Something New

Confession: This post is going to be a little different tonight.

As you know, I am on set all week for a commercial campaign. And for those who have never been in or around the acting biz, days on set are lonnnnggg. We’re talking 12 hour days. Add on to that a 45 minute commute in either direction and let’s just say, I’m pretty mentally spent.

Not that I’m complaining! This is what I live for…well, maybe a few other things too 😉

But all that being said, coming up with a mentally stimulating brain buster of a blog tonight was simply…impossible.

SO I thought I’d do a little Get To Know Caralyn session 🙂 haha

I know…thrilling…


JK This’ll be fun! 🙂 And I want you to play too! So pick a question or two and answer in the comments 🙂 #LetsBeFrwends



Here we go:

Favorite “Has Been” Celeb? Jonathan Taylor Thomas or Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

Favorite Olsen Movie? Getting There or Holiday in the Sun

Favorite Trend I Wish Would Come Back? Polos with popped collars, or Hair Ribbons

Favorite rock song from the early 00s? All The Small Things or Dashboard Confessional Hands Down

Favorite Summertime Treat? Ice cold watermelon or homemade fruity slushy alcoholic drinks

Favorite Summertime Tradition? Fourth of July boat Parade in Wisconsin, or 10pm twilight walks with the fireflies and a loved one

Favorite beauty product must have? Champagne Pop Highlighter by Becca — OMG OBSESSED!!!! Also — Tarte’s Light’s Camera Flashes mascara – All Time Favorite mascara!!

Favorite Book? – The Diary of Anne Frank

Favorite Song? – AHH I can’t choose just one!! (Of the moment: Despacito Ft. Justin Bieber) Also: One Dance by Drake, Falling into You by Hillsong, Mercy by Shawn Mendez, Too Good by Drake Ft. Rhianna, and then some Fetty Wap that I probably shouldn’t say on here haha

Favorite Destination? Malmo, Sweden with St. Barts as a close second

Favorite Memory? Traveling to Sweden to stay with one of my best friends for a few weeks during MidSommar a couple years ago. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite TV Show? The Bachelor/Bachelorette — #NotAshamed #GuiltyPleasure

Favorite Movie? The Truman Show, with Elf and Mean Girls close behind

Favorite Food? JACKFRUIT!!!!!! And also Dried Mango

Dessert? My Stevia – Sweetened Pumpkin Pie Pudding

First Car? Volkswagen Beetle, named Maxwell. It was “Isotope Green” — the color of a glow-in-the-dark sticker

Piece of Clothing? Anything black and flirty

Perfume? Ralph by Ralph Lauren – It’s been my scent since I was 15. No plans to change any time soon.

Leisure Activity? – Blogging?? And taking walks and exploring hidden parts of NYC

Actor/Actress? Anthony Hopkins – he is, in my opinion, hands down the best actor of our time. Rebuttals welcome 🙂 But I also really like Will Farrell and Steve Carrell. And actress? Lupita Nyong’o.

Singer? Drake. Bieber. Rihanna. Selena Gomez.

Role Model? My mom and dad. Both for different reasons.

Favorite Place to be? Our cottage on the lake with my whole family.

Restaurant? Bobo in NYC — Not to be mistaken for Babbo

Favorite Blog Post I’ve Ever Written? Oh gosh…that’s a toughie… Maybe The Self Help Sham ??


Favorite Recovery Themed Blog Post? Hmm…Body Positivity Week???

Alright, now it’s your turn!! Let me know some of your favorites!

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247 responses to “Something New”

  1. So many questions…
    Who are the Olsens first of all?
    Boulevard of broken dreams fot 00s rock song.
    Time for bed now and so much more to go… 😊

  2. Favourite song: Don Henley Boys of Summer, reminds me of when I was 16 laying on the beach, my one day off a week LOL
    Favourite dessert: Tiramisu mmmmmm
    Perfume: Sand n Sable, been wearing it over 30 years 🙂
    First car: Super beetle 😉 I don’t know the “official” name of the colour but it was gold, had a hand cranked sunroof, ahhh those were the days 😉
    God bless you this was fun. Have fun working on your commercial campaign.

