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Pet Week

How to train cats to use the toilet

Did you know cats can be trained to use the toilet?  It’s a thing, and Dr. Andrea Dennis is showing us how to make it happen.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Dennis.

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Better Food

The delicious food at Pasta Vita

If you’ve heard of Pasta Vita, you know how delicious and convenient it is!  Chef Lou Castano of Pasta Vita and Sean de La Rosa, a chef at Mohegan Holding Company, are showing us how to make baked rigatoni with sausage and Asiago cheese!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more about Pasta Vita.

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Better Contest

Better CT Pets Week Sweepstakes

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Better Food

A creative cannoli recipe from the cannoli truck!

There’s a food truck for just about everything these days, including cannolis!  Andrea Meriano is showing us a fun cannoli recipe.  Click here to see where their truck will be and for more information about their bakery!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.

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Better Wine

Wine to enjoy on National Wine Day

Today is National Wine Day!  Renee Allen of the Wine Institute of New England is showing us some wines made in the USA and how they differ from coast to coast.  Click here to learn more!

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Pet Week

Some helpful advice for when you have to put your pet down

It’s a topic no one wants to talk about, but it is necessary.  We’re talking about how to cope and talk to kids about putting a pet down.  Dr. Andrea Dennis of the Bloomfield Animal Hospital is walking us through it all.  Call 866-266-8635 to contact the bereavement hotline mentioned in this piece.

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Today's Headlines

Adam Young is our co-host today! A woman is suing Jelly Belly, and a special mom gets an honorary degree

Adam Young is our co-host today!  A woman is suing Jelly Belly, and a special mom gets an honorary degree...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Lighting

Take your outdoor lighting up a notch

Lights outside your house can make a big difference in how people see your yard at night.  Check out the variety of options CT Lighting has to offer and click here for more information.

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All about the Connecticut Business Summit

The Hartford Business Journal is sponsoring the Connecticut Business Summit happening two weeks from now.  Publisher of the Hartford Business Journal, Joe Zweibel and Sally Rider are telling us all about the event.  Click here for more information.

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Pet Week

Check out beautiful pet portraits

We met up with Suzi Whitaker, an artist out of West Hartford.  She loves animals and also loves drawing them!  They’re spectacular, click here to get in touch with her. 

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Today's Headlines

Top Gun 2, celebrities for president? Boy asks for 'Mrs. Doubtfire' theme party

Here's what's happening in today's headlines...Top Gun 2, celebrities for president?  Boy asks for 'Mrs. Doubtfire' theme party!

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Better Living

Time to get in the garden

We took a trip to Nora Murphy’s home to get some tips on getting the yard ready for the coming seasons.  Click here for more about Nora!

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Better Hair

Trending celebrity hair styles

Lots of trendy hair styles start in Hollywood, we’re getting a look at some of the styles everyone is going after!  Click here to learn more about Blades Salon. 

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Better Banking

Are you ready for some banking trivia?

We’re getting the answers to some important questions surrounding banking.  John Holt, founder and CEO of Nutmeg Financial Credit Union is helping us out.  Click here to learn more about Nutmeg. 

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Power Swabs

How to get whiter teeth

Melinda McKinsey from Power Swabs is showing us how to get white teeth in just 5 minutes!  Click here for more information about Power Swabs or call (800) 973-0263.  There’s a special offer for ‘Better Connecticut’ viewers.

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Pet Week

A pet is a pet, no matter how small

Guinea pigs make great pets!  Pretty Gritty Girls Erica Black and  Monica Lamoureux, is sharing some wisdom about why these friendly rodents are good for kids.  Click here to learn more about the Pretty Gritty Girls.

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Better Food

Lighter food options for your summer picnics

Picnic food sure is delicious, but it’s not always the best for you.  Registered dietitian Dana White is showing us some great options for lighter and healthier Memorial Day food!  Click here to see recipes and to learn more about Dana.

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Pet Week

Under the sea with Joe Zone

You might not have known, but our very own Joe Zone is a fan of fish!  Melissa Cole went to check out some of the pets he has at home. 

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Better Movies

A preview of the highly-anticipated summer movies

We’re getting a look at some of the movies expected to make it big in the theaters this summer!  Check out the list and click here to learn more about Fandango.

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Better Makeup

New colors for your makeup palette

Our friends at “Style Code Live” are showing us some of the hot colors for your spring and summer makeup palette.  Click here for the latest on fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live on the web weeknights at 9. 

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Pet Week

Mustangs that need homes

We’re checking out an organization called Mustang Heritage Foundation.  Their volunteers tell us where these horses came from and how you can help.  Click here to learn more.

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How you can help those battling lung cancer

Wendy Clarke is telling us why she’s so invested in helping the American Lung Association.  Her husband is battling lung cancer right now.  You can help by attending the Lung Force Walk, click here for more information. 

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Better Food

Going Greek in the kitchen!

It’s all Greek in the ‘Better’ kitchen today!  Maria Benardis is the author of the cookbook, “My Greek Family Table.”  She’s here to teach us how to get the best flavor out of tomatoes!  Click here for more information.

