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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Megan Follows
Actress Megan Follows joins Home & Family to talk about her current television show “Reign” which airs on the CW at Thursdays at 9/8c. Megan began her acting career playing Anne in “Anne of Green Gables” in 1985! Megan also talks about being a working actor growing up in Canada.


New Year’s Eve Resolutions with the Family
The family get together to talk about their resolutions and goals for 2015. Mark talks about adopting the word “specificity” to help him really get into the fabric of life and not skim over the top. Trista Sutter would like to focus more on having experiences and Kym wants to be held accountable for saying positive things. Tanya aims to finish what she starts and talks about launching her Kids Crafts line in spring of 2015. Dr. JJ’s goal is to be more active and to eat more unprocessed foods. Finally, Debbie wants to spend more time with her extended family.



Kym's New Year's Eve Fashions
Kym is excited to show off some fancy attire to help celebrate the New Year! Consider going to resale shops to find some great clothing and accessories without having to hit the mall. Kym has the family members model different looks - including glam, classic, fun and mom-approved.

For more great ideas and items check out buttonsandbowsLA.com

Get more information on Kym Douglas at kymdouglas.com



Cristina Cooks Potato Crisps with Green Olive Spread
Cristina prepares an easy and flavorful dish to serve at your holiday celebrations. The olive spread can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator! Additional recipes include a Roasted red pepper and White bean dip, as well as a Creamy Pine Nut and Tahini sauce.

Click here for the recipes >>


Straight No Chaser

The a cappella group "Straight No Chaser" joins Home & Family to talk about the long history of the group, and the recent viral success of their song "Text Me Merry Christmas." They collaborated with musicians such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder and others on their new album "Under the Influence" which is available now. They perform "New Year’s Eve" and "Happiness" for the Home & Family audience. 

Find out more about the group at sncmusic.com



Trista Sutter
The original bachelorette Trista Sutter stops by to talk about her new book “Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart” which is available at book stores now. Trista also talks about going to marriage bootcamp and presents items from her Grateful Heart collection.

You can find items from the Grateful Heart collection at gloryhaus.com and learn more about Trista at tristasutter.com



Getting in shape for the New Year!
Master trainer and nutrition expert Alex Isaly offers great advice about how to get in great shape for the new year. Ideas include eating every 3-4 hours to boost your metabolism, changing up your workouts and eating healthy fats such as nuts and natural oils.

Get more great tips from Alex at alexisaly.com



Tanya Memme’s Celebrating New Year’s with kids
Tanya shares several fun ideas for helping to ring in the new year with the kiddos! One way is to blow up balloons and pop them every 30 minutes- each balloon should include a cute written message with a DIY like decorating a party hat or sharing your resolutions. Here is a quick cookie recipe which includes surprise sprinkles inside!

Tanya’s Confetti Cookies

Use any pre-made sugar cookie dough

1 - Cut 3 thin layers for each cookie
2 - Cut a hole in the middle of one cookie
3 - Bake cookies
4 - Using icing to bind the cookies together, put the one with the hole cut on top of one of the other cookies
5- Fill in the hole with sprinkles, and then cover with the last cookie

Get more terrific craft ideas at tanyamemme.com



New Year's Pet Resolutions:
Dr. Kwane Stewart and Marc Peralta share information on helping your pet
to live its best life in the new year! The experts discuss spaying and neutering,
training, identification, the friend factor, health care and lots more.

Get the tips and scorecard for dog ownership here >>

Please visit American Humane Association to learn more.
Find animals up for adoption at BestFriends.org.
To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit HallmarkChannel.com/Pet-Project.


How to Vet a Babysitter
Dr. JJ and Debbie Matenopoulos offer great information about finding and vetting a new babysitter. Tips include starting with references and asking specific information, running a background check, and asking open ended questions during the interview.  For more great information please see the website for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies at naccra.net