Today on Home & Family
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
TV host and judge of "Rewrapped" Marc Summers gives us the scoop of working with Joey Fatone on their Food Network show. Learn about the rounds of competition and what unusual food combinations he's tasted. Then, he recounts his long history with "Home & Family" executive producer Woody Fraser. Later, Mark and Marc go head-to-head in our "Blast From the Past Taste-Off."
Follow Marc on Twitter @ibatvmc.
Bringing Baby Home with Debbie Matenopoulos & Dr. JJ Levenstein
Any day now, Debbie Matenopoulos will be giving birth to her first baby. The nerves are already setting in about bringing her newborn home. Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP shares essential information all new parents should know. She discusses frequency of feedings, newborn weightloss, jaundice, and more. Plus, find out just how soon you can start getting your baby into a sleep routine. And, we get a sneak peek inside Debbie's nursery.
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Take parenting classes instructed by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com. To learn more about parents' concerns with kids go to her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMDMoms. Also, find helpful parenting products at the website Dr. Levenstein co-founded and serves as president of, www.mdmoms.com.
Gourmet Chocolate Bars with Valerie Gordon
If your life is like a box of chocolates, you won't want to miss this! Valerie Confections owner Valerie Gordon shares her lifelong passion for chocolate with her handcrafted gourmet chocolate bars. She pours pure love into every bite. Learn the tempering process and how to make your own chocolate at home. All you'll need is a thermometer.
For more information on Valerie Gordon and Valerie Confections, go to www.valerieconfections.com.
Actress and "I Am Living in 2 Homes" author Garcelle Beauvais discusses tapping into personal experience to pen her latest children's book to help families navigate divorce. Raised by only her mom, Garcelle was presented with the challenge of learning how to successfully co-parent her now almost 7-year-old twin sons after splitting from her husband.
Actress Garcelle Beauvais and publisher Stranger Comics are announcing the release of "I AM LIVING IN 2 HOMES," the second installment in their "I AM" children's book series. The hardcover book was released on August 19, 2014 and is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The digital version is available for download now via iBooks (iTunes) for the iPad and Amazon Kindle. The maiden book, "I AM MIXED," has been a worldwide success and remains available on all formats. The third book in the series is currently in pre-production stages and expected to be released in summer 2015. All books are co-authored by Garcelle and Stranger Comics' president, Sebastian A. Jones, and beautifully illustrated by artist James C. Webster. Drawing on both her life experience as a mother and research on children's issues, Beauvais' "I AM" books address identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book, "I AM MIXED," focuses on brother and sister Jay and Nia and explores the thoughts and emotions shared from children of mixed ethnicities. The second book in the series, "I AM LIVING IN 2 HOMES," navigates the complexities both child and parent face when dealing with separation and divorce.
Giant Ornament with Tanya Memme
Deck the halls! Tanya Memme puts together oversized Christmas ornaments in just a few simple steps. This inexpensive project uses a gigantic plastic ball as the ornament.
Maryum Ali opens up about intimate details of her childhood as Muhammad Ali's daughter. Find out how she learned of his celebrity status and the major impact he made on society as a whole. Many films have been made about the champion boxer, but this documentary sets itself apart with never before heard audio recordings of private conversations between Ali and his family. Maryum discusses the legacy her dad will leave behind and how their Muslim faith looks at death as a forever sleep. She also touches on how the family dealt with his Parkinsons diagnosis 30 years ago.
For more on Maryum Ali, follow her on Twitter @maryum7.
Cristina Ferrare Cooks Leftover Turkey Soup with Dumplings
The overwhelming amount of Thanksgiving leftovers will leave you gobbling for days. Cristina Ferrare teaches us to make turkey stock using the carcass of the bird. She adds orzo pasta and dumplings to make a tasty soup ready to eat after refrigerating overnight.
Debt-Free Holiday Spending with Jeanette Pavini
To avoid fainting when your January billing statements come in the mail, listen closely to Jeanette Pavini's holiday budgeting tips. You can spend quality time with family near and far and give meaningful gifts without worrying about buyer's remorse later. Find out about travel deals, grocery shopping, sales, credit card promotions, layaway, and more. Jeanette's number one rule of thumb is to stick to a strict well-planned-out budget.
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Winterizing Your Home with Paige Hemmis
Baby, it's gonna get cold outside. Paige Hemmis gives us the rundown on how to prepare our house for temperature change. Winterizing your home adds up to huge savings on your utility bills by conserving energy. Learn how to caulk windows, clean out gutters, check water supply lines, and so much more.
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.
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
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