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Pet Week

Animals giving back to people on the farm

We went to check out a very special farm called “Ray of Light.”  All the animals on the farm are rescued and they’re helping people too!  Click here to learn more.

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Casting Call

Do you have what it takes to be a survivor?

There’s a casting call at Mohegan Sun for a new season of “Survivor!”  We’re talking to two past contestants of the show, watch to learn more and click here for more information. 

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Today's Headlines

Meet our guest co-host, highlights from the Billboard Music Awards, and the last circus show

Meet our guest co-host, highlights from the Billboard Music Awards, and the last circus show...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Pet Week

Meet a local sports celebrity and her dog

We met up with UConn basketball star Rebecca Lobo and her family dog!  Watch their touching story.

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Pet Week

The rescue dog that’s making all the difference

We’re getting to know Bell, a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix who is a total love bug!  Not only is she a rescue dog, she’s a therapy dog too!  Watch to see how Bell is changing lives and click here to learn more.

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Better Books

Looking for a good summer read?

Lori Fazio is the general manager of RJ Julia Booksellers, she’s showing us some great reads just in time for summer!  Click here for more information.

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Better Yards

How to get a greener lawn

We went to check out Winding Brook Turf Farm in Wethersfield, they have some great options to help you get the lawn you want!  Click here to see all their special offers.  

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Better Living

How to serve the perfect pairing of butter and bubbly

If you want to spice up any party try these tasty butter combinations. For more Churncraft recipes and how to turn your own butter, click here.

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Better People

See how Dress for Success helped these two local women

For more information on Dress for Success and how you can help local women, click here. 

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Better Fitness

How to eat for your body type with Rob Nevins

Rob Nevins shows Kara and Scot how to eat for their body types. To learn how Rob might be able to help you and your weight loss journey, click here. 

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Better Fun

Have a blast with these must-have summer toys

Marissa DiBartolo from The Toy Book and The Toy Insider, shows us the must-have outdoor toys this summer. Click here to get the toys of the summer.

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Better Weekends

There is no better way to kick off summer than with these local events

For these fun and local events visit Renee DiNino’s blog, click here. 

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Better Food

How to pick the perfect hamburger toppings

To get your burger fix, head to Plan B, they have locations across the state. Click here to see their menu and locations.

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Better Headlines

Detachable jeans, Italian castles, Grand Canyon inversion, and so much more

Scot and Kara talk about detachable jeans, Italian castles, Grand Canyon inversion, and so much more.

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Better Health

The advantages of healthcare

Debra Kaplan-Lewis, CEO of United Healthcare Medicare and Retirement in CT, talks about healthcare benefits to help you stay healthy and save money. Click here for more information regarding United Healthcare benefits. 

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Better Money

How to plan for retirement at any age

Joel Johnson, a certified financial planner and managing partner at Johnson Brunetti, is here to today to talk about retirement and the workshops he is hosting across the state for retirement and investment planning. Click here for more information.

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Better Giving

How you can get active for a great cause

It's a busy time of year for charity walks and runs. If you're looking for a great one to join, you're going to want to do the CHR's 1 in 5 Walk and Run. It's happening at Great River Park in East Hartford on Saturday, May 20th at 10 a.m. For information on how to register and more, click here.

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Better Fitness

The best exercises for summer

To get your perfect summer workout, join the M.E.L.T. Fitness team. For more information on workout classes and locations, click here

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Better Style

What you need for the perfect manicure

To get the perfect at-home manicure, one local woman is showing us her invention called, Polish Posy. If you want to donate to the Polish Posy Kickstarter campaign, click here.

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Better Headlines

Record breaking heat, snow in Colorado and a surprise haircut

Record breaking heat, snow in Colorado and Scot Haney gives a very special haircut.

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Better Food

How to make the perfect souffle

Adam Young, the owner of Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, shows Kara and Scot how to make the perfect souffle. If you want to visit Sift Bake Shop, it is located on Water Street in Mystic, click here to visit their website. 
 

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Style Code Live

Amazon’s picks for summer footwear

With the warm weather finally here, it’s time to bust out those summer shoes. Check out these trendy pieces that our friends at Amazon’s Style Code Live picked. Of course, you can find these shoes and more on Amazon, or click here to go straight to their site. 

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Getting to know Taylor Spellman

Kara went out to lunch with Wethersfield native, Taylor Spellman.  She’s now the co-host of “Yours, Mine, or Ours” on Bravo!

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Better Food

The delicious eats at Ricky D’s Ribshack

Ricky Evans is the owner of Ricky D’s Ribshack in New Haven, he’s showing us a few of his dishes and his famous BBQ sauce! Click here for all the details.

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Better Health

Recommendations and solutions for kids with electronics

Dr. Reynolds of the Reynolds Clinic is giving us some insight on problems families face when it comes to electronics.  He also has some recommendations and solutions to alleviate those situations.  Click here for more information about free seminars.

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Better Living

Get the backyard of your dreams

Whatever it is you have in mind for renovating your backyard, Cambridge Pavers has some great ideas for you!  Melissa Cole went to check it out.  Click here for more information.

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Better Toys

Keep the kids busy with awesome toys outside

Get the kids outside and keep them occupied with these awesome outdoor toys!  Marissa DiBartolo is a senior editor at The Toy Insider, she’s showing us some of her top picks.  Click here for more information.

