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Today on Home & Family Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


Elizabeth Henstridge
Actress Elizabeth Henstridge steps out of her biochemical lab as Jemma Simmons on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to join us today at "Home & Family." She tells us how much the show has been embraced by comic book fans. Elizabeth explains she was first introduced to Marvel characters on the big screen by going to midnight shows of the movies. Plus, she reveals what super power she wishes she had in real life and some of the pranks the cast play on one another on set. And, find out why Elizabeth broke her family's tradition of pursuing medicine to enter Hollywood.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC.

Follow Elizabeth Henstridge on Twitter @lil_henstridge.

Tagliatelle with Spring Vegetables and Truffle Zab

From Scarpetta restaurant, chef Scott Conant shares his recipe for tagliatelle with spring vegetables and truffle zabaglione.

Chef Scott Conant Cooks Tagliatelle with Spring Vegetables & Truffle Zabaglione
Chef Scott Conant of Food Network's "Chopped" is used to doing the judging. Today, the table is turned on him as he tries to impress our family with his recipe for tagliatelle with spring vegetables and truffle zabaglione. This savory pasta dish earns high ratings from everyone seated at the counter!
Get the recipe>>

Find the Scarpetta restaurant location nearest you at www.scarpettaonline.com and learn more about Scott at scottconant.com. "The Scarpetta Cookbook," published by Houghton Mifflin Harcout Publishing, is available in stores nationwide.

"Chopped" airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Food Network.

Distracted Driver Awareness

In observance of Distracted Driver Awareness Month, Mark and Cristina showcase devices and apps that help make our roads safer by preventing texting while behind the wheel.

Distracted Driver Awareness with Mark
Keep your eyes on the road and don't text and drive. That's the moral of the story. After reviewing alarming statistics of accidents and fatalies due to distracted driving, Mark shows us the latest devices on the market that can help prevent future incidents. A sensor placed underneath the rear view mirror can prohibit a driver from texting. Further, collision avoidance radar can help track your surroundings, such as driving patterns of other vehicles on the road. Plus, when activated, a text blocker app blocks texting capabilities while driving and creates no-texting zones, such as in school.
Statistics courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Administration, distraction.gov.

Call 1-800-737-2998 to get 20% off Safe Drive Systems with the code HALLMARK. Visit safedrivesystems.com for more information.

Go to www.cellcontrol.com to redeem 10% off Cell Control using the promo code HM000.

Download the Text Blocker app at txtblocker.com.


Indoor Picnics with Kym Douglas

Not all parts of the country are enjoying springlike weather just yet. If that's the case in your neck of the woods, bring the outside in for an indoor picnic! Kym shows us how to set the scene with plants, flowers, fake bugs and birds, complete with a phone app that plays nature sounds. She unfolds a beautiful quilt on the living room floor, spritzes on some vanilla-scented bug repellant, noshes on some finger food, and quenches her thirst with lemon-water. And, if you need to pop the top off a bottle, simply slip up a bottle opener from a functional iPhone case. Kym Douglas' Indoor Picnic Guide:
1. Free nature sound apps are available on iPhones. Just search "nature sounds." I like the "Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite" app.
2. Also, make sure not to use a quilt that's too fluffy because we don't want any spills. 3. Instead of lemonade, I prefer a healthier alternative like Lemonesse. It's zero calories and zero sugar and so refreshing. Available at Lemonesse.com.

4. But, if you want to drink a rootbeer or regular beer that doesn't have a twist off cap, I love the iOpener gadget. It's an iPhone case/bottle opener in one! Available at west280.com.

5. Buggins vanilla-scented deet-free bug spray is available at buggspray.com.

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

Animal Activist Lou Wegner

Actor and animal activist Lou Wegner discusses wildlife conservation and what parents should consider before welcoming a bunny into the family.

