Everyone Knows J. Lo


Josh and I were catching up on episodes of Lip Sync Battle (again, if you’re not watching, you should be!) last weekend and Josh decided to show off his pop culture knowledge by naming everyone on stage. I tried to grab a quick photo of what we were watching and who was on stage:

20150425_112915From left to right, Josh pointed at the screen and named each celebrity as follows:

Josh: “Okay, that’s Tia Tequila…”

Me: “It’s TiLA Tequila and that’s definitely not her. That’s Chrissy Teigen. She’s married to John Legend? I told you that when he was on this same show last week.”

Josh: “Then the girl from The Devil Wears Prada.”

Me: “Nope. Again. That was the girl on this show from a few weeks ago, Anne Hathaway. This is Anna Kendrick. From Pitch Perfect?”

Josh: “Then Jennifer Lopez, everyone knows J. Lo – Enough, Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner. She’s awesome.”

Josh: : “L.L. – N.C.I.S. – L.A.”

Josh: “The Office and Chuck.”

Me: “Again, still not Chuck. His actual name is John Krasinski. Chuck Bartowski was a character in a show and played by Zachary Levi.”

The reason I kept saying “again” is because I promise you I have answered these exact “who is that?” questions in the past.

Now, I’m aware some of you may not know who some of these people are either, because I’m not in your living room to repeat myself every single day. So, to review:

Teigen and Tila

These are not the same people.

These are also not the same people.

These are also not the same people.

And these are not the same people.

Also not the same people.

I purposely tried to choose photos in which both celebrities looked alike – enough to see Josh’s confusion. The sticking point in his pop culture fail is the number of times I answer him on who is who. It is at the point where I can’t watch Game of Thrones with him anymore because he doesn’t remember any of the characters, faces, plot lines…It makes for a frustrating hour of television.

In conclusion, later that same day we went and saw a movie.

In which, John Mayer has a cameo:

Josh leans over and whispers: “He’s married to Tia Tequila.”

They could be twins.

They could be twins.

But the good news is I never have to help him identify a J. Lo film!

What celebrities do you always mix up? Should I do an entire post comprised of the numerous celebrities Josh always misidentifies?

Friday Five – April 24, 2015

Friday Five


1. Starburst Jellybeans FaveReds

You guys. You can buy a bag of Starburst Jellybeans that are only the red flavors – watermelon, cherry and strawberry. Best invention ever. Just wanted to report on my excitement.

Starburst Jellybeans


2. Cats Playing Patty Cake

Crazy cat lady alert! This is worth a watch just for the funny voice overs.

3. 90s Disney with 90s R&B

The perfect mash up – Disney songs and 90s R&B songs. Well done.

4. Pandora’s New Commercial

Ohmygoodness did Pandora get this one right! They blindfolded six kids and told them to find their Moms. It’s adorable.

5. Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s broke up with me last night. I had thought this season was too sad and I was getting a little bit exasperated because it felt like the writers needed some more sunshine in their life – so I was contemplating a break up myself. But they beat me to it. Nothing left for me to see there and I predict many viewers will agree. I don’t want to watch the aftermath of this because I find nothing enjoyable about watching that level of grief and sadness. You can make good television without it. And I am purposely not posting what happened, in case you have taken a vow of social media/television/radio/internet silence and haven’t heard what happened…though I am impressed if you watch the show and haven’t heard/seen/read about it!


How was your week? Are you still recovering from Grey’s? 

Friday Five – April 17, 2015

Friday Five

1. Dane Michael Stamper

Our Godson was born on Tuesday and we are SO excited. Greg and Brandy are going to be wonderful parents and we can’t wait to watch their bundle of joy grow up. I’m not going to lie – it’s my first time being a Godmother and I don’t think there’s enough fairy dust in the world to stop me from spoiling that little boy a ridiculous amount.

2. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth won the Masters last weekend at 21 years old and broke quite a few Masters records along his way. And it was a wonderful sight to behold. Watching someone achieve their lifelong dream is what sports is really all about. If you don’t understand sports or why they can be important, here’s my advice: Watch someone reach the pinnacle of their sport after years of hard work. Envision the early mornings and hard workouts and Pop Warner games. And the blood and the sweat and the tears. And it all leads up to this one moment. Where their parents are crying, their high school coach is there, their siblings are bursting with pride. Heroes are born and somewhere an aspiring athlete is learning that hard work, works. It’s a beautiful thing.


3. Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day was April 14th. The day symbolizes how far into the new year the average woman would have to work in order to equal the pay of what the average man earned in the year prior. Women make about 78 cents to a man’s dollar when doing the same job with the same abilities, results and experience. That’s infuriating. And this problem follows women their entire lives – Women are almost twice as likely as men to retire in poverty. Change is necessary and it starts with us. We must change the “women are inferior” mindset on a ground level and it starts with women respecting themselves and their own capabilities. Which brings me to number 4 of my Friday Five 🙂

equal pay

4. Like a Girl

That ground level I spoke of? The Always company attempted to start there and explain the “like a girl” concept in a commercial last year in which they asked both teenage girls and young girls to “throw like a girl” or “run like a girl.” Young girls? Ran fast and threw with all their might. They didn’t perceive an insult because they have yet to realize the accepted notion that women are the weaker gender. Teenage girls pranced and threw funny. Our strength begins inside ourselves, and raising young women to continue to believe they are equals. Watch the full commercial below and let’s start making the phrase “like a girl” mean something amazing. Fun Cailyn Fact: I got in my first and only physical fight over this phrase. I was 8 and at recess. 

5. An Epic Sunday Run

The folks over at SoulPancake decided to observe April Fool’s Day by celebrating runners in the park with a fun surprise…and the result was amazing. If anyone wants to come cheer me on during my training run this weekend, please feel free to bring some water cups and “Go Cailyn” posters!

 How was your week? Which of my Five was your favorite?

In Someone Else’s Shoes

I’ll just start with this: I am not Gwyneth Paltrow’s biggest fan – Don’t love her, don’t hate her, don’t read her blog. But she was recently challenged by Mario Batali to participate in the Food Bank New York Challenge to walk a week in someone else’s shoes and only eat $29 worth of groceries in a week, an estimate of what people on food stamps (now it’s called SNAP) live on in a week. Below is her photo of what she bought:

29 paltrow

The photo now has hundreds of comments and thousands of shares. Many of which are negative. And, surprise, surprise, I have a few things to say about it:

1. A Poor Vacation

Articles have been written about her taking a “poor vacation” and slamming her for insulting the poor by choosing to live on a $29 grocery budget for just a week when poor people don’t have a choice. Why can’t we praise her (or ANYONE participating in this challenge) for attempting to bring awareness to a pressing worldwide issue? She literally can’t win – if she ignored the Challenge, she’s a terrible person who doesn’t care. She does the Challenge, and now she’s insulting the poor by making the choice. Maybe her week of $29 living will make her a better person. And is she not using her celebrity status for good by making a donation and encouraging others to do so? We tell children all the time to “put themselves in someone else’s shoes” and yet when someone chooses to, it’s an insult because it’s a “poverty vacation.” So instead she should forego this experience and pretend hunger doesn’t exist because it doesn’t exist to her?


2. Only $29

Are there people that get more than $29 in SNAP assistance a week? Of course there is. Are there people that only get $29 or less a week? Of course there is. It’s determined by state and the margins are wide in this area. I fail to see the problem in her attempting to replicate the weekly food budget on the lower end of the spectrum. It exists. *It should also be noted Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t choose that figure – the Food Bank New York City Challenge did because Congress has cut food stamp budgets twice since 2013 and food pantry and soup kitchen traffic immediately increased.

3. Food Choices

The comments advise her to “buy Ramen noodles” and “don’t buy so many limes.” Who cares if she bought food that is fresh or nutritious? That’s how she actually eats and we fault her for not buying additive-laden snack foods because that’s not realistic to how a poor person might spend their money? The point being most cheap food is junk food. The irony should not be lost on us that there is BOTH a hunger problem AND an obesity problem in America. I have no idea why she likes kale. I have no idea why she needs seven limes. Maybe her child won’t drink water without lime in it and she wants him to stay hydrated. Who. Cares. The bottom line: She went grocery shopping and only spent $29. She bought things she likes and eats. Of course Ramen Noodles are cheaper. So now we’re mad that a person that has never had to eat like a poor person doesn’t know how to eat like a poor person?