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Better Travel

Planning your trip to Napa Valley

Kim-Marie Evans recently made a trip to California’s Wine Country and she’s sharing some of her top picks for places to see and things to do.  Click here for more information about Luxury Travel Mom.

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Better Food

We’re making Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake!

Amy Traverso, Food Editor at Yankee Magazine, is showing us how to make an outstanding Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake just in time for the warm weather!  You’ll find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.  Click here to see more from Yankee Magazine. 

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Marilu Henner talks about how cancer affected her family

Marilu Henner starred in the hit show, ‘Taxi’ as well as a number of other TV shows.  Today she’s telling us how cancer has affected her family.  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

The top baby names, hackers target Disney, and Bill Gates's new book

The top baby names, hackers target Disney, and Bill Gates's new book...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Communication

What are your eyes saying to those around you?

Patti Wood specializes in non verbal communication and body language.  She’s sharing some fascinating information about eye language and the signals we might be sending without realizing it!  Click here to learn more. 

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Discover all that Kloter Farms has to offer

Whatever it is you’d like to add to your backyard, Kloter Farms has you covered!  Check out all they have to offer.  Click here for more information. 

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Better Living

Try These Tools to Make Yard Work Easier for Yourself

Patrick Roy from Lowe’s is showing us some of his top picks in power tools!  Click here to find a Lowe’s store near you

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Better Food

Grilled cheese with a kick!

Adil Jrid is kitchen manager at Arooga’s 32 in Uncasville.  He’s showing us how to make an extraordinary grilled cheese!  Be sure to check out the restaurant right next to Mohegan Sun and click here for more information.  You’ll find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.

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Better Hair

Get Luscious Looking Hair and Keep it Healthy

Our friends at Style Code Live are showing us some great hair products to get luscious locks and keep it looking healthy!  Click here to see the latest fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live on the web weeknights at 9.

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Better Nature

The Compelling Story of a Trapped Eagle and the Rescue Efforts

A new short film just came out about an incredible rescue of an eagle, it’s called “Carry Me Home.”  Ranger Russ of the Meig’s Point Nature Center and Todd Secki of “A Place Called Hope” are sharing their thoughts about the movie and more valuable information.

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Better Health

How you can support the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

Maria Grove of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance is telling us about the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance program.  You can help by attending the Gala of Hope, click here to learn more.

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Pet Week

Tips to keep your pets safe in an emergency

We’re kicking off our ‘Better Pet Week’ with some useful tips on what to do in case of emergency with your pets.  Click here for more information.

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Today's Headlines

Derek Jeter honored, Jim Parsons married, and an incredible engagement story!

In today's headlines...Derek Jeter honored, Jim Parsons married, and an incredible engagement story!

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Baby Week

Personalized décor for baby’s room

It’s our last day of Baby Week, and we’re getting a look at some super cute personalized décor for baby’s room!  Click here for more information about Amanda and 76th and Newbury.

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Mother's Day

What’s Kara’s mom’s hidden talent?

Kara's mom, Judy, has a passion and talent for interior design.  She created a window treatment called Karice.  Check it out!

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Mother's Day

Scot shares his mother’s secret talent with us

Scot brings us to the kitchen to show us his mom’s hidden talent!  Watch to see more.

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Mother's Day

The special things you can make with a sewing machine

Our talented photographer and editor Eric Budney also has a very talented mother!  She's showing off her skills on the sewing machine.  Check it out!

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Mother's Day

Melissa’s mom has us all beat at the gym

Melissa Cole’s mother may be more in shape than any of us!   Watch how long she can hold a plank for!

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Mother's Day

Meet Renee DiNino's mom, helping the community and animals!

Renee DiNino's mom, Sandy loves animals and found a way to incorporate that passion into helping others.  Take a look!

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Better Food

Make your own baby food!

Babies have to eat too!  Stephanie Middleberg and her husband Andrew Kalish are showing us some recipes babies will love!  Stephanie is a mom, dietitian and author of “The Big Book of Organic Baby Food.”  Click here for more information.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Steve Byrne in ‘Studio B’

Comedian Steve Byrne will be at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight and tomorrow night.  Click here for all the details.

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Today's Headlines

Parents fake it for the HOV lane, could there be a Downton Abbey movie? Plus, move over for the gator!

Parents fake it for the HOV lane, could there be a Downton Abbey movie?  Plus, move over for the gator!

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Better Zoo

Meet an Armadillo!

Our friends from the Roger Williams Park Zoo brought in an armadillo.  Watch to learn more and click here to see what’s going on at the zoo!

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Better Food

Dessert the Greek Way

The Greek Festival is coming up at Holy Trinity in Waterbury.  Janet Gagas is here to show us some of the delicious food you’ll find there, including a Greek cookie called Kowlarakia.  Click here for more information about the festival. 

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Baby Week

The Best in Baby Tech

Julia Wang from thebump.com is showing us some of the top tech products for baby!  Click here to learn more about The Bump.

