Wet & Wild Water Parks

Entertainment: Besides having rides, slides, waves, rivers, pools and kiddie slides this Long Island water park has a thrilling water coaster. It’s called Bootlegger’s Run and is described as a water coaster. It’s a four-man raft that goes uphill for 235 feet with the help of hydromagnetic technology! General admission, 48 inches and over: $39.99; junior admission, under 48 inches tall: $29.99; children 2 and under: free. Save $2 if buying online. Season passes available. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in July. Read more…

Carly Rose Live!

Entertainment: Carly Rose Sonenclar, an X Factor finalist and Mamaroneck teen, appears live at Rye Playland on Saturday June 29th at 7pm. General tickets: $30. For all ages. 813-7010. On Sunday June 30th see […] Read more…

The ABCs of Traveling with a Family

Travel: 1. Pack your positive attitude. An upbeat outlook is infectious and gets everyone excited about the fun ahead. Read more…

Build a Bird Sanctuary in Your Backyard

Outdoor Living: One of my children’s favorite summer pleasures is waking up to birds serenading them in the morning. With their singsong voices and multitude of colors, birds bring your yard to life.  Read more…

7 RED, WHITE & BLUE TREATS FOR JULY 4TH

Nutrition: Use three types of potatoes: traditional white, red skinned and blue or dark purple skinned. Slice and boil the potatoes. Toss with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. You can also use your favorite oil based salad dressing, such as Greek vinaigrette.  Throw in some diced onion and pepper if desired.  Dressing the salad this way instead of with the traditional mayonnaise base will make the dish safer for outdoor events and allow the colors to show through. Read more…

Parenting Products You Can’t Do Without

Technology: Parents look to the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) to find the best products for their families, and the experts and parent testers in the program take their mission to heart. They eagerly dive in and review, play with and meticulously test each entry. The products honored with the NAPPA seal this year stood out because of their innovation, quality, and the creative ways they help make parents’ lives easier. Read more…

When Mama Bear Loses Her Stuffing

Work & Family: While cuddling on the couch watching a movie, my daughter Grace looked up at me and innocently said, “I love that you have gained some weight mom. You are much more comfortable to lay on now. You are like a giant fluffy pillow.” I knew I had gained some weight over the winter, and had not sprung back into shape over spring; but I certainly did not think I had entered the fluffy stage. I probably could have lived with that lie, but summer break was knocking on my door which meant shorts, tank tops and bathing suits were standing right behind it. Read more…

Lake Compounce

Travel: OK, it isn’t Disney and it isn’t Six Flags, but picturesque Lake Compounce Amusement Park, nestled on a hillside in Bristol, Connecticut is one of my family’s favorite parks. Read more…

Local Dads Who Can Dish it Out

Feeding Your Family: The first time my family and I met Alvin Clayton, the owner of the New Rochelle southern Caribbean bistro Alvin & Friends, we had heard through the grapevine that the menu was out of this world. Naturally, as restaurant aficionados, we were curious to check it out. From that very first dinner we were hooked. My family fell in love with the kale chips, mac and cheese, jerk rubbed duck breast and mouth watering southern fried chicken. But more than the food (which incidentally is dynamite), what we loved most about Alvin’s, in a word, was Alvin. Read more…

Carly Rose Sonenclar Talks About Her Singing Adventures

Hot Topics: The first time my family discovered singing phenom Carly Rose Sonenclar, we were hanging out in our living room. As die-hard X Factor fans, we were instantly hooked when we learned the soulful 13-year-old […] Read more…

When Should I Introduce Solid Foods?

Nutrition: A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that many parents are feeding their infants solid food far earlier than recommended by pediatric specialists. This is alarming news as feeding an infant food other than breast milk or formula well before he is ready can adversely affect the baby from a nutritional and immunologic standpoint. Read more…

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