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Today on Home & Family Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Jenni Pulos
Author Jenni Pulos asks Mark for a beat and freestyles a rap about "Home & Family!" The reality star discusses facing her fears about motherhood as she raised adorable nine-month-old daughter Alianna. She also shares details about her big fat Greek labor when giving birth. Jenni then talks about her relationship with "Flipping Out" co-star Jeff Lewis, how the show came to be, and how she deals with difficult clients. In her book, "Grin and Bear It," Jenni opens up about learning to embrace failure.
Watch Jenni's "Home & Family" rap>> Jenni Polos' book "Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way" is available now. "Flipping Out" airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Bravo.

Cristina Cooks Cracker Jack Ice Cream

Cristina hits it out of the park with this Cracker Jack ice cream sundae.

Cristina Cooks Cracker Jack Ice Cream
Opening day was earlier this week, so Cristina takes us out to the ballgame with Cracker Jack ice cream! Root, root, root for the home team while scooping up ice cream rolled in ground peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and corn flakes. Enjoy each spoonful out of a cone bowl dipped in hardened chocolate.
Hit a homerun with this recipe>>

Recipe courtesy of Chef Hayley Christopher.


Minimizing Discomfort from Seasonal Allergies with Dr. JJ Levenstein

With allergy season comes a lot of sneezing and itching. Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP explains why children are so impacted by pollen season during spring months. To help reduce your kids' runny noses, Dr. Levenstein suggests having them bathe and put on fresh clothes upon arriving home to get rid of the pollen they collected outdoors. She also offers some effective over-the-counter allergy remedies and cautions parents about which products to avoid. Frequently asked questions>>

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

Doris Roberts

"Everybody Loves Raymond" star Doris Roberts talks about her role in "The Little Rascals Save the Day."

Doris Roberts
"The Little Rascals" are at it again! Doris Roberts talks about why the series charms generation after generation. The veteran actress found it such a joy to work with the pint-sized stars of "The Little Rascals Save the Day." Doris also talks about the joy she brought to audiences on "Everybody Loves Raymond."
"The Little Rascals Save the Day" is available on Blu-Ray combo pack from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "Everybody Loves Raymond" airs in syndication on TV Land. Go to tvland.com for showtimes.

Sticky Chicken and Instant Rice

"Come Home to Supper" cookbook author Christy Jordan shares her Southern recipe for sticky chicken on a bed of DIY instant rice.

Sticky Chicken & DIY Instant Rice with Christy Jordan
Christy Jordan, cook and author of "Come Home to Supper," has an easy-to-make recipe to help you get a hot meal on your family's dinner table in no time. Her sticky chicken in a homemade sauce she likens to the cousin of barbeque sauce will bring Southern comfort to your kitchen, regardless of where you live. Christy also makes DIY instant rice to save you money at the grocery store.
Get your hands on this recipe>> You can get your own Excalibur dehydrator at ExcaliburDehydrator.com.

Find more recipes from Christy Jordan at southernplate.com.


DIY Custom Doormats with Tanya Memme

Welcome! Don't forget to wipe your feet! Tanya Memme teaches us how to make a custom doormat to welcome guests to our home. With Easter on the horizon, she stencils and paints a buny onto the rug. Then, Tanya adds a pop of 3D, giving her bunny a fuzzy cotton tail.

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


Megan Meany's Family Fitness Must-Haves

Lifestyle expert Megan Meany has compiled the fitness essentials of the season to keep your entire family in top physical form. Nifty tri-wheel adjustable rollerblades offer skaters of all skill levels and shoe sizes the opportunity to roll around, build muscle, and burn calories. Kids will have fun decorating with reusable, dishwasher safe water bottles by putting fun stickers all over them. Treat your tennis elbow with a powerball that helps work out all the kinks. And, keep your hands cushioned during your floor or mat exercises by slipping into wrist gloves with gel pads. Find these products at megansmusthaves.com:
-Cardiff Skate Company S1 Skates, $159.99
-Vapur Water Bottles, $9.99 -Powerball by DFX Sports and Fitness, $24.99 -Wrist Assured Gloves, $49.95

DIY Gummy Bear Lamp

Debbie Matenopulous crafts a candy-licious Gummy Bear lampshade.

DIY Gummy Bear Lamp with Debbie Matenopoulos
Debbie Matenopoulos takes us on a journey to Candyland today. She tries her hands at crafting a gummy bear lamp. After sorting the gummy bears by color, she glues them on to a lampshade one by one in rows. Then, she attaches a giant gummy bear to the lamppost.
Steps:
• Using your acrylic sealing, coat/spray entire lamp shade surface, let dry.
• On the back of each gummy bear, apply a dab of E6000 adhesive. • Attach gummy bears in vertical rows (or choose whatever pattern you desire) on the lamp shade (you can use a ruler to help ensure straight, even lines) • Using a ruler to trace lines on the lamp shade will ensure straight, even gummy bear rows. • Once adhesive spray/glued gummy bears are firm and dry, spray another coat of clear adhesive over entire surface. Follow TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @IAmDebbieM. Her first cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me," will be available in stores on April 28.

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