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Today's Headlines

Lady Gaga's new name, Steve Harvey's request, and a 'Dynasty' comeback

Lady Gaga's new name, Steve Harvey's request, and a 'Dynasty' comeback...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Baby Week

See why women are opting to give birth without medication

Melissa met up with a mom who chose to try a water birth instead of getting an epidural.  You’ll also hear from the nurses who are making this option possible.  Click here to learn more about With Women Wellness.

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Style Code Live

Gift ideas for mom

Our friends from Style Code Live are showing us some gifts mom will love!  Click here for the latest on fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live weeknights at 9.

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Catching up with Judi Kirkpatrick, a ‘Transitions’ winner

Judi Kirkpatrick was the second winner of Transitions with Dr. Lori.  We’re checking in on her progress!  Click here to read more about Judi.

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Natural and eco-friendly products for baby!

Pam Davis runs the online store, "Our Greenhouse."  She's showing us some of her all natural, eco-friendly baby products and her new gift basket options!  Click here to see more.

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Better Food

A delicious poached salmon dish made by a college student!

Grace Vallo is a senior at Uconn who has a passion for food and cooking.  Today she's making Poached Salmon with Smoky Bacon, Black Currant Vinaigrette and Sauteed Spinach!  It's delicious and not too difficult to make.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.  

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Better Health

An overview of the Komen Race for the Cure

Kara went to check out the course of the Komen Race for the Cure.  You'll hear from a breast cancer survivor, a doctor, and sponsors of the event.  Come out on June 3rd to Bushnell Park to support the cause.  Click here for more information.

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Today's Headlines

Teen gets free nuggets for a year, the new order for models in France, and an interesting car ad

Teen gets free nuggets for a year, the new order for models in France, and an interesting car ad...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Nails

New trends in manicures

One could argue that keeping up with your nails is just as important as keeping up with the latest hair trends.  Our friends at Blades Salon are showing us some new manicure trends!  Be sure to follow Blades Salon on Facebook and Instagram.

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Better Banking

Financial help for small businesses

John Holt is the CEO of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, today he's telling us about a new loan to help small businesses.  Click here for more information.

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Baby Week

Tips and tricks to refurbish an old piece of furniture

Jen O'Connell from Blaze and Bloom Vintage is showing us how to turn an old piece of furniture into a cool looking table for a nursery! Click here for more information about Blaze and Bloom.

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Better Food

A delicious twist on strawberry shortcake

Bob and Danita Sulick from Mulberry Street in Manchester are showing us how to make a delicious strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits!  Click here for more information about The Mulb.

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Baby Week

Hospital bag essentials

Julia Wang from thebump.com is showing us some essential items to pack in your hospital bag!  Click here to learn more about thebump.com and be sure to download their app in your app store.

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Baby Week

A look back at baby products

The Connecticut Historical Society is giving us a look back at baby products and the way things were done.  Click here for more information.

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Better Manners

How to properly teach manners to children

Manners are important, but how soon should you start teaching little ones to mind their manners?  Etiquette expert Jodi RR Smith is sharing some thoughts with us about that.  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

A spider causes a car accident, a bear tries to get inside, and American Idol is back!

In today's headlines...a spider causes a car accident, a bear tries to get inside, and American Idol is back!

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Mother's Day

Beach inspired gift ideas from a local shop

Does your mom love the beach?  Maybe there’s a summer birthday in your family coming up, Nicolette Petros is the owner of Eclectiques Décor in Old Saybrook, she and her assistant, Caron Mendillo are showing us some of their products!  Click here for more information.

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Better Gardening

Great plant and flower gifts for mom!

We went to check out the Garden Barn in Vernon, they have lots of varieties of plants and flowers just in time for Mother’s Day!  Click here for more information.

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Bye-bye from babies!

The babies and their mommies say goodbye!

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Baby Week

Top baby products

Carly Dorogi and Sherri French are the women behind the brands Sticky Bellies and SPbang.  They’re showing us the top baby products of the year!  Click here for more information about Sticky Bellies and click here for more information about SPbang.

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Baby Week

The wonder of the Tranquilo Mat

Melissa Gersin is the co-founder of Tranquilo Mat, it’s a product that replicates the sound and feeling of the womb, which comforts newborns.  For more information, click here!

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Style Code Live

How to transform yourself from your gym-self to your work-self

The folks from Amazon’s Style Code Live are showing us some great products to help you get ready for work after the gym when you don’t have time for a shower.  Click here to see the latest fashion and beauty trends, and watch the show live weeknights at 9PM.

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Internet Safety

Keeping kids safe on social media

Social media allows your child to communicate with anyone online, Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts is sharing some advice to parents about how to keep kids safe.  Click here for more information.

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Welcome to Baby Week!

It’s day one of our ‘Better Baby Week!’  We asked moms to bring their babies to the studio today…There’s lots of cuteness here!

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Better Organized

When there’s too much stuff, consider self-storage!

Melissa went to visit a self-storage center called Cube Smart.  They’re partnering with the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers on a “Set to Sell” Contest.  Matt Baier is telling us more about the contest.  Click here to learn more.

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Amazon Style Code Live: Workout to Workday Beauty

Amazon Style Code Live: Workout to Workday Beauty

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo in ‘Studio B’ with the folks from Puerto Vallarta—Complete with a Mariachi Band!  Click here for more information about Puerto Vallarta.

