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Today on Home & Family: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Today on Home & Family
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Colbie Caillat
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat explains why it took three years to narrow down the 60 songs she recorded for her latest album "Gypsy Heart." Find out the inspiration behind the tracks and what having a "gypsy heart" means to her. Colbie talks about going makeupless in the powerful music video for one of the singles, "Try." And, she's even written a track featured in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "My Boyfriends' Dogs." In real life, Colbie and her boyfriend do in fact have a houseful of rescue pups. Next, the songstress performs "Never Gonna Let You Down."

Watch Colbie's performance>>


The Hallmark Channel Original Movie "My Boyfriends' Dogs" premieres Saturday, October 18 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.


Follow Colbie on Twitter @colbiecaillat. Her new album "Gypsy Heart" is available on iTunes now.


Maria Canals-Barrera
Actress and singer Maria Canals-Barrera explains the premise behind "Cristela," her new laugh-out-loud sitcom about a Latin-American family. Learn about Maria's personal Cuban heritage and her parent's romantic love story that took them from Cuba to Miami. Then, she shares her family's 30 minute meal for camarones enchilados.

Click here for Maria's recipe>>


"Cristela" premieres Friday, October 10 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.


Follow Maria on Twitter @maria_cb.


Mommy & Me Fall Fashions with Debbie Matenopoulos
Kids always love playing dress up in Mommy's closet, so why not get them their own pint-size version? Moms and their look-a-like tots strut their stuff in outfits Debbie Matenopoulos has assembled. Some of these styles are even favorites amongst celebrity's offspring.

Shop for these outfits>>


Follow TV personality and style expert Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @IAmDebbieM. Her first cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me," is available in stores now and at amazon.com.


Gerald McRaney
Actor Gerald McRaney describes the plot of the Nicholas Sparks' film he's starring in, "Best of Me," as a story of needing to love and be loved. Next year, Gerald will also be sharing screen time with Hollywood heavyweights Will Smith and Margot Robbie in "Focus." Find out about his time on set with the former Fresh Prince and what it was like filming in Buenos Aires and New Orleans. Plus, Gerald opens his heart about his longtime marriage to Delta Burke and reveals when he knew wife number three was "the one."


"Best of Me" is in theaters October 17.


"Focus" is in theaters in February.


Battling Your Bulge with Matt Iseman & Matt Rogers
Matt Rogers recently committed to losing 40 pounds in a very short timeframe, but over the weekend already encountered a discouraging setback. Matt Iseman, MD is here to help him get back on track to achieving his goals by burning calories through high intensity interval training. He also suggests using an app like "My Fitness Pal" to track calorie intake and meal times. Matt Rogers also looks back at his college football days when he was in the best shape of his life and gets candid about his fears and emotions.

Frequently asked questions>>


Check out TV personality and country singer Matt Rogers at mattrogersusa.com.


Ask Ken Wingard & Cristina
Ken Wingard and Cristina respond to viewer-submitted DIY dilemmas. Get a tip on hanging a wreath on your front door that gets direct sunlight. Find out how to expand your dining table to accommodate your guests for Thanksgiving. Learn money-saving floral arrangements. Get the 411 on keeping dust off your holiday decorations. Ken also discusses sanding kitchen cabinets and a way to get sunlight while keeping your privacy through ground-floor windows. And, Cristina begins making a holiday tablescape with stamped fabric napkins.


"Haunt & Family" Frankenstein with Ken Wingard
Ken Wingard taps into his inner mad scientist and puts on his lab coat to invent the "Haunt & Family" Frankenstein monster. He brings the green creature to life for under $50. Watch him prep the materials and then assemble the body.

Follow these instructions>>


Visit Ken Wingard at KennethWingard.com and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard.


Cristina Ferrare Cooks Mexican Style Roast Chicken Breast
Cristina Ferrare cooks a mouthwatering recipe for Mexican style roast chicken breast. She makes a seasoned rub with mesquite and chili powder mixed with olive oil. In 25 minutes, the moist chicken dish is out of the oven and ready to be served over a bed of carmelized vegetables.

Find the recipe here>>


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Click here to get your copy of Cristina's cookbook, "Big Bowl of Love." Get additional recipes from Cristina at www.cristinaferrarecooks.com.


Impaired Driving with Mike Speck & Matt Rogers
Driving Skills for Life lead instructor Mike Speck is here to teach us all about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He takes this program to schools to teach teenagers the risks of getting behind the wheel inebriated. Matt Rogers puts on a pair of goggles that mimic what his vision would be after drinking. He struggles to accurately weave in and out of traffic cones on the course and to walk a straight line, two tasks he can complete with ease when the goggles are removed.


Please visit drivingskillsforlife.com.


Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with Hallmark Channel! This kicks off our "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month." Every day for the month of October we'll be having a furry friend here on set that is up for adoption.

Visit our gallery of dogs available for adoption today, courtesy of Best Friends!


To donate, adopt one of our shelter dogs of the day, or for more information on adoptable animals in your local communities, visit bestfriends.org/hallmarkchannel or contact Best Friends Animal Society at (818) 643-3989. We also invite you to visit bfla.bestfriends.org and bestfriends.org.


To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject.


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