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Today on Home & Family Monday, December 16th, 2013


Mary McDonnell
Actress Mary McDonnell talks about how "The Closer" birthed her spin-off, "Major Crimes." She also discusses aging in Hollywood and an increase in roles being written for mature women. Plus, Mary shares her favorite story involving Kevin Costner. Then, she explains how she has opened her heart to two little girls, Savannah and Seattle, who are both suffering from incurable and potentially fatal illnesses.
Tune in to " Major Crimes" on Mondays at 9/8c on TNT. And, follow Mary on Twitter @marymcdonnell10.

For information about Savannah and Seattle, go to gofundme.com.

Blissful DIY Beauty Products with Kym Douglas
Kym Douglas teaches us the formula to blissful beauty products you can make at home with common ingredients you already have in your pantry. These personalized gifts include edible Puck Up Bliss Lips, Fountain of Youth Bliss Perfume, and Bliss Bath Sea Salt Souffle. Kym explains how scents, such as grapefruit and roses, affect your beauty. Plus, Kym announces she'll be launching her own line of products.
Learn Kym's mixtures>>

Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com. Follow her on Twitter @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.

Cristina Cooks "Taste of Home" Hors D'oeuvres
Managing editor of "Taste of Home" Mark Hagen joins us today via Skype to share two appetizer recipes with Cristina. First up is a Tuscan sausage and bean dip that was submitted by Mandy Rivers from Lexington, SC. Next, is mouth-watering bacon-wrapped sweet potato bites, submitted by Kelly Williams from Forked River, NJ. Mark invites you to check out the December issue of "Taste of Home" for plenty more hors d'oeuvres recipes.
Find these appetizer recipes here>>

"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.

Car Seat Guidelines with Peter Greenberg
Travel detective Peter Greenberg shares safety guidelines for flying with young children. He cautions parents about the dangers of traveling with a baby or infant on their lap. A crash test dummy video depicts the horrific outcome of what is considered a "survivable plane crash." Peter explains how to properly restrain children for the duration of your flight. He also shares other helpful travel tips, such as childproofing your hotel room and travelling on off-peak weeks.
Buckle up for Peter's safety tips>>

Please visit Peter at petergreenberg.com. And, check out cruisebrothers.com and airfarewatchdog.com when booking your next vacation.

Daisy Fuentes
TV personality and fashion designer Daisy Fuentes discusses her return to Spanish-language television as host of Telemundo's "La Voz Kids," which is a Latin version of "The Voice" for young children. She also explains what sparked her interest in pursuing fashion design. Daisy takes her celebrity status seriously, using her voice to raise awareness for and be actively involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Daisy Fuentes' holiday collection is available now in Kohl's stores across America and kohls.com. Make sure to follow her on Twitter @daisyfuentes.

Watch "La Voz Kids" on Sundays at 8/7c on Telemundo.

Donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org or by phone at 1-800-4STJUDE.

Cristina Cooks Pillsbury Funfetti Sandwich Cookies
It's time to break out the funfetti! Cristina bakes Pillsbury Funfetti Sandwich Cookies. This colorful treat is perfect to pair with a refreshing glass of milk when Santa comes to deliver your gifts.

Get more information at pillsburybaking.com.

Jessie Jane's DIY Chalkboard Christmas Tree
Don't have space for a Christmas tree? Don't want to vacuum up the pine needles? Jessie Jane has the perfect solution! She paints a wall of the "Home & Family" house with chalkboard paint. After allowing it to dry for three days, she draws a Christmas tree, fireplace, and framed Rudolph portrait. Then, she trims the tree with a strand of copper wire lights.
Get the instructions here>>

For more with Jessie Jane, visit lilyshop.com.

Letting Kids Entertain Themselves with Dr. JJ Levenstein
Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP is here to weigh in on the recent iPad activity seat debate. The latest baby accessory stirred up quite a lot of controversy in the media. Dr. Levenstein explains how screen time deprives kids of improving linguistic skills, social interaction, aqequate sleep, ability to empathize, and more longterm consequences. Instead, she suggests allowing a baby to discover new things about themselves and the world around them by looking at their reflection in a mirror. But, Dr. Levenstein does admit to the many benefits of educational programming, such as "Sesame Street."
Find helpful parenting products at www.mdmoms.com. Take parenting classes instructed by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com.

Makeover Monday
Jenny Cheung is this Monday's lucky makeover recipient. After recently moving to LA for her husband Michael Ziegler's job, Jenny is looking to reinvent herself and start anew. Our glam squad swooped in and in a matter of two hours, Jenny went from drap to fab and was turned into a Maxxinista.
Meet our glam squad: 1. Nicole Chavez, celebrity stylist, nicolechavez.com and @NicoleChavezStyle on Instragram
2. Kylee Heath, celebrity hairstylist, kyleeheath.com and Twitter @KyleeRaeHeath
3. Jamie Greenberg, celebrity makeup artist, @jamiemakeup

We'd like to thank T.J. Maxx for providing us with the clothes used in this makeover.

You can follow TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @iamdebbiem.

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