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7 celebrity pregnancy confessions

Kim Kardashian revealed her pregnancy confessions to CelebrityBabyScoop.com.

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While pregnancy can be a joyous time, it can also present some odd symptoms and fears. From Jenna Dewan-Tatum‘s hormonal dreams and Kim Kardashian‘s wacky food cravings to Kristin Cavallari‘s delivery dilemma, CelebrityBabyScoop.com spoke with seven celebrity moms and their pregnancy confessions.

Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West welcomed their first child...

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Crafts for kids: Framed stamp art

The Framed Stamp Art craft can be found

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Sure, it's the first week of school but that doesn't mean kids still can't get crafty. If you're wondering what to do with snail-mail stamps, why not use a few to create some framable wall art instead of throwing them away or collecting them in albums? I found the craft in "Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share"...

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It's time for mothers to smile

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Another mother at my son’s new school shocked me when, upon meeting her, I asked what it’s like to have six children.

“It’s fun,” she said without a hint of sarcasm in her voice.

I soon discovered that she not only has a large brood but is raising her five daughters and one son, ages 2 to 12, on her own.

From what I usually observe, it’s almost unfathomable to think that a woman...

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'Julius Jr.' premieres Sunday on Nick Jr.

On Sunday, Sept 29., Nick Jr. will premier

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It was only a matter of time for a cute sock monkey to make its television debut.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., Nick Jr. will premier a new animated preschool series "Julius Jr.," inspired by Paul Frank's famous monkey and his family of characters, including Worry Bear, Clancy, Sheree and Ping. Julius Jr. is a property of Saban Brands.

The show follows the adventures of Julius Jr....

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Free admission to 16 Long Island museums

At the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education

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If there are museums your family hasn't ventured to on Long Island, Saturday is the day to do it.

For one day only, in honor of Museum Day Live hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, 16 museums in Nassau and Suffolk counties are offering free general admission for one person, plus a guest this Saturday.

Tickets must be ordered at smithsonianmag.com/museumday and it's one ticket per household,...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Fairs and festivals, 'Sound of Music' and more

The Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From family fall festivals and crafts to the "Sound of Music" and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage). Families can enjoy children's games, pony rides, craft demonstrations,...

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'MasterChef Junior' judge Graham Elliot talks fatherhood, food and more

"MasterChef Junior" airs Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on

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Fox's "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot knows a thing or two about restaurants, food and fatherhood. The Michelin starred chef from Chicago owns three restaurants, appeared as one of the "MasterChef" judges for four seasons and is a dad to three boys, Mylo, 6, Conrad, 3, and Jedediah, 1.

Tomorrow, Elliot is joining his fellow "MasterChef" judges Gordon Ramsay and...

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Feeding the kids: Waffle sandwich with bananas

The waffle with banana sandwich 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 easy breakfast idea. I found the recipe in "Kitchenability 101: The College Student's Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food," by Nisa Burns (Kitchenability Press; $17.95).

Banana Cinnamon Waffles with Bananas (Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients - 2 whole-grain toaster...

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Teen gets driver's license, Mom enters 'The Terrifying Years'

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Yesterday my son drove to Chipotle for dinner.

I was petrified the entire ride.

And I wasn’t even in the car.

See, yesterday afternoon, my 17-year-old passed his road test and earned his driver’s license. (Side note to parents: When you're on pins and needles at the conclusion of the test trying to decipher from your child's facial expression and body language how he did, if you...

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9 fun play date ideas for kids

WhattoExpect.com offered nine fun play date tips for

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A few friends and I all have two year olds. This has worked out well for play dates, but after a couple of years of well-planned weekend and after-work activities, we're running out of ideas for keeping the little ones engaged.

WhatToExpect.com (WTE) recently featured creative suggestions for keeping preschoolers entertained. Here are some of my favorites:

Outdoor outings When the weather...

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