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Today on Home & Family Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


Trista Sutter
A decade after falling head-over-heels in love with husband Ryan in front of America as "The Bachelorette," Trista Sutter is still living the fairytale romance. In her book about gratitude, she dedicates each chapter to a special relationship in her life. Trista proves to be quite the optimist by explaining her appreciation jar and daily tweeting her #favpartofday. She also looks back on her love story that included heartbreak as a contestant on "The Bachelor" before finding true love on its spin-off.

Trista's book "Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart" is available now at tristasutter.com. Read Trista's daily dose of positive messages on Twitter @tristasutter.

Trista and Ryan recently renowed their vows in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Fans will get to watch this ceremony in an ABC special titled " The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories" on Sunday, January 19 at 8/7c.

Matt Lewis & Renalto Poliafito Bake Peppermint Brownies
From Baked Bakery in Brooklyn, owners Matt Lewis and Renalto Poliafito talk about stepping out of cubicle life at an advertising agency to entering the bakery business. Today, the twosome bake a very special recipe just for "Home & Family," dark chocolate peppermint brownies with chocolate ganache. Plus, Matt and Renalto compare baking in a glass dish versus a pan.
Get the peppermint brownie recipe>>

Visit Baked at bakednyc.com. We'd also like to give a shout-out to williams-sonoma.com.

Sophie Uliano's Head to Toe Beauty Pick-Me-Ups
It sure is a hard day on the job for Debbie Matenopoulos. Not! She gets pampered by Sophie Uliano with serene spa treatments. Cristina assists by massaging a coconut oil mixture into Debbie's scalp. Then, Sophie brightens Debbie's face with juiced papaya and pineapple ice cubes. And, Sophie also has the cure for achy feet.

Tips:
1. Combine papaya and pineapple juices for an effective face brightening mask.
2. Put iced green tea bags under your eyes to eliminate puffiness and dark circles. 3. Soak feet in epsom salt and tea tree oil to sooth achy feet. The Hair Therapy Wrap is available at frizzy2silky.com.

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

You can follow TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @iamdebbiem.

Dr. JJ Levenstein Discusses Vaccinations

Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP offers her medical expertise to weigh in on the headline-making controversy amongst parents on whether or not to vaccinate their children. The doctor explains how flu spreads at home, school, and daycare and how not vaccinating contributes to outbreaks. Plus, Dr. Levenstein shares efficacy rates, vulnerability, and side effects of the flu shot. Additionally, she explains how flu strains are defined each season. And, Trista Sutter and Sophie Uliano share their views as mothers on this hot topic. For more information, do your research at cdc.gov/flu/parents, kidshealth.org, and healthychildren.org.

Find helpful parenting products, such as Baby Silk, at www.mdmoms.com. Take parenting classes instructed by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com. And, email her at drjj@mdmoms.com.

Robert Davi
Actor and singer Robert Davi shares fond memories of his connection to Ol' Blue Eyes himself, none other than Frank Sinatra! As a departure from his film roles, Robert is also pursuing a music career. He has quite the resum é to back it up, having studied opera in Florence, Italy. Today, he performs his song "New York Christmas."
Robert Davi's album, "New York City Christmas" is available on amazon.com and iTunes. Please visit him at davisingssinatra.com.

Cristina & Robert Davi Cook Roasted Shrimp with White Beans
Cristina and Robert Ravi swim into the kitchen to cook a dish to celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes. As they prepare the roasted shrimp with white beans, Robert tells a story of how Sinatra helped him get revenge at a restaurant he had been fired from.
Click here to get your copy of Cristina's cookbook, "Big Bowl of Love." Get additional recipes from Cristina at www.cristinaferrarecooks.com.

DVD Christmas Ornaments with Tanya Memme
If you have old DVDs lying around that you don't plan to watch again, Tanya Memme has a smashing way to repurporse the discs. Using a hammer, shatter the DVD. Then, glue the shards onto a Christmas ball filled with glitter or tinsel. This disco ball ornament reflects light beautifully as it hangs on your tree.
Get complete instructions>>

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

Holiday Floral Arrangements with Mark Held
Celebrity florist Mark Held is excited to reunite with Trista Sutter ten years after designing the floral arrrangements for her televised wedding. Mark reveals he has been summoned once again by the hit TV franchise to lend his skills to another reality couple, Sean and Catherine. Today, Mark shows us how to make holiday floral arrangements with kale leaves and more.
"The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding" will air live on Sunday, January 26 at 8/7c on ABC.

We cordially invite you to check out MarksGarden.com.

Hallmark Gift Wrapping Specialist Bet David
Hallmark gift wrapping specialist Bet David takes us through each step of her expert wrapping techniques. To measure and cut precisely, Bet relies on the grid on the back of the wrapping paper. For a seamless appearance, she uses double tape and garnishes the package with ribbon. Then, Bet wraps another present to appear like a big piece of candy wrapped in cellophane.
FAQ:
1. How do we measure the right amount of ribbon for our package?
Use ribbon like a tape measure around your package to gauge the amount needed. 2. What ideas do you have for special touches on packages? Attach special items to packages for decoration and a personal touch. Gift wrapping products are available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores nationwide and hallmark.com.

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