Today on Home & Family
Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Nicky Whelan
Actress Nicky Whelan talks about starring alongside Nicolas Cage in "Left Behind," based on a 16 book series. Playing a flight attendant came pretty natural for Nicky, who has lots of frequent flyer miles traveling back and forth to her native Australia. Find out how she's learned to mask her Aussie accent so well, including for her role in the new series "Matador." Later, she gives us a peek at her beautiful Venetian mask collection.

"Left Behind" is in theaters now.

"Matador" airs on El Rey Network.

Home Safety Products with Kym Douglas
Kym Douglas highlights an assortment of gadgets and gizmos to protect ourselves, homes, and possessions. Keep the robbers out and your belongings safe by tricking would-be intruders into thinking you're home with a Fake TV. Prevent your hot curling iron or blow dryer from sparking a fire by letting it cool off in this special holder. Monitor movement in your house with a motion sensor that sends texts directly to your phone. And, cushion legs of tables, chairs, and more to prevent bumps and bruises with Stub Stoppers. Follow her on Twitter @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.

Cristina Ferrare Cooks Best Buttermilk Pancakes & Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Cristina Ferrare cooks a stack of buttermilk pancakes perfect to serve Christmas morning or for Sunday brunch. She freezes the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag to have them handy and ready to go at a moment's notice. Learn how to make a fluffy batch of pancakes and when is the right time to flip. Plus, Cristina also cooks homemade sausage patties.
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DIY Potato Stamp Art with Soleil Moon Frye
Actress Soleil Moon Frye uses a cookie cutter to imprint shapes in potato wedges. Then, she dips it in paint to stamp on a piece of canvas. This is a great way for kids to decorate their own bedroom. Soleil is also excited to announce the children's book series she co-wrote with her daughters in conjunction with Kix cereal. Plus, find out stories from the set of the new season of "Home Made Simple," on which Soleil and Ken Wingard make over spaces for some very deserving families.
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"Home Made Simple" returns for an all-new season on Saturday, November 1 at 9a/8c on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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San Diego Zoo's Rick Schwartz
Cats and dogs can be friends afterall. Rick Schwartz from the San Diego Zoo introduces us to an unlikely pair of pals. After being abandoned by its mom shortly after birth, this cheetah cub was paired with this rhodesian ridgeback puppy to be lifelong companions. Rick also teaches us how a coiled up ball python uses its tongue and the anatamy of its teeth. Stick around to meet some more kittens from various cat species and the echidna, which is related to the platypus.

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DIY Wooden Pumpkin Decor with Ken Wingard
Ken Wingard finds yet another creative use for wood pallets. He connects them to make a board. Then, Ken saws out a pumpkin shape and attaches a broom handle as the stem. And there you have it, a rustic wooden pumpkin to add to your Halloween yard display.

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Dr. Sanjay Grover
Say goodbye to your jiggly bits and hello to a trim, toned waistline without a nip or a tuck. Dr. Sanjay Grover, MD, FACS details a noninvasive weight loss treatment called Vanquish, which uses electrical energy to heat fat cells. The procedure targets the abdomen, muffin top, and love handles. Learn about its safety, FDA approval status, and effectiveness. Take a look at some remarkable before-and-after photos. And, observe as Katie Richmond, RN helps to administer a Vanquish session on patient Jamie Johansen.

Learn more Dr. Grover at You can also call his Newport Beach office at (949) 759-9551 or his Beverly Hills office at (310)276-4526.

Hollywood Steals
Sandie Newton is MVP with these super-low Hollywood Steals prices. Score a touchdown in your man cave and make your children's Disney dreams come true with tremendous wall decals for their lowest price ever, $35. All the way from India, these gemstone earrings are going, going, gone for $32. Waste no time with these fast-drying towels for $39. Take a deep breath and light up these fragrant candles for only $14.

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DIY Man-Eating Monster Plants with Shirley Bovshow
Remember the terrifying Venus flytrap from "Little Shop of Horrors?" Shirley Bovshow feeds our imagination with a DIY man-eating monster plant to add to our "Haunt & Family" lawn decor. She sprays insulation in a vase to stick a branch into as the plant's stem. Then, she carves the mouth and sharp teeth out of a hollow fake plastic pumpkin. Careful not to lose and fingers!
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Check out Shirley Bovshow's garden designing expertise at and follow her on Twitter @EdenMaker.

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 or contact Best Friends Animal Society at (818) 643-3989. We also invite you to visit and

To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit

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