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Jennifer Berger

Jennifer Berger runs the Kids section on exploreLI.com, covering all things kids and parenting on Long Island including news, trends, family-friendly events, product and book reviews, reader highlights and more. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, Jason, and their young children, Maggie and Benjamin.

Feeding the kids: BLT tomato soup

The BLT tomato soup 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 a delicious soup. I found the recipe in “Delicious Disney Just for Kids," by the Disney Chefs with Pam Brandon (Disney Editions; $14.95).

BLT Tomato Soup(Serves 6 to 8)

Ingredients- 8 slices of bacon- 2 tablespoons butter- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic- 3 tablespoons chopped onion- 1...

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10 things college admissions officers want to see

What can high school students do to impress

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High school students may wonder what colleges are looking for in future applicants. To help your children stand out from the rest of the applicants, Mandee Heller Adler, author of "From Public Schools to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources" (Biographical Publishing Company, $14.95), offers the following tips.

1. Choose the right high school classes. "Take...

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Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 review

The new Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 comes equipped

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My 3-year-old daughter, Maggie, has just about every tablet designed for kids, yet she only wants to play with our iPad. That is until she tried the new Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 -- I can't get her to put it down.

The new tablet runs on the Android 4.2 OS and comes preloaded with more than 70 popular books, apps and games, plus full versions of 25 top-rated books and apps from Disney, Marvel...

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Sprout's 'Mom is Here' Instagram contest

Sprout's "Mom Is Here" Instagram contest ends Sunday,

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Sprout, a 24-hour preschool network, recently kicked off its annual "Mom Is Here" contest. Now through Sunday, April 27, moms are encouraged to take fun pictures of themselves with their kids and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #momishere.

Eleven moms (one grand-prize winner and 10 first-prize winners) will be randomly selected to see their pictures featured in a 60-second commercial...

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Earth Day events for kids on Long Island

Students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in

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Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, which makes it the perfect time to talk to your children about protecting the environment. Teaching kids not to litter, to recycle and to not waste materials may sometimes be challenging, but fun, family-friendly activities are the perfect way to help them celebrate the day.

Here, a few Earth Day events for kids around Long Island:

Our Changing World -...

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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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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.

Mom's...

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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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