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Mother's Day

Gift ideas for every special mother in your life

Entertaining and lifestyle blogger is showing us some great gifts for any mother in your life!  Click here for gift ideas for all occasions, fun crafts, and recipes!

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Today's Headlines

It's Cinco de Mayo, will American Idol come back? Plus, find out why Ivanka has "the look"

It's Cinco de Mayo, will American Idol come back?  Plus, find out why Ivanka has "the look"...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Laughs

Capone, the gangster of comedy, in ‘Studio B’

Capone considers himself the gangster of comedy, he’ll be at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight through Sunday.  Click here for more information.

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Better Health

Are you getting enough calcium?

There’s been some controversy about how much calcium you should get each day.  Dr. Tracy Brennan of Woman’s Comprehensive Health is sharing some helpful information with us.  Click here for more information about Dr. Brennan.

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Better Weekends

Great concerts, events, and walks to fill your weekend

Renee DiNino from The River 105.9 is sharing some awesome concerts, like Foreigner, and special events happening in the state this weekend.  Click here for Renee's Blog!

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Better Food

A different way to make an omelet

John E. Finn is a professor at Wesleyan University, he's showing us how to make Classic French Omelet!  For more information and to check out his book, click here.

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Better Food

A delicious twist on strawberry shortcake

Bob and Danita Sulick from Mulberry Street in Manchester are showing us how to make a delicious strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits!  They’re also sponsoring our teacher appreciation contest today, be sure to nominate a teacher in your life here, and click here for more information about Mulberry Street.

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Check out our conversation with Laura Linney!

Laura Linney is starring opposite Richard Gere in the movie “The Dinner” which hits theaters this weekend.  Check out our conversation!

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Mother's Day

Beach inspired gift ideas from a local shop

Does your mom love the beach?  Maybe there’s a summer birthday in your family coming up, Nicolette Petros is the owner of Eclectiques Décor in Old Saybrook, she and her assistant, Caron Mendillo are showing us some of their products!  Click here for more information.

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Better Shopping

Find name brands for a fraction of the cost

We went to check out Clothes Mentor in South Windsor!  You’ll be amazed at the clothes you’ll find there.  Watch to see more and click here for more information.

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Today's Headlines

Prince Philip to retire, caffeinated bagels are a thing, Emma Stone declines promposal

Prince Philip to retire, caffeinated bagels are a thing, Emma Stone declines promposal...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Sports

Finding the right bike for you

We went to Bicycles East in Glastonbury to check out their bike selection.  They also showed us how to make sure your bike is the right fit.  Click here for more information.

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Meet a courageous teen battling leukemia and how you can help

Joe Carabase, owner of m.e.l.t. Fitness is holding a Melt-a-thon to raise money to support the CT Sports Foundation and a courageous 17-year-old battling leukemia.  Click here to register for the melt-a-thon, and click here to learn more about m.e.l.t. Fitness.

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Made in CT

Check out this alternative to wallpaper!

Michelle Libby is the creator of ‘Not Wallpaper,’ a product that makes a neat design without using wallpaper.  Her business partner Dan Bernstein is showing us how it works!  You can also use it on wood surfaces or paper!  Click here for more information.

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‘The Love Boat’ celebrates 40 years!

We’re talking to the star of ‘The Love Boat,’ Gavin MacLeod and the actress who played his daughter, Jill Whelan!

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Better Food

Pasta salad that will impress your guests at your next fiesta

Sergio Squatrito of Carla’s Pasta is showing us how to make a delicious pasta salad in just minutes, and it will still impress guests at your next picnic or barbeque!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to find Carla’s Pasta products near you!

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Better Fashion

Stylish gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Debbie Wright is showing us some of her favorite finds for Mother’s Day!  Click here to see Debbie’s new website and blog.

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Better Travel

How to make your next vacation a romantic one

Gabe Saglie from Travelzoo is sharing some tips and trips for romantic vacation getaways!  Click here to learn more. 

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3 Things

How to fix things with your friend

Michael Miller is a motivational speaker and today he’s sharing 3 tips on how to patch things up with a friend if you get into a fight.  Click here to learn more about Michael.

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Today's Headlines

The floating garden, Brad Pitt speaks out, a wild surf rescue, and honoring a janitor

The floating garden, Brad Pitt speaks out, a wild surf rescue, and honoring a janitor...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

How to make your own yogurt!

Not all bacteria is bad for you, Heidi Harkopf of the New England Dairy Council is telling us about the good bacteria in yogurt and how you can make it yourself!  Be sure to find the recipes in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more.

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Teacher Appreciation

Meet a teacher bringing yoga to the classroom

We went to John Paterson Elementary School in Newington, that’s where Ms. D’Alessandro’s second-grade class practices yoga in class!  Watch to learn more and click here to nominate your teacher to win in our teacher appreciation contest.

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Better Products

Products made by kids for kids

We’re talking to the moms behind two brands, “Sticky Bellies” and “Spbang” about products designed by kids for kids!  Click here to learn more about Carly Dorogi and Sticky Bellies and click here to learn more about Sherri French and Spbang.

