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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>ello, everybody. welcome to thirsty thursday, may 8th. we're so happy you're here with us today. we have a very, very, very special guest with us today. >> mm-hmm. >> we love him. our donny osmond is here. >> oh, he is here. >> on the same day that lou manfredini. >> i will be right there. >> all right! >> we can't wait. i knew was right there. >> i've got a chance to know her a little bit over the years, and she is his wife of 36 years,
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debbie, can you believe it? he looks like he's still 30. >> 36 years. 36 years today. >> yes. >> 36 years today. thank you for spending your anniversary with us. >> can i give away the news too? what you just found out? >> no, we're going to tell you. >> all right. then i'm not going to. so be like that. >> but we are going to give away a lot of news. there's so much news on kim and kanye's wedding. you cannot believe how important the info is. >> remember when it was you, donny. remember when it was you on every cover? >> oh, yes. i do remember that. >> "ok!" has a picture of kim. they're calling it kim's dream wedding. >> but that was the last one. that right there. >> that is her old dress. my favorite is "in touch." look at this. wedding from hell, which is so good. she's trying to squeeze into her wedding dress. >> i don't think that's her rear end. >> maybe it's an artist's rendering. here are my favorite things. kris drunk all day. kanye throws a fit and walks out.
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bruce's new look humiliates kim. and khloe's man crashed the wedding. there's no wedding yet. so good. oh, my god. see, i would buy this one. this is the one i would pick up. i would buy that one. >> well, she went to twitter yesterday, clearing up many of the rumors. >> give me this magazine. >> about her impending wedding to kanye. this is what she said. >> she said reports of her wedding ceremony this weekend were false, that they are not married yet, and photos released of her wedding dress are also false. >> they're not going to be filming the wedding for tv. they're going to film everything leading up to it and everything after. >> and they will only release photos of the ceremony. they will not release videotape. >> and it's not going to be 1,600 people. the guest list. that's incorrect. >> but we didn't hear anything about the prenup. because that's -- i heard a lot of that brewing. >> well, they should both get a prenup. they both have a lot of money. >> right. that's what i was going to say. all right. the only one who so far seems to have it right is "us," doesn't it? it just says "countdown to crazy
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wedding." it's not there yet. >> there was some sort of a report that they were in l.a. and getting a marriage license. >> yes. >> i think you need to get a marriage license where you're getting married, don't you? supposedly getting married in france. i'm not privy to all of it this time around. but kris did call me the other day. we did talk. i guess congratulations are in order. she got married -- she goes she lives at my house, i think i'd know if she's married. she's not married. >> we have it on good authority. a lot of people are asking when kim and kanye are on the cover of "vogue," people wondered how well that magazine would sell. there was early speculation it was a blockbuster, sold half a million copies. according to "the new york post" it didn't sell all that well, half of that, 250,000 copies. but compared to beyonce's, it wasn't a lot. >> she's leading cover lady so far with 355,000 and then mrs. obama with 269,000. >> and "vogue" told nbc that -- well, they did call us back.
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they didn't call us. they called somebody. anyway, they said they don't comment on sales figures. >> you know what we're going to comment on? because we haven't seen it yet. there's a picture of this. neil patrick harris on the cover now of "rolling stone". >> oh, my god! >> nice work if you can get it. >> wow. anyway. everyone's always naked on "rolling stone." julia louis-dreyfus was naked last time. >> they're not naked, though. naked means you're naked. they're covered up. he's wearing only a bow tie as you can see. >> yeah. >> talks about coming out and says he believes that -- >> we don't have that one. >> you don't have that one. okay. >> he says coming out helped his career rather than hurt it. he has a huge straight guy following because he played that barney guy all those years on "how i met your mother." he's a terrific actor. he can play anything. >> by the way, it's so funny. because if someone else would have done that exact cover with a top hat covering that strategic part, a lot of people would have been like oh, my god, what are they doing?
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because it's neil patrick harris it's like the cutest thing ever. i'm sorry. there's something about him that he can do no wrong. >> i agree. there are certain people who just get away with it. he's just lovable. >> yes. and he is among them. so oprah winfrey, by the way, you know, she's got her own network and all that stuff. own. and you wonder how did someone start out? what were they like in the beginning before they were oprah? she had an audition tape that was somehow released on youtube. it was released on own's youtube channel. so they did release it. it's an audition trying out for a chicago morning show back in 1983. check it out. >> my name is oprah winfrey. oprah spelled oprah, and if you notice it's harpo spelled backwards. my folks did not particularly like harpo marx. we did not even have a television set in our home for a number of years. originally i was named from the bible by aunt ida, who named me for ruth, the first chapter of the 14th verse, but no one knew
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how to spell in my home, so that's why i ended up being oprah. >> her voice is different, right? >> yeah. >> it's very interesting to hear. >> even her delivery. i wonder how old she was then? >> 1983, they said. i remember pretty well. because i started working with reege in 1985. >> uh-huh. >> so she -- oprah was doing her chicago show. and one day -- regis and i were local at the time in new york, and it was an hour and a half show we did every morning, monday through friday. they came to us and said listen, you guys mind giving up half of your -- one third of your show, half an hour of it because there's this new woman in chicago that's just got this -- >> named oprah -- >> and we said yeah. >> you made room for oprah. >> no. they were going to take it from us anyway. it was nice of them to ask. but anyway. about a year later we were syndicated. >> that's very cool, though. >> a little history there. i think before that even she was in baltimore. >> she was in baltimore. >> my mother remembers. >> there was a great story about
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how she wanted to relax her hair, do something, and it all fell out. >> that's not a great story. >> no. it's a scary story. but it happens. back then when relaxers -- >> has yours ever -- >> fallen out, no. but i have put some heavy-duty chemicals up in there. and i would risk it. i would risk the consequences. all right. so your boyfriend is in the news. >> no, he's -- >> your boyfriend in your head. hugh jackman. >> i just love him. i do. >> anyway, he decided to try something different to promote his "x-men: days of the future past." so he decided to interview his younger self. >> right. >> you'll get it when you watch. take a look. >> it's going to sound narcissistic to even ask this, but who's the biggest star in the year 2014? >> well, hugh, i know you're going to find this hard to believe. really hard to believe. you are by far and away the biggest star ever, ever, to actually be in motion pictures. >> oh, really? so i become like huge jackman? >> man, hugh, you're awesome.
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i don't know if that's egotistical to say that. but thank you. keep up the good work. and keep moisturizing. whatever it is you're doing. >> and that's why i love the man. he can so make fun of himself. >> he's so terrific. >> he is adorable. so his interview with yahoo uk he decided -- we just said that. >> so there is something cute. there is a couple who wanted to get married. and they had met on the set of a music video. they both shared music in common. and they were trying to think up their vows, what kind of vows should they write? they decided they were both stuck. so they collaborated together and decided to write a song. >> michael and carissa alvarado. >> yeah. so let's take a look at their wedding. ♪ i will stay by you ♪ ♪ i won't let you go
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♪ no one could take your place >> wait. it's donny and marie. oh, my gosh. >> here's the good news, too. >> they're adorable. >> they scored a record deal. with republic records. >> and they are going to set up on a 28-city tour of the u.s. this summer. good for them. >> that was awesome. >> they're adorable. >> speaking of great music, i got one. i got a hot donny osmond song. >> there is a -- i just listened to a donny and marie song, but this is the one i chose today. because we'll talk to donny. this one is by pharrell. and miley together. and it is called not "come get it babe." ♪ come get it bay ♪ everything right ♪ come get it bae hey ♪ come get it bae hey
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he ♪ come get it bae hey ♪ come get it bae hey >> here it comes. ♪ motorcycle you've got to like it ♪ ♪ i've got to ride pop a wheelie ♪ >> here it comes. ♪ 'cause girl i like you you know it's going to be a hit, right? >> i'm waiting for something to rhyme with clutch. i have a feeling i'm going to be waiting a long -- >> you've got a point. >> who is that? >> pharrell. >> pharrell and miley cyrus. >> i love it. that's a smash. pharrell, i love it anyway. ♪ your motorcycle >> really? >> come on. come on. ♪ you got to lose >> come on. ♪ 'cause girl i like you
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♪ >> go stay in your corner. >> all righty. coming up, is your dog talented? >> you sent those crazy pet trick videos, and we're going to show you them. >> yes, we are. plus it's a special day for the incredible donny osmond. >> i used to like him. >> all about him. he's got great musical taste. >> all righty then. >> yes. >> wow. one trip this year, and his high school reunion is coming up in seattle. everyone's going. then we heard about hotwire... and realized we could actually afford to take both trips. [woman] see, when really nice hotels have unsold rooms, they use hotwire to fill them. so we got our 4-star hotels for half price. i should have been voted "most likely to travel." ♪ h-o-t-w-i-r-e ♪ save big on car rentals too, from $11.95 a day. jim's hair is perfect. so's his serve, and his mandarin [speaking mandarin] xieúxieú, hou chiú but like up to 90% of americans, jim falls short in
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♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] great rates for great rides. geico motorcycle, see how much you could save. i love that song. >> we can't help it. >> stop, stop, stop. >> donny osmond has taken the spotlight. ♪ i'm gonna get it baby ♪ come sxon get it baby >> he's been in the spotlight since he was 5 years old, performing alongside his famous siblings. later becoming a teen idol to millions of fans all around the world. >> but it is the on-stage chemistry donny has with his sister marie that's kept fans wanting more for the past 50 years. >> this month -- amazing.
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>> the two will celebrate their 1,000th show together in vegas, which by the way has been voted the best show in town for the last three years. >> it's really pretty darn remarkable. weren't you supposed to stay there for six days first? >> six weeks was our initial contract at the flamingo. that was back in 2008. and here we are in our sixth year. and i was talking to my manager a couple days ago, and we were trying to figure out what are we going to do for the 1,000th show? he said let's plan the 2,000th show. >> really? >> oh, yeah. >> so it's working out for you guys. i know it was hard for marie for a while because she was doing the talk show in l.a. and going back and forth and basically sleeping on a couch. >> yeah. and also i won "dancing with the stars" while doing that at the same time. >> of course you did. back and forth. >> you rub that in our face. >> we know she didn't win. she did well. you broke a rib, you broke something else. >> well, my neck. it was -- >> that was before. >> that was before, but i had all this tough. but i still won. still got it. still got, it baby. >> what is it about your show that you think resonates even now?
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because you guys have been around forever. >> hoda, i've been asked that question. i don't know. i'd like to think it was talent. >> we all know that hugh jackman got all of that. >> that's true. that's true. what does he know? but we just leave it all on stage. we work really, really hard. and the show changes and evolves all the time. people think, is that stale dialogue-s that written for you? the dialogue changes, i'll throw marie a zinger and she'll throw me one. sometimes it works. sometimes it -- but that's comedy. >> you've got to be fearless. >> you've got to be fearless and you've got to go for it. that's why people keep coming back and seeing the show. we're so fortunate, especially in the entertainment capital of the world, to have the best show. >> and talking to each other, still liking one another. >> let's don't go that far. >> you guys have reinvented yourselves. a lot of people who stayed exactly in their lane, their whole life, wouldn't attract the new viewers that you guys have with new music and stuff. >> hoda, it's important. you can't rest on your laurels. as a matter of fact, i'm working on my 60th album right now.
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>> when i read that this morning i thought how is that possible? >> i took songs that affected me and influenced me over the 50 years. >> like what? >> like michael jackson's "ben." that was written for me. >> that was written for you? >> it was my song. actually, "one bad apple" was written for the jacksons and we kind of switched. i was out touring and they had to finish the movie. they said let's get michael to sing it. it was his first number one solo record. so i was part of it in my way. >> a little bitter. >> no. no. but that, peter gabriel song, elton john song. but every song has a story, not just me singing a great song but there's a story why -- paul mccartney. ♪ the long and winding road ♪ that >> but see, that was music. >> great music. ♪ come on and get it baby >> that was my own fault. i should not set you up for that. >> people have questions for you. at this point in his life is donny a little more country or a little more rock 'n' roll? >> rock 'n' roll, baby. >> next question.
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do you still wear purple socks every now and then? every now and then. >> perfect case of ocd. next question. >> what annoys you the most about marie? >> this show isn't long enough. you know what? we have a competition going about twitter, who can get the most twitter followers. >> how many do you have? >> follow me on twitter. @donnyosmond. i have a couple hundred thousand or something like that. but i need to get some more. so follow me @donnyosmond. >> how many does marie have? >> two. >> we're going to bring debbie out for a second. debbie, come join us. >> it is their anniversary. >> come on, sweetheart, please. everybody wants to see donny's beautiful wife. >> you sit down here. >> see? 36 years. >> 36 years. >> you know what's really interesting? she's not just my wife now, she's my business partner. we just started a company called donny osmond home, home furnishing. >> good for you. >> and we had no idea it was going to take off. it just went from zero to 60 overnight.
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you're the only person who has done an interview with us in our home. we made a promise with each other that nobody would do an interview in our home. >> such a bad experience, you said never again. >> no, you offered that $20. i needed the 20 bucks. >> it sounds so funny when i did it, at our house, over our fireplace is a picture of me, a painting, holding cody. right? over their fireplace is jesus and a lamb. there's the difference right there. >> congratulations on 36 years. >> are you going to go to broadway or go to dinner? >> i don't know. what are we doing? >> i don't know what we're doing. do you have a suggestion? >> go see "a gentleman's guide to love and murder." it is hysterically funny. there's lots gf stuff but that one. >> that's a good recommendation. >> when the new album comes out come see us. >> i'm going to come back. absolutely. >> put some good music on there. ♪ we're gonna get it baby ♪ get it baby
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♪ time for webtastic where we dig up the next video you'll want to share with all of your friends. >> this one is by two college students at point loma nazarene university in san diego. they did a parody of the song, "do you want to build a snowman" from the movie "frozen" for a school contest. >> olivia mowry created this with her friend. janae, who wrote and sang the
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lyrics. take a listen. ♪ i need some caffeine in my veins ♪ ♪ i'm pretty sure that i'm about to go insane ♪ ♪ what does this mean ♪ it gets a little lonely ♪ all this studying ♪ ♪ do you want to go to starbucks ♪ ♪ it doesn't have to be a starbucks ♪ >> i don't really like coffee. ♪ okay bye >> cute. they won the school's contest and within a couple of weeks this video went viral. good for them. she's got a good musical theater voice. >> how about this? olivia hadn't even seen "frozen" before she made this minifilm but janae was a huge fan and she composed the parody. >> olivia wants to be a director and janae wants to be a performer. >> how awesome? >> all the best to both of them. >> don't go anywhere, we're asking lou, plus "ambush makeovers." >> lou after your local news.
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we're back with more of "today" on this thirsty thursday, which means it is time for "ambush makeovers." >> two lucky ladies found shelter from the rain in the hands of our crack makeover team. "today" contributor and stylist to the stars -- ♪ louis licari ♪ la, la, la, la, la >> and "today" contributor and contributing editor for "people style watch" and author jill martin. >> a little damp out there. >> a few sprinkles. at this point, what the hey. >> we have a mother's day theme today. >> oh, good. we like themes. we're into themes. okay. our first lucky lady is cindy raymond. she's 40 years old from stony plain, alberta, canada. cindy's a substitute teacher with three young kids of her own, liam, matthew, and lucas. she has never colored her hair and she doesn't wear makeup. this is cindy's first trip away from home ever. and she couldn't be more excited to see the reactions of her husband and kids when she gets back. let's take a listen to her story. >> well, it's pouring, so everyone needs a makeover. but this is very special.
