Today on Home & Family Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Emmy-winning actress Jane Seymour explains how her mom inspired her Open Hearts jewelry collection. In her true rags to riches story, Jane turned to the healing power of art to overcome a devastating divorce. Today, one lucky audience member wins a piece of jewelry from Jane's Open Hearts collection.
The Open Hearts Family necklace can currently be found on Kay.com. And, please visit Jane at www.janeseymour.com.
Also, thanks to our friends at
Duracell, one lucky viewer can enter for a chance to win this beautiful HD TV. Visit the
Hallmark Channel Facebook page and click the "Home and Family HD TV Giveaway Tab." No purchase necessary, must be 18 years or older to win.
Cristina Cooks Raspberry Chocolate Tassies
Cristina confesses that she splurges on two raspberry Ghirardelli squares nightly, so she is in heaven while making these raspberry chocolate tassies. She fills phyllo dough with chocolate, tops with a raspberry, and wedges in a Ghirardelli square. Yum, yum, yum! Each family member on the show today goes home with a gift basket full of chocolaty goodness.
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Debbie Matenopoulos' Holiday Gift Etiquette
TV host Debbie Matenopoulos shares guidelines for being a good gift giver. Discuss with friends and family if you'll be doing a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange or if they'd prefer gift cards. Debbie also teaches us to add some extra TLC to a present by making a personalized gift basket. As an added bonus, the basket is functional once its contents are emptied. Plus, Debbie goes over the rule of thumb when it comes to re-gifting uwnanted items.
1. Have a conversation with loved ones to set gifting boundaries.
2. Always include a gift receipt. 3. Use New Year's as an opportunity to give gifts to anyone you feel you owe a gift. 4. Opt for homemade gift baskets so you can control what's included. Learn more etiquette and manner protocol at womansday.com.
You can follow TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @iamdebbiem.
Jake & Cindy Olson
You've got to see this to believe this! Sixteen-year-old Jake Olson completely lost his sight at the age of 12 due to a rare form of eye cancer he first developed at just eight months. Determined to play football, this high schooler is now a snapper on his Varsity team. Here to help him demonstrate his skills on the field, are Orange Lutheran High School head football coach, Coach Petersen, and teammate Adam Connette. Jake's mom Cindy elaborates on the progression of her son's diagnosis and the treatment plan they chose. Plus, we surprise Jake with a special message from Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who used to invite Jake to observe USC practices before he lost his sight.
Jake's book, "Open Your Eyes," will be released on December 31, 2013. You can pre-order it on Amazon.com. More information is available at openyoureyes.org.
Jake's foundation, "Out of Sight Faith," raises money to help give technology to blind students. Donate at outofsightfaith.ning.com.
Sophie Uliano's Felted Wool Soaps
Scrub-a-dub-dub! Get fresh, smooth skin with Sophie Uliano's felted wool soaps. She takes us through each step of the generations-old felting process. The sheep's wool acts as a great exfoliator and doubles the life expectancy of your bar of soap.
SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt
In the voices of Barbara Walters, Fran Drescher, Bart Simpson, Paula Deen, and many more, actress and comedic impressionist Louise DuArt performs a hilarious set of impressions to the tune of "Eight Days of Christmas." Husband SQuire Rushnell is right by her side to explain what it means to experience a "godwink" and his latest thesis, "Divine Alignment." A firm believer of his philosophy, writer/author Candy Chand describes the "godwink" moment that forever changed the projection of her literary career.
Hear additional "Godwinks" stories at www.whengodwinks.com and www.facebook.com/godwinks.
Alexis Wolfer's DIY Holiday Beauty Treatments
Don't toss those holiday leftovers. Instead, use them to create your own natural DIY beauty products. Alexis Wolfer explains how leftover apples and lemons can brighten skin and teeth. The fruit acids break down dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Alexis endorses the benefits of using coconut oil and walnuts to treat acne-prone skin. The caffeine contained in coffee grounds can even reduce cellulite!
1. Sake prevents dark spots from forming. Apply twice a day for best results.
2. The apple combinations whitens teeth too. 3. Walnuts are soft enough to use on your face. 4. Use coarser nuts like almonds for a body scrub. 5. Cool the steeped tea bags in the fridge before you apply them to your face to reduce redness. Visit beauty expert Alexis Wolfer at thebeautybean.com.