Today on Home & Family
Friday, August 1st, 2014
Actor Dylan Neal discusses the evolution of Jack and Olivia's romance from season one to season two of the Hallmark Channel Original Series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove." Although the major plot twists remain a tightly guarded secret, Dylan does reveal that viewers will be left with huge cliffhangers on the season finale. He also hints that Jack's past will come back to haunt him. Then, Dylan shares his love of carpentry, teaching us how to build vintage wood signs.
Cristina Cooks Chocolaty Nanaimo Bars
"Taste of Home" contributor Kelly McCulley of Des Moines, Iowa Skypes in with Cristina to share her chocolaty nanaimo bar recipe that won the Best Cookie at the Iowa State Fair. The recipe first took the crown in its class and then went on to place first among all 53 other categories at the fair! And this wasn't Kelly's only time standing atop the podium. Her pulled pork cinnamon roll recipe is just one other example of her award-winning culinary expertise.
No-Sew Leather Accessories with Jessie Jane
Jessie Jane shows us the process of crafting no-sew leather cases to hold our accessories. These sleeves and pouches can store and protect iPhones, iPads, business cards, cash, and more. Plus, Jessie shows how to make holes in the material with a leather punch.
Actress Italia Ricci expresses gratitude for the positive response fans have had in reaction to her new show "Chasing Life." She loves keeping the lines of communication open with viewers to read how they prevailed through personal struggles. Italia has been learning about the trials and tribulations of cancer along with her character. She's spoken to cancer survivors, families, nurses, doctors, and more to better relate to the role. Italia even offered to shave her head on camera, but logistically couldn't because the episodes shoot out of order.
"Chasing Life" airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC Family.
"Home & Family" Dream Bathroom Makeover Reveal with The Carey Brothers
The Carey Brothers, James and Morris Carey, are finally ready to reveal the fruits of their labor. In the culmination of the "Home & Family" Dream Bathroom Makeover Sweepstakes, winner Debora Dellinger joins us via phone from her home in Borden, IN. Watch The Carey Brothers as they install a pedestal sink, mirrored medicine cabinet, tub, lighting, toilet, and a silent fan for ventilation. As a precaution, they use a special sealant to prevent the toilet from ever leaking again. Thanks to The Carey Brothers' efficient use of space, Debora's tiny bathroom is now her dream bathroom!
Laura Bell Bundy
Actress, singer, songwriter, and dancer Laura Bell Bundy opens up on her diversion from her normal comedic parts into a more serious role. In Laura's new film, "Home is Where the Heart Is," Laura's character is chasing her dream in Hollywood before she must return home to Texas after her mother dies. Upon arriving in the Lone Star State, she meets her now orphaned half-sister, who convinces her to stay and care for her. Laura tells us about filming a scene in the rain with the adorable Bailee Madison and co-starring with John C. McGinley. Plus, Laura also lends her beautiful voice to a song in the film and credits. She's even got a new album coming out and hopes to use her music to spread awareness about heart disease.
"Home is Where the Heart Is" will be released on DVD on August 19. It's also available on Amazon.
Follow her on Twitter @laurabellbundy.
Yadagive with Mark
Mark has partnered with Yadagive founder and CEO Bobby Brown to make donating to charity easier than ever. All you do is pick a charity close to your heart and shop online. It's as simple as that. Today Mark & Bobby walk us through a simple video demonstration of the process. A percentage of your purchases goes to benefit the organization of your choice. Plus, your year-end donation total can be used as a tax write-off. Bobby also shares how a small fundraising idea at his kids' school has spread and grown to involve celebrities. The potential for fundraising is endless.
Learn more about Yadagive at yadagive.org. Contact the organization via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog Water Safety with Laura Nativo
We've all heard about the doggie paddle, but pet lifestyle expert Laura Nativo informs us it doesn't come naturally to all dogs. Find out how to keep your pooch safe around the pool and prevent drowning. Dog trainer and CLEAR founder Terry Simons brings some furry friends along to demonstrate water-based exercises and lessons to get your dog familiar with swimming.
Bone Pool, $369, OneDogOneBone.com
Aqua Pup Dog Float, $$129, DoTheGoodLife.com
To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch with Angela Sun
For her documentary "Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch," journalist/filmmaker/sportscaster Angela Sun has dedicated eight years to researching islands of trash that have formed in the center of the Pacific Ocean. Due to the water current, highly concentrated pieces of trash are floating and washing ashore. Angela educates us how to reduce our carbon footprint by avoiding single use plastics such as disposable water bottles, coffee lids, and bags.
"Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is available for pre-order at plasticparadisemovie.com.
Kelp & Seashells with Shirley Bovshow
Shirley Bovshow is here to bring the ocean to your garden. Shirley explains how the nutrients in the form of kelp is used to stimulate the roots of plants. Shirley also shares how to make your own kelp extract. And later Shirley explains how calcium-rich seashells can help treat acidic soil. Plus, discover a bunch of different uses for seashells. They truley are a treasure of the sea.
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