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Today on Home & Family Friday, June 27th, 2014


Julie Benz
Actress Julie Benz tells us about all the rounds of auditions she went through before earning her breakout role on "Dexter." Then, she recalls how she reacted to the news that her character would be killed off. Now, Julie has landed a gig on "Defiance" as a mayor turned madam. Then, the self-taught cook teaches us how to make grilled shrimp and plums with a sweet hoisin sauce.

"Defiance" airs Thursdays at 8/7c on Syfy.

Sweat Prevention Remedies with Kym Douglas

Avoid those embarrassing underarm stains with Kym Douglas' home sweat prevention remedies!

Sweat Prevention Remedies with Kym Douglas
Kym Douglas has easy solutions to remedy sweaty pits. She explains that when the aluminum found in antiperspirants and some deodorants mixes with sweat, it creates a protein that causes a yellow stain on your clothing. To prevent this, Kym places a panty liner underneath her arm to soak up her sweat. She also shares how the acidity in apple cider vinegar and lime juice can help solve the problem. And, learn how diluted baking soda can remove an unsightly yellow stain.
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Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com. Follow her on Twitter @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.


Parental Oversharing

To share or not to share, that is the question. "Famous Baby" author Karen Rizzo wrote this novel about parents posting their kids' photos and stories on the web after her own daughter was mortified to learn a personal moment had been shared for the world to read. Style expert Anya Sarre defends her decision to incorporate son Sawyer into her brand ever since before he was born, even creating #sawyersworld for followers to track sharp style. Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP explains her son's disdain upon finding out his life was being shared with his mom's patients. There's really no clear-cut answer to this dilemma. Karen Rizzo's book "Famous Baby" is now in bookstores. Check out style expert Anya Sarre at anyasarre.com and follow her on Twitter @stylistanya.

Take parenting classes instructed by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com. To learn more about parents' concerns with kids go to her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMDMoms. Also, find helpful parenting products at the website Dr. Levenstein co-founded and serves as president of, www.mdmoms.com.

Chef Alexander Weiss Asparagus Ravioli

"MasterChef Junior" champion Chef Alexander Weiss dazzles in the H&F kitchen as he shares his recipe for homemade Asparagus Ravioli!

Chef Alexander Weiss
"MasterChef Junior" winner Chef Alexander Weiss tells us all about his special appearance on the adult version of "MasterChef" and experience with Gordon Ramsey. Then, he makes his recipe for asparagus ravioli using fresh pasta, mint, and nutmeg, topped off with sage. Plus, find out who Alexander's culinary idol is and his plans to hit the high seas on the "MasterChef cruise." Bon voyage!
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Season 4 of "MasterChef" premieres June 30 at 8/7c on FOX.

The "MasterChef" cruise sets sail from November 8-15. Follow Alexander on Twitter @alexandermcjusa.

Banana 101 with Shirley Bovshow

Garden designer Shirley Bovshow teaches everything you need to know about growing and cultivating the world's largest herb

Growing Bananas in Containers with Shirley Bovshow
Shirley Bovshow goes bananas! She teaches us how to plant and grow just a few of the over 1,000 varieties of bananas. Plus, Shirley explains what classifies the plant as an herb, not a tree, and why a banana is actually a berry. We also learn that a cluster of bananas is called a hand and each individual banana is a finger. Who knew?!
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Buy banana plants online at logees.com.

And a special thanks to Melissa's for providing all of today's bananas!

Learn more about how to "grow food with style" at Shirley Bovshow's FoodieGardener.com and on Twitter @FoodieGardeners.


Lipedema with Dermatologist Dr. David Amron

Dermatological surgeon and liposuction specialist Dr. David Amron educates us on a little-known condition called Lipedema, which is the disproportionate swelling of tissues in the legs, calves, legs, ankles, and thighs. He explains how a very precise and complicated liposuction procedure can cure sufferers. Lipedema patient Jasna Tursic shares her personal journey with the diagnosis. Please visit www.amronmd.com and www.facebook.com/groups/lipedemasistersusa.

Take a look at Jasna's Pinterest page @jasnatursic .


Bar Method Workout with Burr Leonard

Bar Method creator and founder Burr Leonard introduces us to the philosophy behind her workout that focuses on isolating muscles for immediately noticeable results. Along with Bar Method studio owners and instructors Katherine and Alysia Moskolis, she demonstrates some exercises that are safe for Debbie Matenopoulos to do while pregnant. Find a studio near you and take online classes worldwide at barmethod.com.

Follow TV personality and style expert Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @IAmDebbieM. Her first cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me," is available in stores now and at amazon.com.

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