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Today on Home & Family Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Nigel Lythgoe
"So You Think You Can Dance" creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe discusses his involvement in a documentary titled "Dancing in Jaffa." The film chronicles a program that teaches school children confidence and discipline through the art of ballroom dancing. The biggest challange, though, is uniting Jews and Arabs in friendly competition on the dance floor. The outcome is quite peaceful. Nigel also chats about a slight change to "SYTYCD" this upcoming season. The show will showcase dance crews as well. Plus, he informs us about BritWeek, a celebration of Brits living in LA that features a special Shakespearean night.
The new season of "So You Think You Can Dance" premieres Wednesday, May 28 at 8/7c on FOX.

"Dancing in Jaffa" is in theaters now. Find a theater near you at dancinginjaffa.com. Learn more about Brit Week at britweek.com.

Cristina Cooks Galaktoboureko
We here at "Home & Family" would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Debbie Matenopoulos, who has announced she eloped in Greece and is four months pregnant! Eating for two, the glowing mommy-to-be is already proud of her first baby, her cookbook "It's All Greek to Me." Today, she and Cristina bake a different kind of bun in the oven, the Greek dish galaktoboureko.
Follow TV personality and style expert Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @IAmDebbieM. Her first cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me," will be available in stores on April 28.


DIY Garden Stepping Stones with Ken Wingard

Ken Wingard has a great way to repurpose old, chipped plates. He uses them to create artistic mosaic stepping stones for your garden. Follow these instructions>>

Visit Ken Wingard at KennethWingard.com and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard.


Alyssa Sutherland

Actress Alyssa Sutherland separates fact versus fiction on "Vikings." She discusses the authenticity of the cast's costumes and their rigorous shooting schedule in extreme climates in Ireland. Plus, Alyssa tells us all about the challenges of filming with roaming livestock on set. "Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10/9c on the History Channel.

Follow Alyssa on Twitter @therealalyssas.


Tracey Mallett

Fitness and wellness expert and The Booty Barre creator Tracey Mallett opens up regarding her devastating diagnosis with a brain tumor. She tells us the heartwrenching tale of how chronic migraines led to the discovery of her tumor. Grateful for the expert care she received at USC, Tracey underwent a seven hour surgery to remove the growth. She hopes that by sharing her personal struggle, it'll serve as a lesson to others to be vigilant about their health, to always seek a second opinion, and to live in the moment. Learn more about Tracey at traceymallett.com. Get information about her fitness program at thebootybarre.com.


Innovative Items for the Home with Maxwell Ryan

After seven years in the classroom, Maxwell Ryan founded Apartment Therapy. During his career as a teacher, he learned the homes with a safe, organized, and comfortable environment produced the best students. Since its conception, Apartment Therapy has expanded from making over apartments to entire houses worldwide. Maxwell seeks to inspire people by connecting them to resources. Today, he introduces three innovative items. First is a magnetic display system to hang photographs, art projects, etc. without cluttering your fridge door. Also, learn how food grows and create your own indoor ecosystem with a fish and plant. Get further details>>

Products: 1. Dartstrip, $25, dartstrip.com
2. Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit, $19.99, backtotheroots.com
3. AquaFarm, $59.99, backtotheroots.com

We invite you to the world of Apartment Therapy by visiting apartmenttherapy.com, follow Maxwell on Twitter @AptTherapy, and on Instagram @apartmenttherapy.

Taps Performs

Singer/songwriter Taps tells us his inspiring story of his tough childhood in a Zimbabwe orphanage to pursuing is passion for music in LA. Then

Singer/Songwriter Taps
Singer/songwriter Taps has quite an intriguing backstory. Raised in an orphanage in Zimbabwe, Taps taught himself to play guitar and piano. This former introvert used music as an outlet to finally break out of his shell. After volunteering with Rock of Africa to hand out mosquito nets and dig water wells, Taps enrolled in the Musicians Institute in LA to pursue a career in music. Today, he performs an original song, "When You Said Goodbye."
Follow Taps: facebook.com/taps.mugadza
youtube.com/user/tapsempire
Twitter @tapsempire


Hollywood Steals

Sandie Newton has more great gift ideas for this Mother's Day. Spoil your mom with a handmade charm bracelet or necklace. Prices range from $34-48. Help her get her beauty sleep with this memory foam pillow, originally designed for NASA, for $20-29. Suck up crumbs and more with a rechareable handheld vacuum for only $19. Get mesmerized by a double helix Crystal Gardens Swirling Swarovski decoration at $29. And, shower your mom with a gift that keeps on giving. It's a versatile piece of fabric can be used as a vest, shawl, scarf, and so much more for only $19. To take advantage of these Hollywood Steals and more, call 1-855-655-STEAL (1-855-655-7832) or visit http://www.hollywoodsteals.com/.

Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/hollywoodsteals for contests and giveaways!

To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject. Learn more about pets up for adoption at wyldersholisticpetcenter.com and www.theflashsalesgirls.com.

Growing Vegetables on Your Patio

Shirley Bovshow plants a patio-sized vegetable garden in containers.

Shirley Bovshow
Shirley Bovshow shows us how to grow an entire vegetable garden in containers on our patio. She plants a wide variety of veggies, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and peppers. Shirley explains the amount of sunshine the plants require, as well as how to feed and care for them.
Read complete instructions here>>

Enter Hallmark Channel's Renew-It-All Sweepstakes>> Find garden inspiration at www.burpeehomegardens.com and get yearlong gardening advice from your Burpee Garden Coach at www.burpeecoach.com.

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

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