Long Island Parent Talk

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Feeding the kids: Macaroni and cheese soup

The Macaroni and Cheese Soup 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 savory twist on a classic comfort food. I found the recipe in "Recipe Girl," by Lori Lang (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $24.99).

Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients For the tomatoes: - 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half - 1 tablespoon...

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12 tips for taking the grandkids to Disney World Orlando

Tips for taking your grandkids to Disney World

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My husband and I recently spent our vacation in the happiest place on earth — Disney World in Orlando — with three of our grandchildren (ages 10 and 7-year-old twins) along with our son and daughter-in-law. It was a trip we'd been planning for six months. If you're planning a trip with your grandkids, I thought I'd share a few tips that helped us before we left and while we were there.

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Loews Hotels & Resorts offers new getaways for parents

Loews Hotels & Resorts now offers "Mommymoon" and

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Many parents-to-be take a "BabyMoon," a vacation before the baby arrives. But what about a trip post-pregnancy to help you relax and unwind?

While planning a trip the months after having a baby may sound challenging, Loews Hotels & Resorts has made it easier for new moms (and dads) to catch a little R&R, whether you're planning your first weekend away from your newborn or...

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More than 12,000 kids treated for food-related choking

According to a new study published in "Pediatrics,"

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Hot dogs and hard candy top the list of foods children younger than four are most likely to choke on, according to a new study published in "Pediatrics."

An average of 12,400 children younger than 14 years of age are treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal food-related choking annually, which equals 34 children a day.

What foods top the list? Hard candy caused most choking...

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5 ways to build a better lemonade stand

International Delight offers tips on how to build

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When I think back to my childhood, I often remember setting up a lemonade stand with my sister in front of our house. We'd sell the classic summertime drink for 5 cents to our neighbors and friends who'd pass by.

The other day I noticed our neighbor's kids set up a lemonade stand and I couldn't believe how things have changed. Not only did they have lemonade, but they also had candy, water...

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Best and worst celebrity baby news of 2012

David Beckham carries daughter Harper, 2, as he

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It’s been another year of amazing photos, headlines and stories on CelebrityBabyScoop.com. More than 34,000 readers voted and determined the best – and worst! – of 2012′s celebrity baby news in the 5th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Check out the best and worst baby news of 2012:

Best baby name of 2012

1. Luca Cruz Comrie (son of Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie) 2. Samuel Garner Affleck...

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How to boost your child's communication skills

Fiona Barry, founder of TalkingTipsForKids.com, provides tips for

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My two-year-old daughter started talking pretty early on. But just because she could tell me what she wanted didn't always mean we communicated effectively.

It can be frustrating, especially to new parents, when kids are first learning to talk. So I reached out to Fiona Barry, founder of talkingtipsforkids.com who provided tips for helping children develop their speech and language skills....

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Moving into the dorm? There's a bellhop for that

For a flat $95 fee, Campusbellhops.com will provide

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Dreading the day you have to move your child into the dorm? What if two strapping college lads could show up at your car as soon as you pull up and unload everything for you? No more sweating, waiting for elevators, hassling with the chaos?

The dream has come true, thanks to a new business called Campus Bellhops. Two Auburn University grads launched the business in 2011 at their Alabama alma...

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Take a day trip to Manhattan's Plaza Hotel for 'Eloise' activities

Manhattan's Plaza Hotel hosts themed "Eloise" events through

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If your child – or you! – is an "Eloise" fan, you might want to make a day trip to Manhattan’s iconic Plaza Hotel a part of your summer plans: The Plaza, at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, has a host of daytime Eloise-themed activities on the agenda through the end of August.

Eloise was immortalized in books by Kay Thompson in the 1950s. Eloise is a little girl who lives at...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Zoppe Italian Family Circus, free events, exotic animals and more

The Zoppe Italian Family Circus takes place July

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Zoppe Italian Family Circus and animal adventures to outdoor movies, free events and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Zoppe Italian Family Circus at Westhampton Beach Great Lawn (The corner of Main Street and Potunk Lane, Westhampton). Audience participation...

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