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bffs for 25 years. i love this little picture. so why do you want this for cindy? >> this is our -- well, this is cindy's first trip away from home. it's been 12 years. she's got three kids, and she rarely does anything for herself. it will be a great treat for her. >> and a nice gift for mother's day. what do you think? >> i'm overwhelmed. but i'm excited. thank you. >> how exciting. cindy is here with her best friend kelly. >> hi, kelly. please keep your blindfold on kel, for just a minute. here is cindy's before picture. all right. cindy, let's see the new you. >> whoa. >> nice. >> wow. are you ready? >> take off your blindfold, kelly. >> oh, my gosh. >> are you ready? >> yes. >> spin right around with your vogue new haircut. you can put your glasses on. so you can see.
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you look hot. >> yeah. >> spin right around. look at camera 12. >> fabulous. >> tell us about the hair, louis. >> yes, indeed, it is you. a fairy tale come true. this is a great haircut by arsene, again, keeping her hair -- giving it some length but a great body. i just softly highlighted her hair. she lives in a place where she can't color her hair that often, this way she can maintain it about every three or four months. the highlights are warm, not ashy. so it looks young. >> what do you think, kelly? >> oh, gorgeous. >> jill, that's the perfect dress. i'm sorry. perfect. >> darling. >> she picked it out because her son's favorite color is yellow. so this is so sweet. maggie london. we added actually a thicker belt because look at this little waist. >> you look really great. >> congratulations. >> you can join your friend. >> all right. our second lady is lisa
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rockwell. she's 53 from new orleans. >> new orleans? >> mother of seven kids. ages 14 through 28. she says having kids has kept her too busy to really pamper herself. she still rocks a scrunchy almost daily. nothing wrong with that, baby. she's thrilled for a glamorous new look, no scrunchy included. let's listen to her story. >> well, lisa, we shocked you when you were raising the roof, though, when we picked you. so you seem excited. >> i am excited. i just can't believe this is happening. it's just a thrill. and a thrill to be here, and we're celebrating my friending 50th birthday. and my seven kids are back at home. and my husband too. so i'm just really, really excited. >> seven kids. so you deserve this. >> well, i'm excited. i'm excited. >> you deserve it. >> thank you very much. >> all righty. she's here with her dearest friends, april, ann, and margie. that's so nice. now let's take a look at her before. there's lisa before. let's bring out the new lisa rockwell.
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keep your blindfolds on, ladies. >> whoa. >> oh, my god. >> all righty. >> all right, take it off. >> oh, my gosh. >> aren't you beautiful. >> turn around, honey. you can look. >> you look beautiful. >> you look so -- >> i love it when everybody's happy. >> oh. >> we didn't do anything. louis, tell us what you did to her hair. >> what i did is i corrected a very common mistake. i softened her hair color. she was covering a few grays and it progressively went darker and darker. this is much more appropate for her coloring. arsene of course gave her this haircut which gave her the volume and of course it's all
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completed with the makeup by enid oh. >> ladies, please, please get it together. >> new orleans girls everywhere. tell us about the dress. >> she looks totally different. this is cynthia. and i want to thank soma intimates. she totally smoothed you out. >> i love it. >> come back out, cindy. >> thank you. >> jill, as usual, thanks to you guys. >> you have a few pesky problems with your house. lou manfredini. >> and we'll celebrate national pet week with some funny dog videos you sent us. you're going to like them. but first, these messages. vo: david's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. cold wind, and pollution can make all skin sensitive.
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all right, time to fix all the problems around the house when we ask lou. >> "today" contributor and host of the syndicated show "house smarts" lou manfredini is here to answer some of the repair questions you have about your home that you sent into us. >> first question, lou, hi, comes from terry. my older hot water heater is making a loud gurgle and popping noises when i use hot water. is this dangerous? could the bottom fall out? how often should i replace the water heater? >> with water heaters, what is important to know, when it starts to make those sounds, depending on the arnlgs it's probably a good idea to consider replacing it because the average life of a water heater in the u.s. is about ten years. the way you can know is there is a little guide here, a little stamp, that has the serial number. most of them have a manufacturer's date, this particular one is 2006. then you see that serial number that is to the left, that long geln 06. many don't have the manufacture date, but the last two numbers are the year it was built. this is '06.
