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Brooke Burke talks new clothing line, motherhood and more

Brooke Burke recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop

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Brooke Burke-Charvet’s new line of workout apparel — Caelum — promises to help achieve fitness goals while staying stylish, all for under $100. Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with the always on-the-go mom of four to talk about Caelum and where her inspiration came from.

Q. Tell us about your recent photo shoot in Venice Beach for your fitness line, Caelum Campaign. Was it nerve-wracking getting...

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5 mistakes parents make when choosing a camp

The American Camp Association, NY and NJ revealed

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School's out in a few weeks and many kids will be heading off to summer camp. Still looking for the right one for your child? If so, you may want to avoid these common mistakes many parents make when choosing a summer camp, according to the American Camp Association, NY and NJ. Take a look:

Choosing a camp because your friend’s child goes there. "Keep in mind that each child is different and...

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Memorial Day fun for kids on Long Island

Kids --- and wagons -- decked out in

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Looking for things to do with the kids besides heading to the beach, a parade or a barbecue? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Memorial Day celebrations and more, there's so much to do on Long Island. Here are 10 fun, family-friendly activities for Memorial Day weekend:

1. Brookhaven Fair at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville) Families can enjoy...

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Super Duper Lil Chefs at Smith Haven Mall Saturday

The Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs

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Young foodies and families can head to the annual Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs event at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Saturday.

During the free event from 1 to 3 p.m., children and their parents can explore cooking through hands-on demonstrations, etiquette lessons, craft-making with meal items and more. Other activities include a cupcake-eating contest, creating cereal necklaces,...

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Feeding the kids: Fudgy walnut brownie cookies

The fudge walnut brownie cookie recipe can be

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a decadent dessert. I found the recipe in "One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts," by Yvonne Ruperti (Running Press; $22).

Fudgy Walnut Brownie Cookies(Makes 12, 3 1/2-inch cookies)

Ingredients- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes- 4 ounces...

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Sandbox Playspace opens in Huntington village

A new, drop-in playspace has opened in Huntington

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A new, drop-in play space has opened in Huntington village, geared to babies, toddlers and preschoolers, called Sandbox Playspace. "Sandbox is a metaphor for a natural place for kids to be themselves and play," says Toni Dickson, who owns the venue with her husband, Rob.

Kids can roam the different stations, which include kitchen play, a hardware store, a teepee, a wood slide, a flower market,...

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How moms really feel about playdates

Sixty-three percent of moms said they have scheduled

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Sixty-three percent of moms said they have scheduled a playdate for their children for the sole purpose of hanging out with the other kids' parents, according to a national survey from Merck Consumer Care's Active Family Project.

What's more, of the 1,000 moms with children ages 2-11 who were surveyed, 66 percent said family play time is spontaneous while 34 percent said it is scheduled. On...

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'The View' alum Debbie Matenopoulos talks pregnancy and more

"The View" alum Debbie Matenopoulos talked to Celebrity

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"The View" alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, told Celebrity Baby Scoop that she hopes for a natural birth and is reading "What to Expect When Expecting" to help her prepare for the baby.

Debbie also opens up about her regular role on Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family"...

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Outdoor games for kids: Flower power

The "Flower Power" outdoor game can be found

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Luring your kids away from their favorite electronics isn't always easy. But you can encourage them to get moving by inviting them to play a fun, educational outdoor game.

Looking for creative ideas? Here's one from the May issue of FamilyFun Magazine that will work your kid's brain and body:

1. Scatter artificial flowers (snipped from stems or party leis) around an area (see image above)....

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Norah O'Donnell, 'CBS This Morning' co-host, shares parenting tips

Norah O'Donnell, co-host of "CBS This Morning" was

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Emmy Award-winning journalist Norah O'Donnell, co-host of "CBS This Morning," was recently honored at the 2014 Outstanding Mother of the Year Awards in Manhattan.

Since joining CBS News, O'Donnell has traveled the world covering major stories, including the election of Pope Francis in Vatican City, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook school shooting and more. She's also interviewed...

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