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Better Food

How to add butter to foods from the farmer’s market

Sisters  Jojo and Kiki Frey from Churncraft are showing us how to add butter to the things you get at farmer’s markets.  Click here for more information about Churncraft.

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Today's Headlines

Surprise! Scot and Kara make Pickle Soda...see the stars at the Met Gala, and a 14 pound baby!

Surprise!  Scot and Kara make Pickle Soda...see the stars at the Met Gala, and a 14 pound baby!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Health

Serious diseases spread by tics

It’s common knowledge that Lyme disease is spread by tics, but there are other diseases also spread by the parasite.  Watch to learn more and click here for more information about Dr. Tessema.

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Better Fashion

How to rock the one shoulder look

Our friends from Amazon’s Style Code Live are showing us how to rock the one shoulder look.  Click here to see more of the latest on fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live on the web weeknights at 9pm.

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Better Food

Recipe ideas to give your dinner a picnic vibe

Now that we’re getting into spring and summer, we can think about grilling outside!  Trace Alford from Sur La Table is showing us some great recipes to give your dinner a picnic vibe.  Be sure to find the recipes in the recipe section of our website and click here for more information about Sur La Table.

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Mental Health

Learn how laughter can change your brain

Dr. Lori Stevic Rust is a psychologist and author of “Put on Your Big Girl Shoes: Stepping into Courage, Resilience, and Gratitude.”  Today she’s talking about how laughing can change your brain!  Click here for more information.

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Better History

A look back in time at the colonial goodwife

Life used to be very different for moms in colonial New England.  Velya Jancz Urban is an author, teacher, and an expert on New England’s colonial women.  Her daughter Ehris is also joining us.  Click here to learn more. 

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Better Fashion

How to dress for the ‘in-between’ season

Rachel Smith from Style Code Live is showing us some great trends for layering up.  Click here to see more of the latest fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live on the web weeknights at 9pm.

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Teacher Appreciation

Meet two teachers who are going on great adventures this summer

Leon Tynes is a teacher at a New Haven Magnet School and Sarah Harris is a teacher at Portland Public Schools, they’re telling us about being named Grosvenor Teacher Fellows.  They’re both headed to cool expeditions this summer, watch to hear more and don’t forget to nominate your teacher for our Teacher Appreciation Contest!

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Today's Headlines

Kelly Ripa's new co-host, daytime Emmy winners and new pictures of Princess Charlotte!

In today's headlines: Kelly Ripa's new co-host, daytime Emmy winners and new pictures of Princess Charlotte!

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Komen 5K

A look inside the mobile mammography coach

As The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure gets ready for June 3rd, we’re getting a look inside Hartford Hospital’s mobile mammography coach.  Karen Weingrod from Hartford Hospital and Komen New England CEO Lori van Dam are joining us to tell us more.  Click here for more information. 

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Everything you need to know about mortgage and lending rates at Liberty Bank

Tom Hylinski is the Executive Vice President of Consumer Lending at Liberty Bank, he's telling us about a  new equity line and how you can take advantage of it!  Click here for more information.  

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Better Laughs

Comedian Mark Normand in ‘Studio B’

Comedian Mark Normand will be at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight through Sunday.  Click here for all the details.

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Better Treats

Check out this unique Thai ice cream!

We did some taste testing at 0 Degree Thai Ice Cream in Middletown!  It’s delicious and the way it’s made is really cool to watch.  Click here for more information.

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Better Food

A tasty twist on French Toast

Michelle Lebel from the Corner Brunch in Milford is showing us how to make Toasted Almond Crusted French Toast with Fresh Raspberries!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more about the Corner Brunch. 

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Better Eats

Meet “Jaws” the hot dog eating champion!

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has nine hot dog eating championship wins under his belt, and now he’s munching his way towards a new world record.  Click here to enter Nathan's Hot Dog Contest.

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Better Pets

What you need to know about your pet’s eyes

Dr. Andrea Dennis is in today to talk about our pet’s eye health.  She’s talking about what is normal, and what’s not.  Click here for more information.

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Better Weekends

It’s the last weekend of April, go out with a bang!

Renee DiNino from the River 105.9 is sharing some fun concerts, benefit walks, and events happening this weekend!  Click here for Renee’s Blog.

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Today's Headlines

Johnny Depp surprises fans in Disney, adding fiber to Coke? And an interesting mascot race

Johnny Depp surprises fans in Disney, adding fiber to Coke?  And an interesting mascot race...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Banking

Check out the newest branch of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union opened its newest branch in West Hartford, they're showing us some of the new technology and something called an Intelligent Teller Machine, or ITM.  Click here to learn more about Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union!

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Dads learn how to do their daughter's hair

Dads might not be the first ones daughters go to for hair advice, but one dad in Wolcott is making it his business!  He learned how to do hair through the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory, and now helps other dads.  Take a look at this heartwarming story.  Click here to learn more about an upcoming class.  

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Better Living

Gifts to give for teacher appreciation!

Lifestyle blogger, Limor Suss is showing us some great gifts teachers will love for teacher appreciation day coming up.  Click here to see more gift, DIY, and craft ideas!

