Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
Santa would like to welcome you to "Ho, Ho, Home & Family" to kick off our Christmas in July weeklong celebration! Mark and Cristina preview a few of the more than 200 new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that will debut in 2014. The "Tis the Seasoning!" gingerbread man and milk bottle ornament pair fills Cristina's heart with love. Mark is enamored with the "Kringle and Kris" ornament that features Santa holding his naughty/nice list with a reindeer friend.
Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments are available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. Find the location nearest you at hallmark.com.
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DIY Nutcracker Soldiers with Ken Wingard
Ken Wingard recruits an army of Nutcracker soldiers to stand guard outside our home. He builds these DIY troops using painted buckets, planters, trash cans, and PVC pipes. Attention! Forward march!
Actress Kellie Martin talks about mastering the sport of figure skating in a time crunch for a role. She got to tap back into that skill set when she laced up and hit the ice in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "The Christmas Ornament," co-starring Cameron Mathison. Though it was a brutally hot summer in Canada when she shot the holiday movie, Kellie got in the spirit thanks to her costumes. She shares her favorite family tradition of baking cookies for Santa with her daughter. Plus, Kelly shows us some toys her little girl handpicked.
1. Domino Fun Run!, $43, RompStore.com
2. Ukulele Kit, $42, RompStore.com
"The Christmas Ornament" airs Saturday, July 12 at 4/3c on Hallmark Channel. Get the complete schedule for Hallmark Channel's Christmas Keepsake Holiday Preview.
DIY Clothespin Wreath with Bethany Mota
Designer/lifestyle and fashion expert Bethany Mota tells us how she became a teenage Youtube sensation and the influence her fanbase has on videos she posts. Then, Bethany teaches us to make a holiday wreath using painted clothespins. Also, find out all about the line she created for Aeropostale, available in stores and online.
Fabio Viviani Cooks Whole Roasted Chicken with Ricotta, Ham, and Roasted Lemon
'Tis the season of eating! Chef Fabio Viviani uses a small game hen as his roasted chicken of choice for this holiday meal. He stuffs the bird with prosciutto and ricotta and flavors it with lemon.
Must-Have Holiday Fashion Preview
Celebrity stylist Daniel Musto and Debbie Matenopoulos bring us holiday fashion fresh off the runway from as far away as the Philippines. They're previewing the hottest looks before even hitting store racks. Debbie styles her baby bump in a comfortable empire-waisted 40s inspired gown. Models also showcase the latest silver and gold, velvet, scarlet red, and animal print trends that will be holiday party must-haves this coming December. Also, find the perfect shoes and clutches to compliment each look. Holiday Fashions:
1. 40s inspired gown, aidanmattox.com
2. sequined mini dress, aidanmattox.com
3. cheetah dress, darlingclothes.com
4. velvet trousers, aidanmattox.com
5. peep toe pumps, samedelman.com
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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.
Cristina Cooks Summer Sauce
Tomatoes are in season July and August, so harvest your crop this summer to last all the way until the winter holidays. Cristina shows us how to make sauce using tomatoes freshly picked from the "Home & Family" garden. Then, she demonstrates how to sterilize jars before sealing the sauce air-tight for safe longterm storage in our pantry.
Selfies with Mark
But first, let me take a selfie! Group selfies, or rather "usies," are a fantastic way to create lasting holiday memories. But, sometimes our arm just isn't long enough to squeeze all our friends and family into the frame. Mark has a solution with a monopod selfie stick that extends the reach for a wider shot. He also introduces us to a Bluetooth clicker to snap the pic. And, there's a fun fisheye lens iPhone attachment, plus consider putting a black and white or sepia tone filter for a more antique feel. The monopod selfie stick is available for $15-50 at your local electronics store and the selfie clicker costs $20.
Gift Wrapping with Mark & Cristina
Do as Cristina does and take advantage of some great July sales. Once you've gotten the bulk of your holiday shopping done, learn the hottest gift wrapping trends. Hallmark shares their trade secrets, revealing their vision boards. This Christmas, it's all about mixing metallics in a multicultural way. Elegant reds and greens are also trending on packages. A mid-century modern feel is also very in. Then, Mark skips the whole wrapping paper thing, opting to instead stuff a gift bag with festive tissue paper.
Kym Douglas' Favorite Hostess Gift Picks
Kym Douglas recommends having generic hostess gifts on hand for last minute invites. You never want to show up to a party empty handed. She features some great presents perfect for wine aficionados, a monogrammed caddy, and a wreath made of pigs in a blanket on a tray. Favorite Hostess Gift Picks:
1. The Corkcicle is available at www.Corkcicle.com for $24.95. Get 15% off with the promo code HALLMARK15.
2. The Utensil Caddy is available for $29 on shopgochic.com. Get 20% off anything on the website until July 18 with the promo code HOSTESS.
3. High Heel Wine Bottle Holder is $26.95 at wildeyedesigns.com.
Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com and www.kymscorner.com. Follow her on Twitter @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.
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