4. Get a job!

The overwhelming sentiment in the comments section of this photo is that most people on welfare or food assistance are lazy or taking advantage of the system so this Challenge is worthless. The people milking the system? They’re outliers. You hear about them because the story is there. The media isn’t going to report on the 97.33% (that’s a real number – fraud was only found in 2.67% of welfare recipients in a three year study of numbers, on average) of welfare recipients who are just trying to get by and feed their children. You’re not going to see a meme or read an inflammatory forward about a mom that works two jobs and needs the extra assistance to put food on the table for her three children. And this thought, that welfare recipients are living it up on lobster and champagne is pervasive (and yet, no proof) and results in a punishment of those in need. In general, I am all for welfare reform to continue to tweak the system so those who abuse it can no longer do so. I am specifically bothered by unnecessarily making it harder for a child to be a child. For example, Kansas has drafted up a new bill prohibiting welfare recipients from using their EBT cards on movie theaters or swimming pools, as well as limiting them to $25 a day withdrawals. If this isn’t an example of rich people not understanding what it’s like to be poor, I don’t know what is. How should they pay for their child’s field trip if they already used the $25 from that day for the electric bill? And get hit with a mandatory $1 transaction fee every withdrawal, in addition to any additional ATM fees? A huge inconvenience and takes money out of their pockets. Why are they making it harder to be poor? It’s already hard. And children shouldn’t get to enjoy the rare luxury of swimming in a pool or seeing a movie? They’ve been punished enough – they’re POOR. And trust me, they know.


5. Something to Chew On

  • 805 million people on this planet combat hunger every single day.
  • In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households.
  • 2.6 million children die of hunger-related causes every year.

Facts: www.worldhunger.org and www.feedingamerica.org

Learn more about the Food Bank New York City Challenge. I’ll be making a donation to our local food pantry this week, and I challenge you all to do so as well.

mother teresa

Is walking in someone else’s shoes not an excellent tool for awareness? Is deepening your understanding of millions of your fellow humans’ plight ever a bad thing? Knowledge is power.

I, for one, applaud her reality check.*

What do you think about the Food Bank Challenge? How would you spend your $29?

fighting a battle


 *But I still wouldn’t buy 7 limes.

Friday Five – April 10, 2015

Friday Five

1. Nivea In Shower Body Lotion

A new product to love! I gave this a shot after seeing it was on sale and clipping a coupon, doubting it would work because I just didn’t understand the science of it – body lotion that you put on in the shower…but then wash off? How does that translate to moisturizing later? But, #becausecoupon and #becausesale I obviously bought some. And I have no idea how it works, or why it works, but it definitely works! It feels like you’ve already put lotion on  – and after I get out of the shower, I can feel the difference. Plus, it’s quicker than doing it outside of the shower, which I constantly forget to do anyways. It’s a brave new world.


2. Bingo!

I had the best time ever this week with my mother in law in West Virginia and learned a lot about the social dynamics of a Bingo crowd (I was practically begging Judi to go with me, as I find it both fascinating and super entertaining. She does not, but loves me and goes with me anyways). Want to make 58 people angry? Yell “BINGO”! And then do it again five Bingo cards later. I actually heard cursing in the Knights of Columbus cafeteria this week…and a LOT of people were glaring at me while I eyed their troll dolls and lucky rabbit’s feet. They don’t take kindly to outsiders. Just a little FYI.

All set up for Bingo! I forgot my troll dolls :(

All set up for Bingo! I forgot my troll dolls 🙁

3. Lip Synch Battle

I tweeted last week that this was the best new show on television, and this week’s episode didn’t let me down with Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt. But in case you missed the premiere, here’s Dwayne The Rock Johnson lip synching to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

4. ESPN Bracket Winner

A 12-year-old named Sam Holtz tied for the best March Madness bracket and was only allowed to receive a Best Buy $1,000 gift card (due to his age) and decided to buy himself an XBox One. And then promptly used the rest of the gift card to buy a second XBox One to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He had a cousin that once had a wish granted and he wanted to repay them for granting his cousin’s wish (his cousin survived his illness, by the way). In a world of stories about children’s ugly behavior or bullying, here’s a heartwarming story that renews my faith in the next generation.

kinder than necessary

5. Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Concluded

I was relieved to read this week that the Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on all 30 counts and sentencing would begin next week. His conviction won’t bring back the victims or heal the wounded, but my hope is that it provides some closure to those most effected by this terrible tragedy. And let his conviction and the justice that has been served be a reminder of how his terrible attack ultimately failed. Bystanders ran towards smoke and debris to carry, push, pull and haul survivors from the wreckage without knowing if they were still in danger. Marathoners that had just finished finished running 26.2 miles? Continued to run another two miles so they could donate blood at local hospitals. Terrorism is designed to strike fear in our hearts. And Boston did not kneel.

boston strong

Alright, ending on serious note for this Friday Five, but it can’t be helped.

