Today on Home & Family Friday, July 12th, 2013
Co-Host of "omg! Insider," Thea Andrews
Co-host of " omg! Insider" Thea Andrews joins the family today. Thea discusses the latest in celebrity news including Lamar Odom's paparazzi flip out and the latest on the royal baby. Plus, Thea shares her favorite memories from reporting on Hollywood's biggest celebrities and celebrity events. And later, Thea shares a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes!
And for more entertainment news follow Thea Andrews on twitter @TheaAndrews
"The Biggest Loser's" Devin Alexander
"The Biggest Loser" chef, Devin Alexander stops by and shows how to make your favorite summer BBQ foods with fewer calories. From bacon cheese burgers and potato salad to tasty margaritas, Devin shares the tips to cut the calories without sacrificing flavor!
And you can get more from Devin Alexander at her website www.devinalexander.com.
Vacation Home Exchanging
Worldwide home exchanges have opened up a new way for travelers to save money and enjoy local flavor while on vacation. Today Mark & Cristina welcome the President and Founder of Home Exchange, Ed Kushins, to explain how home exchanges work and share why it's such a cost effective option for many travelers.
Learn more about Vacation Home Exchanges at homeexchange.com.
Anya Sarre's Shoe Slimming Tips
Style expert Anya Sarre explains how you can get a slim downed look by picking the right shoes! First Anya explains how some very popular styles of shoe may not necessarily be the most flattering look. Then Anya shows how to pick the perfect shoe to accent your legs and give you a slim and sleek look!
Animal Assisted Therapy
From Pet Partners, Jack Barron shares important information on animal assisted therapy. Animal assisted therapy uses animals as a form of treatment with the goal of improving a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Today Jack discusses the with Mark & Cristina what it takes to become a therapy dog and volunteer.
Criteria for Getting you and your pet involved:
1) You need a connection/bond with your pet because you are working as a team.
2) Pet MUST have basic obedience training knowledge—complete training and commands.
3) Comfortable in unfamiliar settings- Keep in mind you are both in hospital rooms where there are beeping machines, many people, balloons, sounds, etc so they must be impervious to all stimulus. Good places to test this are outdoor malls, unfamiliar parks and car washes (for noise). Learn more about Animal Assisted Therapy at
Mark's DIY Painting Tips & Tricks
Anyone who has put in a long weekend of painting knows that cleaning brushes and rollers can be the worst part of a project. With that in mind, today Mark shares some simple tips to make paint clean-up a snap. Plus, some of Mark's tips will not only save you time, but will also save you extra money!
And, visit "Home & Family" on pinterest for more great DIY projects and crafts!