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Today on Home & Family Friday, May 9th, 2014


Monica Potter's Affordable Mother's Day Basket
"Parenthood" actress Monica Potter assembles a beautiful Mother's Day gift basket filled with marmalade, muffins, bath products, and more for under $40! She teaches us how to make chocolate and sprinkle covered sugar spoons and shows us her homemade silk wreath. And, Monica updates us since her last visit on how her business is rebuilding in Ohio following a devastating fire. She's happy to report that she's hired three new women and has plans to move the company to Cleveland, possibly into her childhood home which just hit the market!
Get the sugar spoons recipe and gift basket contents>>

Monica's muffin recipes are available at mrspotter.com.

Bethany Hamilton

Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton discusses her new book "Body & Soul"

Bethany Hamilton
Pro surfer, author, and newlywed Bethany Hamilton reflects on her life in the 10 years since she lost an arm in a shark attack. Exuding positive spirit, Bethany takes pride in being a role model and is even grateful for the accident. Remarkably, less than a month after the attack, she was hitting the waves again and has gone on to become a professional surfer, recently winning her first pro title. In her new book, Bethany is hoping to inspire girls to take better care of their bodies and concentrate on having better posture. She also demonstrates some mat exercises.
"Body & Soul: A Girl's Guide to a Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Life" is available at bethanyhamilton.com.


DIY Personalized Eye Chart Art with Jessie Jane

See if you have 20/20 vision by reading this DIY framed personalized eye chart. Jessie Jane hides messages in the letter arrangements with each line gradually decreasing in size. Careful not to squint. Read these instructions>>

For more with Jessie Jane, visit lilyshop.com and Facebook.

Teeny Lamothe Cooks Strawberry Basil Pie

Chef Teeny Lamothe makes strawberry basil pie from her cookbook "Teeny's Tour of Pie"

Teeny Lamothe Cooks Strawberry Basil Pie
Chef Teeny Lamothe decided to forego culinary school and instead traveled the country as an apprentice in bakeries nationwide. During her journey, she collected a large assortment of pie recipes. Today, Teeny makes her strawberry basil pie using fresh basil from the "Home & Family" garden. She explains why she uses certain ingredients, such as whole wheat flour and vodka, to make the crust flaky.
Take a slice of this recipe>>

Find out where to purchase "Teeny's Tour of Pie" at teenypies.com.


Swoosie Kurtz

Actress Swoosie Kurtz reveals that her unique name originates from an airplane her dad flew in World War II. Though she sadly had to say her final farewell to her beloved father years ago, Swoosie now dedicates time and love in being her 98-year-old mom's primary caregiver. She explains the challenges and rewards of caring for aging parents and shares some fond memories of her mom in better times. Swoosie tells us why now is the perfect time to release her memoir and credits all of her "Mike & Molly" cast mates for their support. "Mike & Molly" airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.

"Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family" is available now. Please visit our Facebook page for more with Swoosie.


Heather Thomson

Yummie by Heather Thomson founder and CCO Heather Thomson updates us on the health of her young son Jax, whose struggles are partially chronicled on "The Real Housewives of New York City." Thanks to a life saving organ donation, Jax survived liver disease and has also battled a chronic lung condition. His latest challenge are receding eardrums that are causing hearing loss, but he has surgery scheduled to hopefully correct this. Aside from her family life, Heather tells us about the relationship dynamic fans can expect between the all the women this season. Plus, Heather introduces us to the latest pieces of apparel from her slimming collection of Yummie shapewear, including a three-panel tank, intimates, and more. She's also excited to announce that her lifestyle brand has expanded to include leggings, denim, bras, and more. "The Real Housewives of New York City" airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.

Shop Yummie by Heather Thomson at yummielife.com. Take advantage of Heather's special discount on Yummie by Heather Thomson for "Home & Family" viewers only. Use the promotional code HFYT30 at checkout. Includes free shipping, excludes gift cards. Previous purchases do not apply. No rainchecks. Not combinable (one code per customer). Expires June 9th.

Follow Heather on Twitter @yummiebyht and Instagram @yummiebyht and check her out on Facebook.


Ali Landry

Actress and entrepreneur Ali Landry is proud to introduce her new mobile app, Favored.by. She explains how great a resource this is for moms to find and rate the best baby products on the market. Users can search what goods are trending, by category, by brand, or by product. Right now, Ali is loving a hip hugger to help balance her 9-month-old.

Favored.by is a free app that allows you to favor (rate) the best products available on the market for new moms. Moms know their kids best, so let's give them the power to decide what their kids need. Favored.by allows you to see those reviews. This app saves you time and money, offers convenience and variety, and limits unnecessary frustration. Personalize your favored.by profile to find products that are most useful to you. Favored.by is available at apple.com/iTunes.

Visit alilandrylife.com and follow her on Twitter @alilandry.

Cristina Cooks Slow Cooker Ham and Eggs

With the guidance of "Taste of Home" editor-in-chief Catherine Cassidy via Skype, Cristina makes Andrea Schaak's award-winning recipe for slow cooker ham and eggs.

Cristina Cooks Slow Cooker Ham & Eggs
"Taste of Home" editor-in-chief Catherine Cassidy Skypes in on behalf of recipe creator Andrea Schaak of Jordan, MN to share an outstanding brunch recipe. Cristina leads us through the steps of cooking ham and eggs in a slow cooker. The end result looks similar to a quiche. This highly regarded recipe even won a runner-up spot in the slow cooker contest featured in the April issue of the magazine.

"Taste of Home" is the #1 food and entertaining magazine in the world, with 3.2 million readers. Each year, "Taste of Home" receives more than 11,000 ideas and recipe submissions from real home cooks across the country. Just under 2,000 recipes are tested and then featured in "Taste of Home" magazines, cookbooks, and on tasteofhome.com.

Skip1 with Shelene Bryan

Skip1.org founder Shelene Bryan inspires people to skip one luxury or meal to instead donate that money to children in East Africa.

Shelene Bryan
Skip1.org founder Shelene Bryan ditched her career as a successful Hollywood producer to bring goodwill to East Africa. To teach her children selflessness, she sponsored children in need for $25 per week. Growing suspicious it may be a scam, Shelene packed her bags and headed to Africa to meet the children she had been sending money to. Meeting the little boy and girl in person has forever changed her life. She took them from their little village to the capitol of their country to get them a bed, sheets, blanket, and mosquito nets all for only $20. Shelene is hard at work inspiring more Americans to simply skip one meal, a latte, a manicure, a round of golf, or tooth fairy money to instead send that money to provide these East African children with food, education, and clothing. She tells us how she staged an elaborate gala dinner, but instead of serving food, had the image of a child on each plate that would benefit from the money raised that night.

Skip1.org encourages donors to skip one part of your regular spending and donate the money you would have spent. Start "skipping" for charity at skip1.org.

"Love, Skip, Jump" is available in stores now. Please visit shelenebryan.com.

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