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Feeding the kids: Fourth of July flag cake

The festive flag cake recipe, perfect for 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 festive dessert, perfect for the Fourth of July. I found the recipe on Foodnetwork.com.

Flag Cake(12 to 16 servings)

IngredientsFor the cake:- Nonstick cooking spray- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour- 1/3 cup stone-ground white cornmeal- 1 teaspoon baking powder- 1 teaspoon baking soda-...

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Fourth of July crafts for kids

This undated photo provided by Amanda Kingloff shows

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The Fourth of July typically is the first holiday during kids' summer vacation. And by now, they're bored.

Here are three simple crafts that can involve them in preparations for the holiday's fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year.

"There's so much enthusiasm around this holiday," says Amanda Kingloff of New York...

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Family-friendly performances in July on Long Island

A performance of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,

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Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout July to help you plan a fun-filled day.

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport)...

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Tips for transitioning from high school to college life

Classroom chalkboard.

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High school graduates may be raring to head off to college and settle into their dorm rooms but it might behoove them to consider a few tips that could help them transition successfully to college life.

To be successful in their new habitat, students should be able to acclimate academically, socially, and be able to separate without too much anxiety, said Dr. Merry McVey-Noble, staff psychologist...

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Host a Fresh Air Fund kid for one week this summer

The Fresh Air Fund is seeking families to

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Are you open to hosting an inner city child from a low-income family for one week this summer through The Fresh Air Fund?

The nonprofit places more than 4,000 New York City children ages 6 to 18 with host families in rural, suburban and small-town communities in 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Host families aren’t paid.

“I’ve been hosting for 13 years,” says Eileen Rauchenberger...

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5 over-the-top celebrity kid birthday parties

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrate North West's

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In Hollywood, celebrity parents shell out unbelievable amounts of money to throw big birthday parties for their babies.

Celebrity Baby Scoop looked at five celebrity tots whose birthday bashes rank among the most lavish seen in the last few years.

North West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went all out for North’s first birthday party, which was branded by the couple as “Kidchella.”...

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Long Island students decorate caps for graduation

Marissa Fitlin, left, and Marielle Erdheim of Half

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Marielle Erdheim's class at Half Hollow Hills High School East had graduation practice Thursday, and afterward many of the seniors headed to ... Michael's.

"Our entire school was there," said senior Erdheim, 17, of Melville. The seniors bought glitter and rhinestones and felt letters and glue at the crafts store because there was work to be done. Their caps and gowns had just been distributed,...

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New York Giants Eli Manning talks family life and more

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently spoke with New York

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This past Father’s Day, Oral-B honored dads with the help of Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback and proud dad, and March of Dimes, an organization that celebrates mothers and fathers every day.

Manning, 33, has had great success on the field. But his most cherished memories have nothing to do with roaring crowds, smart plays or perfect passes. Celebrity Baby Scoop spoke with Eli about...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Fireworks, 'Peter Pan' and more

The TD Bank Celebrate America Fireworks at Eisenhower

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fireworks and crafts to "Peter Pan" and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

"Peter Pan The Musical" at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts (2 E. Main St., Smithtown) Follow a mischievous boy who can fly and spends his never-ending childhood adventuring...

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Matt Lauer asks GM's CEO if she can be a good mother, too

Matt Lauer interviews General Motors CEO Mary Barra

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You would think that in 2014, a respected journalist such as Matt Lauer wouldn't perpetuate the days-old debate about whether or not a woman can be both an executive and a good mother. However, on The "Today" show Thursday morning, Lauer asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she could do both her jobs, CEO and mother, well.

Barra sat down with Lauer for an interview that was supposed to be...

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