      • Well since you are a lot younger your VW was probably a newer one, Mine was a 1971 model and yes the sunroof had a, well if you remember when you had to roll down windows? It was a handle like that, but it was hinged. You pulled it down and out until it was straight, (of course it’s on the ceiling of the car, not the door LOL) cranked it like you were rolling up(or down) a window and folded the handle back in when you had the sunroof open or closed. If ANY of that makes sense LOL hugs back at you lovely xoxo

  3. Favorite restaurant Rocco’s tacos in Orlando
    First car: Suzuki (it was a stick shift 😫 boy was it an experience😂)
    Dessert: my granny’s famous peaches and pineapple cake
    Perfume: Versace bright crystals

    This was fun thanks 😊

  4. This blog post signifies you’re now happier than ever! God is good..
    Well, you asked for it so here’s mine..
    Favorite rock song from the early 00s? – Blaze of Glory by JBJ
    Favorite Movie? – The Legend of 1900 and The Godfther
    Favorite Summertime Treat? – Drinking of cold Buko Juice along the shores of Boracay
    First Car? – Mitsubishi Pajero named Max Alvarado, one of the famous villain in movies
    Singer? – got many favorites to be honest.. Heart-All I Wanna Do is to Make Love to You; Alizee-J’en ai Marre! ; Depeche Mode-Just can’t get Enough; A-Ha the famous Oslo boys of Norway and too many to tell you hahaha, and of course the sounds of the movie The Godfather and The Legend of 1900 will brought you to tears.
    What an experience it was beautybeyondbones . God Bless

  5. Favorite Song(s) – “She’s My Jewel” by Rick Michael and me. My lyrics, his music and studio recording (I’m not much of a soloist) written for Julie for our wedding reception. She cried. All the women cried, including the waitresses! Commercially, “Oh, What a Night” Frankie Valley and the 4 Seasons. For now.

    Favorite Book(s) – The Dune series by Frank Herbert.

    Favorite Memory – Tough one. When I surprised both my daughters with new “big girl” bikes when they were just barely big enough to handle them. A business trip / Vacation with Julie to France; Paris, Versailles, and Poissy.

    Favorite Clothing – A well-tailored suit. Between everyone going casual anymore and having gained weight since corporate days…I miss my suits!

    Favorite Leisure Activity – Blogging, of course. And travelling with Julie, whether just to Panera for a relaxing morning or anywhere else.

    Favorite Actor – I’ll bite on Anthony Hopkins, but I think Phillip Seymour Hoffman is the most chameleon-like I think I’ve ever seen. Actress? YOU! After you…Kate Winslet. Meg Ryan at the start.

    Favorite Blog Post I’ve Written – Two, really: True Love – and When the Grave Grabs Ahold –

    Well, kiddo, I hope your shoot wraps successfully, and I’ll be able to say I knew you when!! Safe travels. And, if you would, prayers for my visit with daughter Olivia this weekend!

    • Hey Jeff! Aw what a sweet story about your song! And you’re right – PSHoffman is another terrific actor. And hah you’re funny about the actress 🙂 thanks buddy 🙂 thanks so much! and absolutely! i’ll be praying for you guys 🙂 hope it’s a beautiful time together 🙂 thanks for answering these jeff! i always love learning about my friends 🙂 hugs to you and julie and family!

  6. So that is you- good information and variety. Now I know why you write the way you do and how you stay in recovery. Thanks for sharing – God bless – John

  7. Funny story. So I had this ephiphany – In my mind I heard, “Get on WordPress and tell BBB that she’s awesome.” I had no peace about it. Then I got on here and read this awesome piece. Well, it seems right for me to say BBB, YOU ARE AWESOME! Woooo. Good luck on the set. Oh…and guess who just followed you on Instagram and Youtube? Moi! Hahahaha… loving “Journaling through Recovery.” Story of my life….phew. And what is up with the bloopers lol. and oh my gosh….those gifs lol. You are something else, someone special. Loving your uniqueness. I wish you good health and prosperity.

  8. This is so fun!!!

    Favorite book – Les Miserables. I also love the Liam Neeson film, but not the Hugh Jackman version. A little too raunchy for my taste.

    My first car? A 1989 Buick Century named Buford. It was hideous slate gray but had two subs in the trunk 👌🏻

  9. you have such a lovely blog…. and a jack fruit. I know Durian very well… revolting, and i know that they are actually not related… but oh my you are a brave girl. i grew up in hong kong and my mother loves to try anything new and crazy – she discovered durian and brought it home – height of summer. my darling father and i nearly died, whereas my mother and my brother were in simply esctasy… Thankfully my father banned it from the apartment, but he did travel alot so … yuk.

    but such a beautiful girl – and such a lovely blog. xxx

  10. Favorite Perfume – Anything you wear
    Role Model – You!
    favorite place to be – Anywhere with you
    You asked, I answered 🙂 us old men can get away with it, but you already know how proud of you I am 🙂 Oh, and did I mention your favorite dessert and summertime treat would both be you? And finally, who is Caralyn? 🙂 <3

  11. Favorite Song; “Together Forever” – Rick Astley (can listen to this all the time)
    Favorite Movie: “Coupe de Ville”/ all the Star Wars flicks/ anything with Jackie Chan…too much to choose from.
    Favorite TV show: The Flash, Riverdale, Arrow, 12 Monkeys, of course Hawaii Five-O, loved “”Psych” and “Eureka”…way too much to list as well.
    Favortie Actor: Dwayne Johnson
    Dessert: anything mochi (poi mochi, butter mochi, bibingka, jin dui, chinese rice cake…now I’m craving for some right now!)
    First Car: 1983 Toyota Corolla Sports Coupe 5 speed
    Cologne: Drakkar Noir
    This was fun and unique to participate in. Thanks Caralyn and much success with your commercial campaign…I know how draining shooting can be.

