Today on Home & Family Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
LA Sparks guard Lindsey Harding is making a slam dunk as a role model to sports fans of all ages. She remembers her early affinity for sports, including basketball and track. Lindsey discusses the mental toll of being sidelined by an injury and her year-round training schedule. Then, Lindsey gives Mark a dribbling lesson with her super coordinated techniques.
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Cristina's Cooking Challenge: "Spur of the Moment" Meal in 30 Minutes or Less
Did you ever forget to plan your meal ahead of time and then you open the fridge or pantry only to feel uninspired? We all have. Today, Cristina whips up a meal on the fly without prepping. In 30 minutes of less, she's challenged to make do with only the essential items that can be found in just about everyone's kitchen. You won't believe the elaborate meal she prepares spur of the moment.
Celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser has settled the splits of Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, and Heidi Klum, just to name a few. She joins us to share advice for average couples who are struggling. Laura emphasizes that seeking counseling and having open lines of communication are essential to reconcile the marriage or reach a fair divorce settlement. She discusses how emotionally devastating a divorce is on each party and how to agree on custody of children and dividing co-parenting responsibilities. Prior to walking down the aisle, Laura recommends that couples talk about what their lifelong gameplan is to make sure they're on the same page. And, she talks about the pros and cons of pre-nups.
1. Keep a united front.
2. Avoid divorce with communication. 3. Talk through expectations. 4. Sign up for prematiral classes. 5. Counseling is key. 6. 3 key things: be kind, reasonable, and brief. For more on Laura's take on divorce, read her book "it doesn't have to be that way," available at amazon.com.
Wicked Window Display with Ken Wingard
Your neighbors will be green with envy when they see this wicked display in your window. This Halloween, lifestyle expert Ken Wingard dresses the "Home & Family" window with a witch's brew, spellbook photo album, and many more eerie crafts and decorative accents.
Former host of "Reading Rainbow" LeVar Burton is here to encourage a whole new generation of children to read. He's created an app to be relevant to the kids of the digital age. LeVar explains how the app works and even allows us to roll some vintage clips of his hit decades-old show.
Visit http://www.rrkidz.com/ for more from Reading Rainbow, including links to the app!
Jackie Sorkin's Halloween Candy Show-Stoppers
"Home & Family" is on a sugar rush with Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin! With the help of her artistic team, Jackie sculpted a Frankenstein masterpiece using thousands of pieces of candy. Today, she teaches us how to make his brains. If you prefer to drink your sweets, Jackie mixes us a cotton candytini cocktail.
Make sure to check out the Hollywood Candy Girls at hollywoodcandygirls.com.
Laura Nativo "Tricks for Treats"
Pet expert and "The Fairy Dogmother" Laura Nativo explains how to train dogs to listen to obedience and trick commands. Using positive reinforcement, such as treats or toys, Laura's well-mannered dog Preston shows us how he sits, speaks, waves, goes to bed, and more in response to vocal commands and hand signals. Then, she trains pup Freddy to politely take a treat from her hand. Laura discusses the benefits of trick training and the duration of time that should be dedicated to it.
To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject.
Shirley Bovshow's Spooky and Edible Halloween Treats
Shirley Bovshow turns exotic fruits into a spooky graveyard, a zombie eyeball, and other edible Halloween creations. She introduces us to tropical fruits you may never have heard of before. And, yes, all of these tropical fruits can be found in the fall season.
Freaky fruits are available at melissas.com.
For more recipes and crafts, check "Home & Family" out on Pinterest at pinterest.com/hallmarkchannel.