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Net a great idea for Mother's Day

There are only six more days until Mother's Day. If you're the kind of kid who struggles each May to find the perfect way to wish your Mom a happy one, here's an idea for where to turn for help: the Internet.

Type in the address http://www.disney.com and click on the "Make Mother's Day extra special!" icon. You'll be sent to a site that offers gifts you can buy or, even better, make yourself for free.

You'll also find easy-to-follow directions to making candy meringue nests, a personalized painted clay flower pot and a locket filled with Mom's favorite faces.

Tara! Tara! Read all about her

She's probably the best-known kid athlete today. Gold-winning ice skater Tara Lipinski, who recently turned pro and will perform in Tampa May 21 as part of the Campbell's Soup Champions on Ice show, has come out with a book titled what else? Totally Tara: An Olympic Journey (Universe Publishing, $25).

The 144-page paperback (more photos than text) chronicles the skater's road to gold. The book describes such details as her choices of music and choreography for her Olympic skating programs. We also get a peek at her personal life. Turns out, 15-year-old Tara likes to make ice cream sundaes and go shopping and that she's friends with fellow skater Oksana Baiul.

Fun tattoos camouflage cuts and scrapes

If you've banged up your knee or elbow or some other appendage, you might as well have fun with the covering you put on it.

The 3M company has invented Nexcare Waterproof Bandages with tattoo designs. They're available in three categories. The "Wildlife" collection has tigers, whales and frogs. The "Sports" collection offers in-line skating, baseball and basketball and the "Cool" collection is made up of peace signs, smiley faces and lava lamps. Once in place, the transparent bandage looks like a tattoo but is actually busy protecting your wound.

To ensure the art work on the bandages would appeal to kids, 3M solicited kids' input in selecting the designs. Each box contains 25 bandages in assorted sizes, costs about $4. They're sold in grocery and drug stores.

Hooked on horror

The sequels keep on coming from the land of horror movies. If you're a fan of gory flicks (and your parents are okay with that), you'll probably enjoy the return of Freddy from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason from the Friday the 13th pics in an upcoming movie titled Jason vs. Freddy.

If that one doesn't scare you enough, the evil doll Chucky from the Child's Play films will be at it again in The Bride of Chucky, and the character of Michael Myers will be part of Halloween: H20.

There's more. Unlike his horror cohorts, the hook-handed Candyman's newest turn is going direct to video.

You can't hurry love

When it comes to marriage, Titanic star and coverboy of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" issue, Leonardo DiCaprio, says he's in no hurry to pick a mate. The movie star wants "20 years of living together" with someone before making her Mrs. DiCaprio.

The 23-year-old heartthrob told the German magazine Bunte that if he did marry, "it would only be if I had already lived with my partner for a long time, about 10 or 20 years."

DiCaprio also said he was overwhelmed by how nice his admirers are. He said he has been surprised that they've wanted only "just to talk a little, take a photo, or have an autograph," unlike fellow stars who get the maniacs.

Be sure to hug an animal this week

Today through Saturday is officially "Be Kind to Animals Week." For 83 years, the American Humane Association has designated a special week to encourage folks to help animals instead of hurt them.

Kids are encouraged to celebrate by showing kindness to family pets and wildlife. Here are some things you can do to be kind to your animal friends:

Give your pets lots of toys. Like you, they get bored and like to play with new things.

While reading or watching television, pet or brush your dog, cat or rabbit.

Don't share snacks with your pets. The chemicals found in the stuff we eat can be dangerous to them.

Don't feed squirrels, raccoons or other animals that roam your neighborhood. They will become dependent on you as a food source.

_ Information from Times wires was used in this report

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