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Royal baby name predictions and more

Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their

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Recently, the British royal family announced that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her second child. And, as you may have guessed, royal predictions have been creating a buzz.

In a BabyCentre U.K. news release, the company predicts the latest royal addition is likely to be given a traditional name: While "Victoria, currently at number 71 in the baby name chart, has...

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5 simple solutions to make bath time more fun

FamilyFun Magazine offered five tips to help make

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Do you have a bath time routine for your kids? In my house, my husband and I divide and conquer. One of us will bathe our 3-year-old daughter and the other will bathe our 1-year-old son. This way, we finish bath time quicker and have more time to relax and play with the kids after work.

I recently stumbled upon a few great bath-night tips that I wanted to share. I found them in the September...

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10 Hollywood home births

Celebrity Baby Scoop rounded up 10 celebrities who

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Hollywood is having a baby boom. And some of our favorite celebrity moms are welcoming their babies at home.

While home births still constitute less than 1 percent of total births in the United States, births at home have increased 50 percent since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Celebrity Baby Scoop rounded up 10 celebrity moms -- including Cindy...

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Family festivals in late September on Long Island

Visit Otto the Ghost at Hicks Nurseries in

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Late September is a great time to explore the many family festivals that take place throughout Long Island. Here are a few of them:

The Fall Family Fun Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. The free event will feature children's workshops, pumpkin contests and more. Call 516-334-0066 for...

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Outdoor adventure books for kids

The "Treasure Hunter's Handbook" by Liza Gardner Walsh

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With school back in session, kids may be especially eager to get outside and play on September weekends as a break. These new books will help them explore and have fun.

The "Treasure Hunter's Handbook" (Down East Books, $16.95) by Liza Gardner Walsh offers suggestions for activities, including geocaching, using a metal detector, panning for gold and hunting for everyday treasures.


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Celebrate 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sept.

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Ahoy there, mateys! Friday, Sept. 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which means thousands of lubbers around the world will unleash their inner pirates. Planning on throwing a pirate-themed party for your kids? Want to wear knickers and an eye patch to work? Here's a primer for all things pirate:

The basicsThis unique holiday was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Winnie-the-Pooh,' fall festivals and more

"Winnie the Pooh" will be performed at the

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and "Winnie the Pooh" to bicycle safety and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

For the Kids of East Islip Carnival at Timber Point Elementary School (200 Timber Point Rd., East Islip). Kids and families can enjoy rides, games and...

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Mabel's Labels co-founder Julie Cole talks business and motherhood

Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel's Labels, is pictured

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Julie Cole, mother of six and co-founder of Mabel's Labels, a personalized label company that moms love, knows a thing or two about being busy. The entrepreneur is a regular parenting contributor for HLN's "Raising America" and "CHCH Morning Live." She appeared on NBC's "Today" show and is a syndicated blogger for The Huffington Post, Yummy Mummy Club and more.

Now that the new school year...

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Feeding the kids: Fruit smoothie

The fruit smoothie recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a colorful, healthy smoothie. I found the recipe in "My First Juices & Smoothies: Healthy Recipes Children Will Love," by Amanda Cross (Hamlyn, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group; $9.99).

Fruit Smoothie(Makes 2 standard glasses)

Ingredients- 3 kiwifruits- 2/3 cup tangy flavored...

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National School Backpack Awareness Day safety tips

Tips to help your children avoid backpack injury.

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Are your kids about to topple over each morning because their backpacks are so heavy? The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) marks Sept. 17 the annual National School Backpack Awareness Day to help educate parents and students about the risks of pain and injury from a backpack that is too heavy or worn improperly. Here are tips to keep in mind:

- Select a backpack that has wide,...

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