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Today on Home & Family Thursday, March 20th, 2014


Meditation with Media Mogul & Author Russell Simmons
Talking about his new book, "Success Through Stillness," media mogul and author Russell Simmons joins the family! Russell discusses the metaphysical ‘high’ he achieved at his first yoga class and explains how that feeling of freedom was the first step to changing his life. Now, 20 years later, Russell has become an expert meditator using the moments of stillness and tranquility to improve his productivity and creativity. Russell, whose hectic lifestyle has earned him the nickname "Uncle Rush," also explains the proven health benefits of meditating and how anyone at any age can benefit from daily meditation.
Russell Simmons' Tips on How to Start Meditating:
1. Find a comfortable seat.
2. Sit cross-legged on the floor or if that is too difficult, sit up straight in a chair.
3. Find your mantra (a good mass mantra is "rum").
4. Set your timer for 20 minutes so you don't have to look at the clock.
5. Close your eyes and just let your mind calm itself.

Russell’s Book " Success Through Stillness" is available now wherever books are sold.

Fabio Viviani & his Beautiful Fiancée Ashley
Fabio and his beautiful fiancée Ashley share one of their favorite recipes, Italian Tacos! Unlike traditional Mexican tacos, Fabio and Ashley's Italian tacos are made with basil and other traditional Italian seasonings. Fabio and Ashley’s Italian taco is a wonderful fusion of traditional Italian flavors merged into a favored Latin dish. And as a bonus, Fabio and Ashley give a little insight into their upcoming wedding plans.

For more information on Fabio, and his magazine "Fabio’s Kitchen Academy," go to his website: www.fabioviviani.com.

Spring Fashion for Kids with Kym Douglas

Beauty Expert Kym Douglas shares some of the most adorable looks for kids this spring. Perfect for Easter or a nice afternoon in the spring, Kym shows the looks that will have your little ones looking darling! Biscotti and Kate Mack styles can be found in department stores including Nordstrom, Saks, Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s, as well as more than 1000 exclusive specialty boutiques across the United States and Canada. They can also be purchased on their website at www.biscottiandkatemack.com and are also available on amazon.com.

From "The Neighbors," Actress Toks Olagundoye
From ABC’s hit sci-fi comedy "The Neighbors," actress Toks Olagundoye chats about playing an alien named Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Born and raised in Nigeria, Toks shares the origins of her Norwegian name. And, Toks also shares some of the more hilarious hijinks from the set.
Watch " The Neighbors" Fridays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC! Follow Toks on Twitter @ToksOlagundoye. Visit Toks on her website, toksolagundoye.com and on Facebook.com/ToksOlagundoye.

Prepping your Lawn for Spring with Shirley Bovshow
Garden Designer Shirley Bovshow shares some great tips on how to get your lawn ready for spring. While spring can’t come fast enough for most of the country, the thaw will also reveal parts of your lawn that will need some work. From dead grass buildup to snow mold, Shirley walks you through some simple steps to making sure you have a healthy lawn all year long.

And make sure you visit Shirley at edenmakers.com and @edenmaker for more great gardening tips!

Probiotic 101 with Dr. Melina Jampolis
Internist & Nutrition Specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis offers some important information on probiotics. Commonly called "The Good Bacteria," probiotics can help with digestion and improve immune function. Dr. Jampolis discusses what foods are rich in natural probiotics as well as other dietary supplements that will increase the amount of probiotics in the body.
For more info on Dr. Melina Jampolis visit: www.drmelina.com, www.facebook.com/drmelina, or @drmelina. And Dr. Jampolis’ book "The Calendar Diet" is available at amazon.com.

Muscle Ropes with Steve Lutsk

Fitness expert Steve Lutsk gives an inside look at Muscle Ropes; the workout sensation that’s sweeping the nation! For both men and women, Muscle Ropes help burn calories and build a healthy physique. And, as Steve shows, you can set up your own set of Muscle Ropes in your own driveway! Get your own set of Muscle Ropes at muscleropes.com. And, you can learn more about Steve Lutsk by visiting his website, lutsktraining.com.

Hollywood Steals Boho Chic Week

Sandie Newton is ringing in spring with a fantastic collection of Boho Chic items for this week’s Hollywood Steals! From stackable bracelets to beautiful cotton scarves, Sandie has a great collection of super discounted and stylish items. And just like always, a portion of your proceeds will go to support a rescue animal in the area. Get this week’s Hollywood Steals and learn how you can foster an adorable pet by visiting HollywoodSteals.com.