Today on Home & Family Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Actor and author Kevin Sorbo is here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series with its latest installment, " Think Positive for Kids." Along with 100 other contributors, Kevin shares a touching passage he included about a childhood hospitalization. Proceeds are going to A World Fit for Kids, which is Kevin's after-school program in California. He discusses the current state of education in America and what he's doing to help. Plus, Kevin talks about playing a veterinarian in the flick "Storm Rider."
"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids" is available now on amazon.com. "Storm Rider" is out on DVD and VOD.
Fall/Winter Hottest Fashion Trends
With Debbie Matenopoulos as their model, Tuc + Wes fashion designer Orly Shani and stylist Daniel Musto clue us in on the hottest must-haves this fall and winter. According to these two style-savvy experts, black and white, plaid, and chunky sweaters are trending. Daniel goes shopping for brand new pieces, while Orly raids her wardrobe to repurpose what she already has on a budget.
Orly is offering "Home & Family" viewers a special 25% discount at tucandwes.com for the rest of this week and weekend. Use promo code: homeandfamily.
" The Greened House Effect" author Jeff Wilson is back to discuss how to improve indoor air quality. He explains the health concerns associated with exposure to radon, carbon monoxide, and other toxic pollutants found in your home. By using the suggested products listed below, vinegar, ventilation fans, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), you can eliminate these harmful elements and breathe fresher air.
1. Radon test kit- $12
2. Carbon monoxide detector- $30-80 3. Hygrometer measure humidity- average cost $35 4. ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator)- $1,500-$2,000 Courtesy Ultimate Air, Inc. Get additional info at Jeff's site, www.thegreenedhouseeffect.com.
Cristina Cooks "Taste of Home" Chicken & Spinach Mostaccioli
From her home in Burlington, WI, " Taste of Home" contributor Susan Hein dials into "Home & Family" via Skype to walk Cristina through the steps of making her chicken and spinach mostaccioli recipe. Cristina begins by making bechamel sauce before adding basil, chicken, and more to this flavorful and creamy dish.
For more recipes from "Taste of Home" and to subscribe to the publication, go to www.tasteofhome.com.
Actress Jami Gertz looks back on her Hollywood career since the 80s and how she's survived the pitfalls of fame. The mother of three boys attributes her humble midwestern roots and 25 year marriage to her longevity in Tinseltown. Jami can currently be seen in the series " The Neighbors" and compares undertaking comedic versus dramatic roles. Plus, Jami is also producing "Three Little Words," a true story about a girl in the foster care system in Florida.
Kym Douglas- Get Younger While You Sleep
There is some truth afterall to the old wive's tale of getting your beauty rest. Kym Douglas teaches us about several products all women should add to their nightly routine to wake up with youthful skin. She also reveals age-defying lighting secrets and suggests burning a soothing lavender candle.
Makeup remover towelettes- $5 at your local drug store
Collagen eye patches to reduce eye wrinkles- $8 at amazon.com
Save My Face Pillow to prevent pillow wrinkles- available at amazon.com
Argan oil to shine and condition hair- $24.95 at huiledeniche.com
Bag Balm softens hands and feet- $9 at amazon.com
Aqua Tan doesn't come off on sheets- $39.95 at amazon.com
Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com.
DIY Wine Bags with Kenneth Wingard
As the holidays approach, host gifts are on everyone's mind to show your gratitude as a houseguest. Bottles of wine or olive oil make wonderful presents, but the wrapping is just as important as the contents. Ken Wingard demonstrates how to sew wine bags using only four stitches. A fraction of the cost of store-bought packaging, one yard of fabric can be made into seven bags with personally painted designs.
Check out the wine selection at Cakebread Cellars by visiting cakebread.com.
Get more great recipes and crafts by visiting us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/hallmarkchannel.
Kurt the Cyber Guy
Kurt Knutsson, known as Kurt the Cyber Guy, explains the functionality of digital resources that can help you save up to 20% on your energy bill. Plus, he refers viewers to Coupon Sherpa for coupons to hundreds of retailers and restaurants right on your phone.
Head over to cyberguy.com for more with Kurt.
According to the US Department of Transportation, more than 2 million animals fly each year. So, if you're planning on traveling with your dog this holiday season, Laura Nativo has tips to help keep your dog happy and safe! "The Fairy Dogmother" discusses restrictions you may encounter with your most precious cargo, and how to assure your pup is calm and comfortable during the trip.
1. Most airlines allow you to travel with small dogs.
2. Cabin fees usually start at $75.00. 3. Check in early. 4. Use travel labels with address and telephone number. 5. Use wee wee pads. 6. Do not feed your pet before flight. Pet travel checklist>>
Be sure to check out Laura's Facebook Page for tips on traveling via train with your dog.
To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject.