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Feeding the kids: Peanut butter and jam bars

The peanut butter and jam bar recipe can

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

Peanut Butter and Jam Bars(Makes 16, 2-inch bars)

IngredientsFor the crust:- 2 cups all-purpose flour- 1 cup packed light...

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Mother-daughter event on Saturday in Garden City

Sheira Brayer of Dix Hills will be running

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Moms and their tween and teen daughters can bond during “Motiv8: 8 Ways to Rock Your Own World” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cactus Academy at Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City.

The day is meant to empower moms and daughters by giving them tools to improve their communication and reduce stress in their relationship, says Sheira Brayer of Dix Hills, a motivational...

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Disney's most popular princesses

Terapeak tracked eBay sales history of Disney's most

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"Frozen," the highest-grossing animated film of all time, recently brought Disney's princesses back into the limelight. Parents are spending big money to get their little princesses "Frozen" merchandise.

With Elsa and Anna recently taking center stage, Terapeak, a source for analyzing and predicting consumer and product behavior in e-commerce, tracked the eBay sales history of Disney's most...

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Elwood school cancels kindergarten show so kids can study

Should school performances be canceled so kindergartners can

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I can still remember practicing for school performances. I was the lead angel in the first grade Christmas pageant, I sang my heart out at our year-end show and, in eighth grade, I played Edith Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank."

I also remember how proud my parents were watching from the audience. Now, as a mother with two young children, I wonder if I will share these special moments with...

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Banning chocolate milk in schools lowers milk consumption

A recent study from Cornell University Food and

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Banning chocolate milk in school cafeterias may have negative consequences on kids' overall milk consumption, according to a new study.

Researchers from Cornell University Food and Brand Lab found that when flavored milk was removed in 11 Oregon elementary schools, students took 10 percent less milk and wasted 29 percent more milk.

What's more, there was a 7 percent decrease in District's...

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Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower in NYC

The Biggest Baby Shower founded by the Big

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With all the new baby products popping up, it's no wonder soon-to-be parents may be overwhelmed with what to buy. To help new parents, Big City Moms, a social group that connects moms, moms-to-be and families through events, is hosting the Biggest Baby Shower Ever on April 29 in Manhattan.

The show will highlight more than 100 companies in the baby industry to help new and expecting moms learn...

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Funny, poignant videos by teens encourage safer driving

A scene from one of the 10 finalists

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The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge asked teens nationwide to create videos shorter than 90 seconds that would inspire friends to drive more safely, and more than 1,000 teens answered the call. The top 10 finalists are now online so the public can vote for the winners.

The videos ranging from humorous to poignant, show how distracted driving can change lives forever. One video shows a fortune...

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'Rio 2' characters part of Kohl's latest philanthropy effort

The newest philanthropy effort by Kohl's Cares involves

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Kohl’s department stores are harnessing the magic of the movies with the newest Kohl’s Cares merchandise collection – it features characters from the new movie "Rio 2." Choices include Blu, Gabi and Luiz plush toys, a “Blu’s Wild Journey” storybook and a jigsaw puzzle of artwork from "Rio 2." Each of the choices is $5, and 100 percent of the net profit supports the Kohl’s Cares philanthropic effort...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: All Kids Fair, EcoFest and more

A women strolling past a Longleaf Pine tree

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the All Kids Fair and EcoFest to a Dr. Seuss performance and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

National Park Week at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Sagamore Hill Road, Cove Neck). Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by holding...

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and other new graphic novels for kids

Jeff Kinney, creator of the "Diary of a

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Jeff Kinney, creator of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, will host a 30-minute webcast at 9 a.m. Monday, April 28 where he will give a sneak peek at the new Wimpy Kid book, out Nov. 4, including the cover, its color and the title. Teachers and librarians can stream the broadcast. To register individually, kids must be 13 or older; children younger than 13 can have a parent register for them. If...

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