Friday Five – August 14, 2015

Friday Five

The return of the Friday Five and since it’s Back To School season, I’m dedicating this one to teachers! They never get enough gratitude and this blog won’t be enough, but it’s a start. Here’s some ideas and ways to thank your favorite teacher, as well as a few thank yous of my own!

1. School Supplies

You know that feeling you get when you start a new notebook? When you open to a brand new page and use your favorite pen? The feeling of calmness and serenity and the “I can do anything” attitude that comes with it? That’s the new school year. And I don’t know if any of you that aren’t parents have taken a look at what is included on a 3rd grader’s School Supply list these days, but it is extensive – I checked out a local school’s requirements and bought everything on the list and it was over $60! And I had coupons! Now obviously I don’t have a 3rd grader, so I hauled it all over and dropped it off with the bestie and donated it – Kristin will supplement any child in her classroom’s supplies who can’t afford to bring it all. My point is this – if you can, do the same. Every kid deserves that “new notebook” feeling and not everyone can afford it. And if the family can’t, the teachers do it. And that’s not right either. You can check out my favorite local and deserving school’s list here, but wherever you are, your town probably does backpack drives and welcomes donated supplies!

IMG_20150811_1717252. Respect

I wrote this one out three times and have deleted it because I don’t have a child who goes to school and it’s hard to speak on (make that, be heard on) something you have only observed. So I am just going to say this: Respect teachers. They have a hard job and they deserve your respect.

3. Life’s a school and you gotta show up!

“If history does repeat itself, then I’m going to name my pet dinosaur, Reginald.”

4. Volunteering

All year round, teachers need volunteers. Even if it’s just to do story time or organize, every moment you can help them, is a moment cherished by a teacher. And you would not believe the amount of time they spend working outside of the classroom. Kristin’s job ended hours after my 9-5 job did when we lived together. School hasn’t even started yet for your kids, but those teachers are already in their classrooms, organizing and prepping curriculum. It’s astounding the amount of work necessary just to get the classrooms ready, never mind the planning, training and grading that goes on after the bell rings during the school year. An additional, year-round way of giving if you can’t give your time? Check out Donors Choose. You can choose to fund a classroom library, field trips, art supplies… You can give any amount of money towards any area of education that makes you happy. Books make me happy, so I donate to class room libraries and book drives…or when one of my teacher friends has a request. Because helping my friends makes me happy too. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a lot. Every bit helps and Donors Choose often does matching drives.

5. Sandwich

The foundation of my education was built in Sandwich, Massachusetts. I’d like to thank a few of those teachers that started my own journey into reading and writing and an education I deeply value. Thank you Mrs. Linda Pearsall, (1st grade), both Mr. & Mrs. Schermerhorn (11th & 6th, respectively), Mr. Mike O’Brien (12th grade), and Mr. Kevin Brogioli (11th grade). Yep. They’ll probably never, ever read this. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write it – because every teacher should know they made an impact and I honestly couldn’t be more grateful for them. Not to mention, I own this place. #idowhatiwant



So, if you get a chance in the next few weeks…thank a teacher. Buy them a Starbucks, express your gratitude, acknowledge how hard they are working. And from me: Thank you, to every who is called to teaching. It is a noble pursuit and I am grateful to each and every one of you for making the world a better place. You are making a difference.

Are you ready for back to school? Do you still remember your first grade teacher? Share your favorite teacher with me in the comments! 


Friday Five – May 1, 2015

Friday Five

Happy May! Can you believe it’s already May? It’s my birthday month!

1. Oodles of Zoodles

I have been spiralizing up a storm since getting my Spiralizer last week and I’m happy to report they’re delicious! This tool is both super easy to use AND clean which means I think it’s the greatest thing ever. I am way less likely to use a kitchen gadget if it is hard to clean, I hate that. And I am happy to report that Josh enjoys zucchini noodles, though we’ve been easing them into the menu by combining them with a few cheese tortellini! Keep an eye out for an all Spiralizer themed List in the future!


Here’s the one I bought:
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

2. The White House Correspondent’s Dinner

President Obama gave his usual speech to kick off the dinner and he did not hold back! Honestly, watching the entire thing is worth it. It’s hilarious, self-deprecating and the satire is spot on. But it’s 21 minutes so I completely understand most people don’t have the patience for that length of a video so here’s a two minute highlight reel. Everyone’s got two minutes:

View the entire speech here. It really is worth your time.

3. NFL Draft Day should be a National Holiday

I love Draft Day! It means football is creeping closer and that’s always a good thing. Plus, I root for a team that manages to always do great things on draft day, which is nice. If you didn’t stay up for the last first round pick yesterday, the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots selected defensive tackle Malcolm Brown. Great pick.


4. Cat friends vs. Dog friends

This YouTube has been around a while, but in case you missed it…here’s a look at what it’s like to have a friend that acts like a dog versus a friend that acts like a cat!

5. Shut up and Dance!

I love a good dance movie. It all started with Save the Last Dance, which Megan and I saw at least three times in the theater in high school. But the love continued with Center Stage, Step Up and the cinematic classic You Got Served. Below is a mash up of scenes from different movies (not just “dance” movies) where the main characters dance. I guarantee it will make you smile!


Are you ready to jump on the Zoodle wagon and buy a Spiralizer?

More importantly, are you ready for some football?!

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?

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!


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?

The Friday Five

Friday Five

In the hopes I’ll keep myself to a schedule and post every week, I’ll be introducing a new segment called The Friday Five. I’m going to feature five different things from the week that caught my interest, made me laugh, or I want to share. I’ll feature blog posts, songs I like, YouTube clips – really anything that I want to share with you all from my week. Let’s get started!

1. James Corden premieres on The Late Late Show

James Corden was predictably nervous and a little bit odd during his first time hosting, but he did manage to snag a major guest in Tom Hanks and do a hilarious montage of Hanks’ films:

2. Bee at the Table

This new site is AMAZING. It teaches about Once a Month Cooking – a past time that I have never actually done, but really, really want to start doing. Bee has a ton of recipes and advice for meal planning and shopping lists. It even gives you instructions for how to freeze the meals, which is something I always struggle with…Click on over and check it out!

Bee at the Table

3. Boom Chicka Pop.

You had me at frosted sugar cookie, but sold me at 140 calories per serving (1 1/3 cups) for deliciously flavored kettle corn. They have other flavors, including sea salt and white cheddar and no this is not a paid blog post. It was just yummy.


4. Orphan Train

My friend Amanda read this book for her Book Club and insisted I read it immediately – and it didn’t disappoint! It’s a dual story, following a teenager (Molly) in the modern day foster care system who helps an elderly woman (Vivian) for community service. In doing so, we also read Vivian’s story of being an orphaned Irish immigrant in the 1920’s. The resilience and strength of both Molly and Vivian is well-written and heartfelt. (The book above links to the Kindle Edition, the words Orphan Train link to a paperback version)

5. Happy Birthday Nomar & Pesky!

Tomorrow our two fur babies are turning five so they must be featured in my first Friday Five! Thanks to these two little bundles of fur and love for being our best friends and making our days brighter for the past five years.

Nomar & Pesky, 8 weeks old

Nomar & Pesky, 8 weeks old

Nomar & Pesky - Five years old

Nomar & Pesky, 5 years old

Alright, there’s my first Friday Five – let me know if you check any of it out!

What caught your eye this week? Anything you want to share with me? Also, let me know if you like the Friday Five and want me to keep doing it, or would prefer a Satuday Seven 😉




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