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so if it's snap, crackle and popping, better to get it fixed while it doesn't leak because then all of a sudden it's tuesday morning and you have no hot water and you have to 13esp twice as much money to have a plumber come out and do it. >> are they under warranty? >> most manufacturers have a warranty of about five years or so. but remember, it is a manufacturer's warranty on the product, so they'll say, well, hoda, you've had this thing for ten years, you spent $1,000, we're going to pro rate that over ten years, here's your 100 bucks. you've still got to go get it replaced. >> still 100 bucks. >> susan asks this question. i want to paint -- spray paint my patio furniture. my husband insists we have to use a brush. is there a spray product i can convince him to use? >> looks like there is. >> i can't spray this on the air because we're in a closed-in area and we have all these hot lights. i really like this product by rustoleum, a universal hammered finish. if you look closely at this light switch, we applied this. there's actually glass beads in the paint.
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and when you spray it, what you want to do if it's metal, you want to take a sanding sponge like this, do a little prep work to prepare it. so if there's any rust or anything like that, you're going to go ahead and get it as smooth and as clean as possible. the beauty part about this is now with spray paints you can spray any ankle. so it used to be you have to hold it just like this to spray it. now if i'm going to spray like this -- because a chair would be difficult. so this universal spray, and now they have these triggers on there, much easier to use. remember, when you're spraying you go left to right or top to bottom. you pull, spray, release. pull, spray, release. so you don't get drips. and you do light coats. and this stuff looks great, comes in a bunch of different colors and finishes and it really holds up well. >> rustoleum is fabulous. >> good people. >> last one, nancy asks this. i have six closet doors and room doors that need to be repainted. what do i have to do to prep the door and what do i have to do to prep the trim around the door and what kind of paint should i use? >> 90% of a good paint job is preparation. the paint part is easy.
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with the six panel doors, what you want to spend a lot of time on is the detail in the trim work that surrounds it. these sanding sponges. i just did this a little bit, this is a preprimed door. you want to get all of the debris and the gook that gets in those corners and get this as smooth as possible. we don't have to go crazy here. then if you prime it with a product like this bin primer, this, you're going to take -- you're going to work the areas first. this is a very watery primer when it goes on. so you have to be careful about how you put it on. it will drip. and you've got to pay attention that it doesn't gather there and leave you big drips. when that dries, once that dries, then you hit it one more time with sandpaper to knock it down and get it smooth. and then a paint and primer in one like this valspar product. it's a really heavy-bodied paint. you'll do the same thing around those corners. look how nice it brightens up like that. and you're going to work those areas around. do the squares first.
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then finish the strokes evenly all the way around. the same goes with your trim. two coats of a paint and primer. it's going to look fantastic. >> thank you, lou. >> only lou has all that information. >> he certainly does. >> if you have questions for lou, go to, click that connect button and maybe he'll answer them next week. >> maybe not too. >> maybe not too. >> a mom with a big family and even bigger heart. >> we're celebrating mothers who inspire us every day. coming up right after this. septic system breakdowns
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with mother's day this sunday, we've been sharing stories all week of some really inspiring moms and the amazing things they do all the time. >> katie troop is the mother of six adopted children. four of whom suffer from a very rare skin disorder called, i hope i get this right, epidermolysis -- or eb. sorry about that. you'll meet her in a moment. first, here is a look at katie's story. >> my name is katie troop and
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i'm a mother of six beautiful children. my husband rob and i both come from large families and we also wanted a large family. after six years of marriage, with no luck conceiving, we decided to create our family through adoption. we found an agency and set up a consultation, but two weeks later a friend connected us to another agency we hadn't even applied to. they had a babyith epidermolysis bullosa, or eb. a very rare disorder that causes the skin to be extremely fragile and blister after even the mildest trauma. we immediately went to see him. i took one look at him and i knew he was mine. we watched his dressings get changed, and it was horrifying to see. but the voice in the back of my head kept saying it's okay, you can do this. this baby was our zach. and after 11 years, thousands of dressing changes, dozens of surgeries, and countless sleepless nights, it is absolutely okay. the first few years of zach's life were very rough. but just before he went to kindergarten, we decided being an only child was not a good thing for zach. and our family did not seem complete.
