Jon Secada

Today isn't "Just Another Day" at "Home & Family" because singer/author Jon Secada is here! He tells us about life on the road and potential plans to secure a concert residency in Las Vegas soon. Having left Cuba at age eight, Jon keeps his heritage alive in his kids' Miami upbringing. Emilio and Gloria Estefan are even his son's godparents and played a large part in Jon's career success. Find out about Jon's involvment in Ricky Martin's rise to super stardom, his dispute with Shakira, what is was like performing with Pavarotti, and Broadway experience in "Cabaret." Then, he performs his hit "Just Another Day."

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"Jon Secada: A New Day" is now in bookstores. Check out and follow him on Twitter @jonsecada.

Cristina Ferrare Cooks "Taste of Home" Game Day Gumbo

From the heart of the SEC, Heidi Jobe Skypes with Cristina Ferrare in the kitchen. The Georgia wife and mom submitted her hearty and traditional Southern recipe for game day gumbo to "Taste of Home" magazine. After 30 minutes in the crockpot, it's ready to be taken to the stadium to enjoy while tailgating or cheering from the bleachers. Find out how roux thickens the gumbo to perfection.

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Jay Harrington

Actor Jay Harrington elaborates on the premise of his new show "Benched." Co-star Eliza Coupe's character has an epic meltdown upon finding out her ex-fiancee is getting married and she doesn't make partner at her law firm. Flash forward six months, she and Jay meet at her new job at the Public Defender's office. Jay also tells us all about the fun he had on the set of "Hot in Cleveland" with Betty White and the nickname he was given by fellow guest star Regis Philbin.

The series premiere of "Benched" airs tonight, Tuesday, at 10:30/9:30c on USA.

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Kid Pumpkin Carving with Matt Rogers & Son

Matt Rogers and his son Brayden Rogers review safety tips for pumpkin carving with kids to avoid trips to the ER. Learn what kind of knife is best for children to use under close adult supervision and the safest technique. Plus, instead of placing a candle inside your jack-o-lantern, use a glowing LED light. To extend the lifespan your pumpkin, cut it open from the bottom so it can continue getting nutrients from its stem. Minimize how much elaborate carving needs to be done by decorating with stickers and Mr. Potato Head-like body parts. Give your pumpkin quite the schnoz by using the stem as the nose.

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Savvy Seniors with Kym Douglas

Bling out at any age. Kym Douglas shows us how to jazz up canes for those of us needing walking assistance. Learn about very affordable hearing aids that will give you back the gift of sound. And, make sure to ask for unadvertised senior rates and discounts that companies may secretively offer.

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Witch's Broom Treat Bags with Tanya Memme

Tanya Memme works her magic, turning two brown paper lunch bags into a candy-filled witch's broom. This makes a great goodie bag for a Halloween party. Once kids tear it open, candy comes pouring out!

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Hostess Gift Ideas From Hallmark Crown Collection

Treat your friend like the queen or princess that she is with the Crown Collection inspired by Hallmark Artistry. This line of hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant jewelry makes a great hostess gift this holiday season. These necklaces, bracelets, and earrings can be wrapped in a creative, custom gift box or draped around a decorative bottle.


Angel of Love Earrings, $19.95
Peaceful Cross, $34.95
First Love Necklace, $49.95

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Crown Collection is available on for $19-$59.

DIY Chalk Mason Jars with Paige Hemmis

Paige Hemmis sprays mason jars with one coat of chalkboard paint. Write a new message whenever you want because the chalk is eraseable. Paige finds the solution to preserving your writing if you want it to last forever without rubbing off. These mason jars make excellent flower vases, amongst other purposes.

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Morgan the Parrot
Morgan the Parrot ruffled a lot of feathers when he was returned to his original British owner speaking Spanish. With us today is Liza Smith and her grandfather Rubin Hernandez. Liza explains her grandparents had purchased Morgan at a garage sale, not knowing another family was looking for him. When he flew the coup from their care as well, his finder contacted veterinarian Dr. Teresa Micco, who coincidentally is searching for her own lost bird. She scanned Morgan's microchip and returned him to the British woman, who was surprised to discover the bird she taught French was now speaking Spanish. The Spanish-speaking Hernandez family heard this story on the news and has since been reunited with the tri-lingual parrot. Dr. Micco goes on to explain how the voice box in parrots enables them to mimic human language.

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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