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Better Activities

Finding the perfect bike for your tyke

Scot went to visit Bicycles East in Glastonbury, they showed us how to pick out the perfect bike for your little one.  Watch to learn more and click here for more information.

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Better Food

Freddie Prinze Jr talks about cooking with the family

You know Freddie Prinze Jr. from lots of movies, including the Scooby Doo movies as Fred.  Not only is he a great actor, he's also a whiz in the kitchen!  Freddie is showing us some of his favorite simple recipes and tips for cooking with the family.  Click here to see his cookbook.  

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Better Fashion

Fashion inspired by Jackie Kennedy

Frankie Grande and Rachel Smith from Amazon's Style Code Live are showing us different looks and accessories inspired by Jackie Kennedy.  Click here for the latest fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live on the web weeknights at 9 pm.

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Today's Headlines

Adorable baby penguins, a giant Starbucks, and police help a homeless man

In today's headlines...adorable baby penguins, a giant Starbucks, and police help a homeless man!

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Better Health

New technology to relieve muscle pain

Dr. Richard Carpenos from New England Spine and Disc is showing us some new technology that can help relieve muscle pain from sports injuries without surgery!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Health

Find out how acupuncture can help fertility

UConn Health’s Center for Advanced Reproductive Services helps couples achieve their dreams of becoming parents, and now they’re adding acupuncture to their services. Watch to learn more and click here for more information.

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The very talented James Naughton visits ‘Studio B’

James Naughton has starred in “Chicago” and “City of Angels” on Broadway, and he’s no stranger to film and TV.  He’s a resident of Connecticut and today he’s raising awareness for pancreatic cancer after losing his wife to the disease.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Products

Products designed for picky eaters

We’re talking to the moms behind two brands, “Sticky Bellies” and “Spbang” about products designed to make eating fun for kids!  Click here to learn more about Carly Dorogi and Sticky Bellies and click here to learn more about Sherri French and Spbang.

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Better Travel

Tips on vacationing with the kids

Travel blogger and Connecticut resident, Eileen Ogintz, has some great tips for vacationing with the kids!  Click here for more information.

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Better Hair

Add character to your ponytail

The folks at Blades Salon in Wethersfield are showing us some tricks to add character to the traditional ponytail.  Be sure to check out Blades on Instagram at @bladesalon.

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Better Lighting

Check out beautiful lighting products

Scot went to check out the beautiful lighting fixtures, new and restored, at Restoration Lighting in Hartford.  Click here for more information.

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Today's Headlines

The new craze in jeans, flying taxis, a former "Bachelor" arrested, and Frozen 2!

In today's headlines: The new craze in jeans, flying taxis, a former "Bachelor" arrested, and Frozen 2!

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Get bright white teeth with Power Swabs

Melinda Mckinsey is telling us more about how Power Swabs can transform your smile.  Click here to learn more about the special offer for Better Connecticut viewers.

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Better Toys

Check out some of the hottest "fidget toys" to hit store shelves

Fidget toys are all the rage right now.  Marissa DiBartolo, Senior Editor at The Toy Insider is showing us a few of the most popular ones to hit store shelves.  Click here to see more toy reviews.

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Better Living

Gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

Family and lifestyle blogger, Julie Kieras, is showing us gifts teachers will love for the upcoming teacher appreciation week.  To see more products, crafts, and projects, visit HappyStrongHome.com.

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Gift ideas for moms, dads, and grads!

We’re coming up on a busy time of year, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduations!  The Pretty Gritty Girls have a gift giving guide for all the occasions.  Click here to see more.

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Better Living

Set yourself up for an enjoyable summer

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford has some tips on how to prepare the outside of your home for success this summer!  Click here for more information.

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Today's Headlines

Elton John is sick, the closest thing to a flying car, a Doritos escort, and a baby born at the zoo

Elton John is sick, the closest thing to a flying car, a Doritos escort, and a baby born at the zoo...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Skin

Get rid of wrinkles under the eyes

Annette Figueroa from Plexaderm is telling us more about the product that reduces wrinkles around the eyes.  Click here for more information and to see the special offer for Better Connecticut viewers.

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How to help a child who is struggling in school

Dr. Robert Reynolds is introducing us to a client who benefited from the services at the Reynolds Clinic.  Hear his story and click here for more information about free seminars.

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Recognizing women in business

Bonnie Malley and Lynn Ricci are two women who have been recipients of the “Women in Business” award presented by the Hartford Business Journal.  Watch our interview and click here for more information.

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Better Food

Ryan Durant shows us how to make a ceviche

Chef Ryan Durant from Assaggio Restaurant in Branford is showing us how to make a ceviche!  Click here for more information.

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Uno Alla Volta on Mother’s Day gifts!

Terri Alpert is the founder and CEO of Uno Alla Volta, she’s here with some great gift ideas for mom on Mother’s Day!  Click here to see the special offer to Better Connecticut viewers.

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Better Books

New books to add to your home library

Lori Fazio from RJ Julia Booksellers is showing us some entertaining books for kids and adults.  Click here to learn more!

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Today's Headlines

Remembering Erin Moran, Barbra Streisand turns 75, McDonald's new uniforms, and pygmy goats!

