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Today on Home & Family Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


Niecy Nash
"The Soul Man" actress Niecy Nash shows off her new figure and tells us how she lost all the weight through adopting a new lifestyle and exercise. She also chats about the men in her life, including her real husband and TV husband Cedric the Entertainer. Plus, Niecy dishes plenty of advice to bickering couples in her book "It's Hard to Fight Naked" and shares some advice on finding new love after divorce.
"The Soul Man" season three finale airs Wednesday at 10:30/9:30c on TV Land.

Niecy's book "It's Hard to Fight Naked" is available now. Follow her on Twitter @niecynash.

Cristina Cooks Peppered Tuna Kabob
Jen Ingersoll of Herndon, VA Skypes with Cristina to share her peppered tuna kabob recipe chosen for publication by "Taste of Home." The mother of five emphasizes the importance of purchasing very fresh tuna. When cooking the fish, she prefers the keep it a little rare in the middle. Cristina also makes a batch of mango salsa to add to the skewer.

"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.


Cookie Johnson

Designer Cookie Johnson has made a slam dunk as creator of CJ by Cookie Johnson, her very own apparel line. Today, she showcases jeans that fit every shape and body type perfectly, empowering women to embrace their curves. Because of the stretch in the denim, these jeans are comfortable enough to be worn everywhere. Cookie tells us how rewarding it is when ladies are overcome with emotion in the dressing room after trying on a pair of her dungarees. Cookie also discusses how she and husband Magic Johnson are coping with being empty nesters. For information on Cookie Johnson, check out her line at cjbycookiejohnson.com or check your local department stores. Follow her on Twitter @cjbycookie.


Healthy Sweeteners with Sophie Uliano

Sophie Uliano is shedding light on the importance of being conscious about sugar consumption. She explains how a food's glycemic index determines how quickly it'll spike your blood sugar level. Be on the lookout for hidden sugars that rank high on the index scale. Not all sugars are bad. Sophie shows us some foods that contain healthy sugars, as well as alternative sweeteners. Plus, she demonstrates how to make a date puree. Points:
1. There are more than 50 different names for sugar, so read food labels.
2. Brown rice syrup, molasses, raw honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup are healthy sugars. 3. Monk fruit powder, stevia, and xylitol are healthy non-sugar sweeteners. 4. Sophie's favorite homemade sweetener is date puree. Simmer eight pitted dates with 1 ½ cups of water for 15 minutes and then blend. For more from natural lifestyle expert Sophie Uliano go to: Website: www.gorgeouslygreen.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/GorgeouslyGreen
Twitter: @sophieuliano


Summer Tips to Protect Your Dog with Dr. Courtney Campbell

Veterinarian Dr. Courtney Campbell, DVM educates pet owners on preventing heat stroke during the hot summer months. He tells us what symptoms to look for and suggests using a misting spray and evaporative cooling methods. Dr. Campbell also has pool safety tips, such as outfitting your pooch in a life vest and why it's best to train your furry friend to use the stairs. If your dog has a noise phobia to loud sounds such as fireworks, consider asking your vet for a prescription to treat the anxiety. Also, be careful with the foods and plants your dog snacks on. For instance, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure. Get all Dr. Campbell's tips>>

Follow Dr. Courtney Campbell for all your pet needs @DrCourtneyDVM.

DIY Summer Bangles with Jessie Jane
We're not flashing back to the 70s. Bangle bracelets are making a comeback in 2014, according to Jessie Jane! She shows us how to paint our own wood bangles using stencils or color blocking.
Follow these directions>>

For more with Jessie Jane, visit lilyshop.com and Facebook.


Katherine Eskovitz

Parenting expert and author Katherine Eskovitz is encouraging families to put a cap on the amount of daily screen time. Unplug for a period each day to connect face-to-face with your loved ones and give them your undivided attention. She suggests designating tech free zones in your house where iPads, cell phones, etc. cannot enter. Katherine says the issue has escalated so much that rehab centers have opened specifically to treat internet addiction. Tips to limit online time>>

Learn more at www.littleblueprint.com.

Removing Household Stains with Tanya Memme
Tanya Memme creates three more stain fighting scenarios. She shows us her tricks to erase crayon from a wall and spilled coffee on a blouse. Tanya also teaches us how peanut butter and lemon magically unstick gooey gum from a rug!
Take a peek at all Tanya's handy remedies>>

Tweet lifestyle expert Tanya Memme @Tanya_Memme. Also, visit her on Facebook and check out TanyaMemme.com.

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