Today on Home & Family
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Cristina and Debbie's Slumber Party
Cristina and Debbie Matenopoulos tell us all about their spontaneous girls-only sleepover in the Tumbleweed Tiny House. From stocking up on last-minute essentials at CVS to eating at Fabio's restaurant to gossiping about the Kardashians, the gals had a blast overnight in this life-size dollhouse for grownups.
For more information on Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, check out www.tumbleweedhouses.com. And, you can follow Debbie on Twitter @iamdebbiem.
We've got mail! Actress Daphne Zuniga is here to fill us in on the premise of her Hallmark Channel Original Movie "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." In the film, she works alongside Eric Mabius ("Ugly Betty") to make sure hard-to-deliver mail reaches its intended recipient. After showing a clip, Daphne shares old handwritten letters from her sister and explains why they're so sentimental to her. Mark also reads a touching message from his son.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" premieres Saturday, October 12 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel. Be sure to follow Daphne on Twitter @daphnezuniga
Jennifer Lopez's backup dancers are movin' on up to the forefront of the stage as they "Get On the Floor" for a fist-pumping performance of her hit song. Mark and Cristina even try to learn the steps! In the new docu-series "A Step Away," the dancers' endurance is put to the test with a busy schedule of rehearsals and touring. All of the dancers, including JLo's boyfriend and choreographer Beau "Casper" Smart, reveal what it really is like to audition for Jenny From the Block.
Follow the dancers on Twitter:
Beau "Casper" Smart- choreographer, actor @BEAUcasperSMART
Tera Perez- dancer @TeraPerez
Jimmy Smith- dancer @J_R_O_S
Whyley Yoshimuro- dancer @JLoDancers
"A Step Away" airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NUVOtv.
"Entertainment Weekly" Editor Lynette Rice
West Coast Editor of "Entertainment Weekly" Lynette Rice gives us her educated opinion on the fall TV season. She breaks down the trends she's spotted, including big stars such as Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, and Halle Berry returning to episodic television series. Lynette also touches on how the material found on broadcast, cable, and online shows compares to one another. Plus, Lynette tells us what shows are safe to watch with the entire family.
For Lynette's TV articles, visit EW.com and follow Lynette on Twitter @EWLynette.
Kym Douglas- Trends You'll Fall For
Family member Kym Douglas joins us today to go over her favorite trends that you'll be sure to "fall" for! The fashionista suggests all you stylish ladies out there invest in accent pieces to complete your fall wardrobe. She introduces a trendy iPad purse with a shoulder strap and an iPhone wristlet to keep your mobile devices, credit cards, etc. handy at all times. Plus, Kym highlights patterned tights/leggings, bold floral prints, floppy hats, and jumpsuits as must-haves this autumn. Kym also has her pulse on the "it" nail polish color of the season.
Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com.
Matt Rogers and Scott Gimble from AYSO
TV host and country singer Matt Rogers prides himself in being a vocal supporter of his children on the sidelines of their sporting events. Director of Player Development at AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) Scott Gimple joins the family to discuss appropriate conduct for moms and dads in the bleachers. He explains AYSO's policy of "Silent Saturdays" to limit parents' yelling to controlled applause in the "Kids Zone." "Home & Family" executive producer Woody Fraser adds to the conversation, chiming in about his perspective as coach for his childrens' teams.
Learn more about the American Youth Soccer Organization at AYSO.org and visit Matt at mattrogersusa.com.
Cristina Cooks "Taste of Home" Pumpkin Stew
Something wickedly good this way comes! In sharing another recipe from "Taste of Home" magazine, Cristina scoops out the insides of pumpkins to create a bowl for yummy stew. She tops it with garnishes, including roasted pumpkin seeds. For a glossy finish, Cristina brushes oil on the outside of the pumpkin, adding shine.
Find the recipe here>>
For more recipes from "Taste of Home" and to subscribe to the publication, go to www.tasteofhome.com.
Pet Obesity with Laura Nativo
To spread the message on National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, "The Fairy Dogmother" Laura Nativo is tackling the issue of overweight dogs. If your dog is packing on the pounds, Laura suggests educating yourself on food labels, rewarding good behavior with fresh vegetables, and keeping your pooch active with regular exercise. For even more of a challenge, outfit your four-legged friend in a K9FitVest with weights or a cooling pack. Just like in humans, obesity puts your pet at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. So, revamp your animal's diet and fitness regime to extend those dog years even longer!
Read all of Laura's tips>>
Learn about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project>>
Reasons for Pet Obesity:
2. Feeding the wrong foods
3. Lack of exercise
K9FitVest is available at DogTread.com.
Please visit "The Fairy Dogmother" Laura Nativo at:
Save a furry angel at Strangest Angels Animal Rescue and Lucky Puppy Rescue and Retail!
DIY Edible Pumpkin Centerpiece
Add spooky glam to your table this Halloween with Tanya Memme's DIY edible pumpkin centerpiece. She takes us through the steps, starting by placing a cylindrical vase inside a hollowed pumpkin and then drilling holes in the outer shell. Tanya suggests several ways to decorate your pumpkin, whether it be with spiderweb fabric or glow in the dark spray paint. Lastly, insert skewers with food into each hole, so your guests can trick or treat from the centerpiece.
Get the instructions here>>
Tweet lifestyle expert Tanya Memme @Tanya_Memme. Also, visit her on Facebook and check out TanyaMemme.com.
For more recipes and crafts, check "Home & Family" out on Pinterest at pinterest.com/hallmarkchannel.
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