Let me know in the comments if you’re watching Lip Synch Battle or heading to the store to pick up some Nivea In Shower Body Lotion this week!


Running Mix Tape


I love making mix tapes. I realize they’re not tapes anymore – but a burned CD featuring a compilation of songs chosen by me…well that will forever be called a mix tape in my mind. I still make them all the time, and often give them away so I thought I’d share a few here on the blog. And of course I’ll be starting with my very eclectic Running Mix, featuring songs about running and movement…or just say the word “run” or “move” a lot.

1. Going the Distance – Cake  

Sample Lyric:

Reluctantly crouched at the starting line
Engines pumping and thumping in time
The green light flashes, the flags go up
Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup

2. Ready to Run – Dixie Chicks

Sample Lyric:

Oh yeah
Ready, ready, ready, ready, ready to run
All I’m ready to do is have some fun
What’s all this talk about love

3. Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce

Sample Lyric:

It’s hot up in here
DJ don’t be scared to run this, run this back
I’m repping for the girls who taking over the world
Have me raise a glass for the college grads

4. Run Around – Blues Traveler

Sample Lyric:

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

5. Run This Town – Jay-Z

Sample Lyric:

Victory’s within the mile
Almost there, don’t give up now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who’s gonna run this town tonight

6. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine

Sample Lyric:

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

7. Run Rabbit Run – Eminem

Sample Lyric:

I found my niche, You gon’ hear my voice
‘Til you’re sick of it, you ain’t gonna have a choice
If I gotta scream ’til I have half a lung
If I have half a chance, I’ll grab it, Rabbit Run!

8. Move Along – All-American Rejects

Sample Lyric:

When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through

9. Bust a Move – Young MC

Sample Lyric:

She’s dressed in yellow, she says “Hello,
Come sit next to me you fine fellow.”
You run over there without a second to lose
And what comes next hey bust a move

10. Pon De Replay – Rihanna

Sample Lyric:

Run, run, run, run
Everybody move run
Lemme see you move and
Rock it til the grooves done

Alright, there’s my 10 best running-themed songs… guaranteed to constantly remind you to keep moving while you’re working out!

Did I miss your favorite running-themed song? Anything you would add? 

The Friday Five – April 3, 2015

Friday Five

Second week in a row, the Friday Five!

1. Spiralizer

I got a Spiralizer and I am super excited to use it. This nifty gadget does such amazing things as turn zucchini into long strands of “spaghetti” and turns potatoes into curly fries. I’ll update on here and let everyone know if Josh is fooled by zucchini noodles (Zoodles!).


Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

2. Friends Furever

This Android commercial has been around for a while, Liz texted me about it in February (Ooh De Lally is kind of our song)…but Josh has just recently discovered it and I can’t tell you how many times he rewound the DVR, or listened to the song. So I figured I’d share, in case you too are a few months behind 😉

3. Snacky Mouse

Nomar & Pesky got a Temptations Snacky Mouse for their birthday and they’d like everyone to know they are BIG fans and all their cat friends and cousins should get one immediately. You fill the mouse with treats and then the kitties bat it around until a treat comes out, which is relatively easy so the kitties give it two paws up!


4. Back in My Day

Seth Meyers does a skit called “Back in My Day” and he puts on a Mr. Rogers sweater and talks about things “in his day”…and since he’s only 40, his “day” was only ten years ago. It made me laugh, especially the part about Lost. Because you all know how I feel about Lost: The Lost Hours

Can’t get enough of Seth Meyers? Well don’t worry, I watch him and Fallon every morning while I eat my breakfast so I can pull out the funny parts for you every week. So here’s a special 4B: Seth does another skit called “Ya Burnt” where he makes fun of different topics…and this week featured Easter, April Fool’s Day, Tax Season and Duke. Check it out Here.

5. Mime Through Time

These three are a sketch trio (SketchSHE) and just released a new video of them lip synching with some huge hits, starting with the 1940s all the way to today. There’s a song and a matching costume for everyone in this one!

Alright, there’s five things from my week that I wanted to share with you!

Anything you want to share from your week? Have an amazing recipe for me to use with my spiralizer?