Remembering Erin Moran, Barbra Streisand turns 75, McDonald's new uniforms, and pygmy goats!  All that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Hair

How to get fuller thicker hair

Our friends at Amazon’s ‘Style Code Live’ are showing us steps to get fuller thicker hair!  Click here for the latest on fashion and beauty trends and watch the show live weeknights at 9pm.

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Better Living

The Garden Barn has great ideas for landscaping!

Scot went to visit The Garden Barn in Vernon, check out all that they offer for landscaping!  Click here to learn more. 

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Amazon Style Code Live: Jackie O Fashion

Amazon Style Code Live: Jackie O Fashion

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Amazon Style Code Live: Fuller hair

Amazon Style Code Live: Fuller hair

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Scot practices for a dance competition!

Mr. Scot Haney is competing in a dance competition for charity, it’s called “Dining and Dancing in the Dark” to benefit Cris Radio.  Click here to sponsor Scot and click here for more information about the event.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Pete Correale in ‘Studio B’

Comedian Pete Correale will be at the Hartford Funny Bone this weekend, click here for all the details!

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Better Food

Bringing lobster to brunch!

One of the great restaurants on our shoreline is Flanders Fish Market and Restaurant!  Chef Olivia Formica is showing us how to make Lobster Benedict over cornbread!  Click here for more information about Flanders Fish.

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Better Food

Celebrate English Muffin Day

Jill Moskites from The Whey Station food truck is showing us a unique English Muffin meal we can make to celebrate English Muffin Day on Sunday!  Click here for more information about The Whey Station.

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Better Weekends

Renee DiNino tells us about some exciting things happening this weekend

Renee DiNino from the River 105.9 has some great ideas on what you can do this weekend along with her movie picks of the week.  Click here to see even more events on Renee’s Blog.

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Today's Headlines

Happy birthday to the Queen! George H.W. Bush recovering, and pigeons lay eggs in strange places

Happy birthday to the Queen!  George H.W. Bush recovering, and pigeons lay eggs in strange places...all that and more in today's headlines.

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  • Better Recipes

    5.25.17 Cannoli Chips and Dip

    5.25.17 Cannoli Chips and Dip

    Thursday, May 25 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-05-25 20:00:25 GMT
    Cannoli Chips and Dip From Andrea Meriano of Meriano's Bakery & Cannoli Truck Cannoli Dip Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk ricotta (strained overnight) 1 cup or more powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips 1 tsp cinnamon Instructions: Mix ricotta and powdered sugar a bit at a time until sweetened to taste Add other ingredients and mix with spatula Chill Cannoli Chips Ingredients: 2 2/3 cup flour 1/2 cup marsala wine 1/2 tsp salt...More >
    Cannoli Chips and Dip From Andrea Meriano of Meriano's Bakery & Cannoli Truck Cannoli Dip Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk ricotta (strained overnight) 1 cup or more powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips 1 tsp cinnamon Instructions: Mix ricotta and powdered sugar a bit at a time until sweetened to taste Add other ingredients and mix with spatula Chill Cannoli Chips Ingredients: 2 2/3 cup flour 1/2 cup marsala wine 1/2 tsp salt...More >
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    5.24.17 Baked Rigatoni and Sausage w/ Asiago Cheese

    5.24.17 Baked Rigatoni and Sausage w/ Asiago Cheese

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-05-24 20:00:23 GMT
    Baked Rigatoni and Sausage w/ Asiago Cheese From  Lou Castanho and Sean De La Rosa from Pasta Vita at Mohegan Sun INGREDIENTS AMOUNT UNIT Rigatoni (DeCecco #24) 1 lb. Link Sausage 1 1/2 lb. Vodka Sauce 1 qt. Asiago Cheese (diced sma...More >
    Baked Rigatoni and Sausage w/ Asiago Cheese From  Lou Castanho and Sean De La Rosa from Pasta Vita at Mohegan Sun INGREDIENTS AMOUNT UNIT Rigatoni (DeCecco #24) 1 lb. Link Sausage 1 1/2 lb. Vodka Sauce 1 qt. Asiago Cheese (diced sma...More >
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    5.16.17 Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

    5.16.17 Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-05-16 20:00:21 GMT
    Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake From Amy Traverso at Yankee Magazine, Click here for full article Made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and fresh fruit, this strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipe is an early summer family favorite. Note: You can find freeze-dried strawberries in the dried fruit or natural foods aisle of your grocery store. If they are unavailable, you can substitute regular strawberries, sliced lengthwise. Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Hands-On Time: 30 minute...More >
    Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake From Amy Traverso at Yankee Magazine, Click here for full article Made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and fresh fruit, this strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipe is an early summer family favorite. Note: You can find freeze-dried strawberries in the dried fruit or natural foods aisle of your grocery store. If they are unavailable, you can substitute regular strawberries, sliced lengthwise. Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Hands-On Time: 30 minute...More >
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway

    Better Connecticut is holding a contest where you can nominate a teacher who is currently teaching who has made a difference in your life or the life of your child. Each day from Monday, May 1st – Friday, May 4th, we'll draw a name and that teacher will receive a gift certificate to one of several great Connecticut restaurants.

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