Animal Activist Lou Wegner
Lou Wegner formed an affinity towards animals at a very young age when he was enrolled in zoo camp. Aside from acting, he's pledged his time to wildlife conservation to prevent species from going extinct. His passion was even influential in helping him get his first acting gig, which introduced him to volunteer work at shelters. He went on to found Kids Against Animal Cruelty with the use of social media. Today, Lou brings along some fluffly bunnies to discuss the committment of caring for rabbits as pets before families hop on the chance to adopt one for Easter.
Find out how you can take action at kidsagainstanimalcruelty.org and facebook.com/kidsagainstanimalcruelty. Recue a bunny from bunnyluv.org and learn how to care for your new pet.


Minimizing Pain in Children when Visiting the Doctor with Dr. JJ Levenstein

Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP introduces methods to help reduce anxiety and pain when children get vaccines. She shows us some non-medicinal ways to manage pain by numbing the area of injection. A Buzzy bee can reduce discomfort by as much as 80% by confusing pain fibers through vibration and cold. Rubbing a cotton ball saturated in vapocoolant spray also numbs the pain. The application of topical lidocaine acts as an anaesthetic. You can also dip your baby's pacifier in sugar water to release endorphins. Dr. Levenstein also recommends using distraction cards to engage your child in conversation, thus diverting their focus away from the needle.

Buzzy, buzzy4shots.com, enter the code MDHC for 20% off for the month of April and a free set of distraction cards.

Take parenting classes instructed by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com. To learn more about parents' concerns with kids go to her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMDMoms. Also, find helpful parenting products at www.mdmoms.com.


New Innovative Kitchen Products with Linda Koopersmith

Organization expert Linda Koopersmith is back to show us even more great kitchen devices that will simplify our lives. She presents Toastabags that allow you to make grilled cheese sandwiches, French frieds, paninis, and more in the toaster. Next, she shows us a set of durable stainless steel nesting pots and pans. The flat lids not only act as a built-in strainer, but can also as a trivet, making your meal stove-to-table ready. Then, Linda demonstrates the Guac-Lock ($19.95), which stores guacamole air-tight to prevent it from turning brown. Later, she show us a skirt hanger she designed, as well as an adjustable-size bag clip ($5.99). The Nesting Casserole sets are available at beka-cookware.com. The original Toastabags are available at www.buytoastabags.com/index.html for a two-pack costing $4.99.

Visit Linda Koopersmith at beverlyhillsorganizer.com.

Hallmark Easter Basket Ideas

Mark and Cristina have a special delivery from the Easter bunny!

Easter Basket Ideas
Cristina explains how it's determined which Sunday Easter lands on each calendar year. Then, she and Mark give parents and grandparents some great ideas on how to fill Easter baskets with lots of goodies from Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. Plus, they suggest using a functional backpack instead of a wicker basket for the teenagers in your family.
Basket Contents: 1. Itty Bittys, available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores, for $6.95 each. 2. "That's What Grandmas Do!" Hallmark recordable storybook, $29.95 3. Easter Bunny's World Tour activity book, $7.95 4. The Sweet Dancing Bunny, $15.95 at Hallmark Gold Crown wiht the purchase of three Hallmark cards (regularly $29.95) Easter items are available at your local Hallmark Gold Crown Store.


"Natural Hair" with Sophie Uliano

Sophie Uliano is all about avoiding contact with chemicals from the top of your head the tip of your toes. Today, she focuses her attention on an all-natural approach to hair care. She explains how a shampoo ingredient called sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) can strip hair of moisture and color, in addition to drying and irritating your scalp. But, sulfate-free shampoo still suds up your tresses and is safe for dyed hair. Sophie also tells us about temporary hair dyes called Streekers, which can add a pop of color to your mane without making a major committment. It's supposed to wash out after only two washes. Later, Sophie advises us to rise our hair montly with an apple cider vineger and water combo to deeply cleanse hair, leaving us with a glossy shine. Read more about the products Sophie endorses>>

For more from natural lifestyle expert Sophie Uliano go to: Website: www.gorgeouslygreen.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/GorgeouslyGreen
Twitter: @sophieuliano

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