet: This interactive app is all about the ocean. Kids can make dolphins jump, build a coral reef, explore the...

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Scrabble adds 5,000 new words

Selfie, unfriend and bromance are among the 5,000

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Family game night just got a lot more competitive. This week, Merriam-Webster released the Fifth Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, making the dictionary's first major update in nearly a decade.

More than 5,000 new words will be added, making them officially playable in the game. The words include: beatbox, bromance, chillax, frenemy, hashtag, mixtape, mojito, selfie, sudoku,...

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Shark Week Family Fun Day at the Long Island Aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium is hosting a family

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To kick off Discovery Channel's 27th annual Shark Week, the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the aquarium will be transformed into a shark-themed oasis, featuring a question-and-answer and autograph session with Shark Week on-air personality and shark expert Andy Casagrande, a sneak peek at Shark Week's...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Little Mermaid,' ice cream and more

Visitors enjoy the fruits of their labors with

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the "Little Mermaid" and "The Goonies" to ice cream and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Explore the Science of Ice Cream at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Children can explore the physics of phase transitions while making...

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