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so we were blessed with the adoption of our sweet elizabeth and a few years later charlie. but i still felt like i was missing someone. a friend in the eb community knew of two sisters, and even though at the time i just wasn't capable of taking two i knew i had to try to bring jade and elie home. just last week, we adopted their younger brother who also has eb. life is crazy. but there's nothing better than a house full of kids that are happy and joyful. >> oh, my gosh. wow. >> hello. >> katie troop is with us with another great mom, jamie silver. jamie's son also has eb. jackson, he's over there, cute as can be. >> jamie and her husband alex started the jackson gabriel silver foundation. they've raised more than $2.5 million toward e.b. research. hi, ladies. >> welcome. happy mother's day. >> thank you. >> wow. by the way, this is incredible. i mean, when you adopted originally, that was interesting and so fulfilling. and then to adopt other kids with e.b. why did you decide to do that? >> you know, with zach it was
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just this miracle that we found him and he found us. we knew we wanted to have more children eventually. and just god's hands came together and found these beautiful children for us. >> tell us -- it is rare. but is it forever? this condition. is it curable? >> so e.b. is a genetic skin condition. and so you're born with it. you'll have it for the rest of your life. >> is it manageable, though? >> well, there is -- there's wound care that we do for our children every day. they're in a lot of pain. and for us, i think, one of the hardest parts is that in order to care for our children we need -- we need to inflict some more pain on them. they go through, as katie said, painful bath and bandage changes every day. so currently that is the way we care for our children. but we're working really hard, the jackson gabriel silver foundation, to advance treatments and cures. >> is it strangely easier with more kids who have it because you're used to it and you know
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how to do it? >> well, we're an e.b. family. and e.b. affects every aspect of our lives, and it means that there's just a lot of things we can't do. and then there's a lot of things that we can do. so since there are already so many things we can't do, we might as well just bring everybody else in to do that too. >> you know, you want every child to have a childhood. and so much of childhood is running around and being active. and how do you teach your child to be comfortable in their own skin when they know they're going to get hurt if they fall and -- >> i don't feel like you have to teach them to be kids. they know and they want to do it. our job is to just run defense and be there to pick them back up. >> oh, my gosh. well, jamie and katie, we know you guys have been obviously terrific moms with kids with e.b., and it can be a huge challenge. so we decided we want to pamper you guys a little. spafinder wellness 365 is giving you guys some gift certificates where you can use at 20,000 locations. you get spa treatments, travel, yoga and more. and we couldn't forget about the kids.
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we heard jackson is really into legos. >> where's jackson? hi. >> some of the hottest models for him and katie. and the company store is giving all of your kids their softest bedding plus some adorable bath towels for your little ones and a super cool bean bag chair for your oldest kids. and it's all being shipped to your house. >> thank you for everything you're doing to make everyone aware. >> thank you for having us. >> have a wonderful mother's day. >> happy mother's day. >> nice to meet you, jackson. >> all right. okay. >> to learn more about e.b. and the jackson gabriel silver foundation, head to >> we'll be right back with more of "today" on nbc.
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it is national pet week and to celebrate we asked you to send us fun videos of your pets doing cool tricks. >> and you did. so we put a bunch of them together for you all to enjoy. take a look. >> and sit. >> oh, my gosh.
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>> speak, speak. >> hop up. >> oh. >> roll. >> oh! >> roll. >> oh. >> oh, my god. >> yay. >> oh, wow. >> i love this. the cat opens the door. >> oh, my gosh. ♪ >> send us more. just send us more. >> thanks, everybody. tomorrow from the sitcom "alice," linda lavin in a terrific new movie. >> and how to deal with the annoying neighbors in a nice way. >> and tips for getting enough sleep with all the daylight we've got. >> have an awesome thirsty thursday. >> bye, everybody. have a good one.
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