Today on Home & Family Thursday, June 20th, 2013
" Dancing With the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy reveals why he initially turned down an offer to compete for the mirror ball trophy and how his bad-boy image is misrepresented on the show. Plus, Cristina takes a dance lesson and gets dipped by Maks! Also, he spreads word on a cause very close to his heart. Maks is serving as a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, an organization that raises money to build facilities for severely neglected and abused children.
To see Maks' recent eye-opening visit to a Childhelp center and to help him reach his fundraising goal of $10,000, go to childhelp.org/maks. For more information, please visit www.childhelpusa.com. "Home & Family" generously donated $1,000 to the worthy cause.
Fifteen-year-old singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider will captivate your heart and ears with a soulful performance. The young talent had an affinity for music at a very early age and taught herself to play guitar by Googling it. She talks about how her dad's advice helped her overcome bullying at school. This traumatic experience inspired the lyrics to her song "Butterfly," which she performs for us.
For more with Lizzie, check out lizziesider.com.
Barbecuing with Troy Black
Barbecue pitmaster Troy Black lights up the grill to cook a juicy molasses flank steak and shares tips on how to properly cook and marinate the meat. Additionally, Troy whips together watermelon salsa and guacamole and a refreshing grilled lemonade. And, he also jumped on the gourmet mac & cheese bandwagon by adding a chipotle bacon spin on the popular dish. The former design editor at "Southern Living" magazine explains how he got lured into the competitive bbq circuit as a career shift and never looked back.
For more grilling recipes and tips, please visit cheftroyblack.com and get a copy of Troy's book, "All Fired Up."
Hot Flash Sale
Sandie Newton is back for her weekly installment of Hot Flash Sales with some great deals and steals! Protect your eyes and look like a moviestar in sunglasses for only $14, a 67% savings off retail price. You better act fast if you want to razzle dazzle in this jewelry. The last two times it was featured, it sold out, and at 65%, it's quite a bargain. Sophie also features a crocheted tunic, perfect for a beach coverup or to be worn over a camisole at a savings of 70%. She didn't forget about your four-legged friends. Sophie's offering machine-washable pet beds and car mats for $16-36, which is a 60-70% savings.
Get all of this week's Hot Flash Sale items at www.hotflashsaleonline.com.
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And make sure you visit our animal rescue charity luckypuppyrescueandretail.org.
DIY Natural Facial Masks
Eco and healthy beauty expert Sophie Uliano mixes together three facial masks to treat various skin types using common household ingredients. She also tells you the best methods to apply. A very resistant Mark gets a clay mask painted on his face! At only 6 cents, this is a major savings of having the treatment done for well over $100 at a spa. Plus, Mark and Cristina surprise Sophie with a birthday cake. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Sophie!
IntelliGender Co-Founders Teresa Garland & Rebecca Griffin
Teresa Garland and Rebecca Griffin developed an at-home pre-birth gender test called IntelliGender for eager expectant moms to determine if they're having a baby boy or girl only 10 weeks into the pregnancy. Based off of research dating back to the 17th century, woman would put a urine sample on wheat and on barley. If the barley grew, it signified a boy, and if the wheat grew, it signified a girl. Teresa and Rebecca used this ancient science to formulate their test, which yields a 90% accuracy rate in the laboratory and a 78-82% accuracy rate in-home.
If you'd like to find out more, go to intelligender.com. The test is available for purchase at CVS, Walgreens, and all of your neighborhood drugstores.
The Wedding Series: Bridal Makeup with Blushington
Blushington beauty expert Jessica Scantlin is on hand to discuss wedding makeup with bride-to-be Gabi Kiss. Gabi's hoping to have an all-natural appearance, all while also looking pretty and done-up. Jessica demonstrates her airbrushing technique and more on a model, resulting in a glowing look that will last all day long. Jessica and her expert beauty team will generously pamper Gabi, her mom, and all of her bridesmaids to achieve their wedding day looks.
For Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge locations and makeup classes, please visit www.blushington.com.