    • Thanks so much for playing along Mark! i love getting to know more about you! together forever – I’m gonna go youtube that song! thanks for stopping by! hugs x

  12. First car: 1983 Honda Civic sky baby blue. I was chauffeur at my High School
    Favorite Drink: coffee and more coffee
    Favorite Book: The Msytery of God’s Will (Charles Swindoll)
    Favorite Actor: Kevin Costner/Liam Neeson
    T.V series: King of Queens
    Favorite Movie: Gaurdains of the Galaxy
    Music: Anything Pearl Jam/Lifehouse
    Favorite restaurant: Monteray Pub
    Favorite place I visited: Victoria Canada
    Dessert: My mother-in-laws chocolate whacky cake
    Favorite summer treat: fudge sicles, and cantalope
    Favorite blog: I like too many to say just one
    Thanks for the fun…

  13. Haha, so I was talking to my best friend the other day about how insane Despacito’s fame truly is, and how it’s playing everywhere. A day later, a friend of mine who is traveling through Europe told me she went to this club in Sweden, and what song did they play, along all the Swedish night classics? Despacito!

    Favorite Book: A Hundred Years of Solitude; The Museum of Innocence; The Shadow of the Wind.

    Favorite Destination: Amsterdam, a thousand times Amsterdam.

    • Haha yeah it’s taking the world like storm!! Ooh never been to Amsterdam! Gonna have to put that on the bucket list! Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  14. This was fun to hear more about you, Caralyn! Lol about the Bachelor/Bachelorette! Every season I say I’m not going to watch, but I do and can’t stop. #guiltypleasure 🙂 I just popped over to read your favorite post, and I loved it! Not self help but God, help. That’s perfect. I’ll pick a question here… favorite place to be? With my family, anywhere… but it’s amazing to be together in Maui 🙂 Hugs! xx

  15. Boy, I guess I have to admit my age. First car: 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible (at least it was 10 years old at the time. 😉 )
    Favorite dessert: anything that comes with really really good ice cream.
    Great post idea!

  16. So many things I’ve never heard of, hm. I’ve repaired some Bugs. Put NO2 in one and a ton of speakers in another. I wear Dsquared’s “He Wood.” Their clothes look weird though. Too, Justin Beiber.

  17. Favorite piece of clothing: my blue sweater that my family has affectionately deemed the name cookie monster because it looks like I’m wearing Cookie Monster.

    First Car: 1979 AMC Spirit in tan with weird pinstripes. Hey it was 1994, and $100

  18. First car: 1975 ORANGE Hillman Hunter…with walnut dashboard. Hubba hubba 🙂
    Favorite Drink: coffee, diet coke and more coffee
    Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice
    Favorite Actor: Sean Bean (Bean for Bond!!!)
    T.V series: NCIS or the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth for Bond!!!!)
    Favorite Movie: Despicable Me, The Italian Job, Cars…most anything Pixar. Lord of the Rings (I’m a Kiwi, it’s a requirement to be a citizen, along with loving rugby & the All Blacks)
    Music: anything Ministry of Sound
    Favorite restaurant: Riverhead Tavern – if you make it to Auckland, it’s a date
    Favorite place I visited: Sydney, New South Wales
    Dessert: plain vanilla ice cream and fresh berries
    Favorite summer treat: fresh fruit

    • hubba hubba indeed! thanks so much for playing along! Would you believe I’ve never seen Lord of the Rings?! I know, I’m not human. haha Ooh, love your classic dessert choice – especially in summer when the berries are in season! big hugs to you xox

      • Watch it! The costuming alone is sumptuous. Especially in the Rohirm camp.
        I went from that one to an equally orange Mazda 323 hatch! I currently drive a Honda Odyssey or on summer days, a Targa top Toyota MR2. In green. No more orange for me!

  19. Favorite Olsen Movie? Captain America: Civil War. Their sister Elizabeth is in that, so it counts.
    Favorite Trend I Wish Would Come Back? Paying attention to one’s surroundings and not one’s phone.
    Favorite rock song from the early 00s? My screen name is from a song from the early 00s, so I’m going to have to go with that (Life Less Ordinary, by Carbon Leaf). It’s not exactly “rock” in the way your songs are, though.
    Favorite Summertime Treat? Ice cream, but I kind of eat it year round
    Favorite Summertime Tradition? My birthday party 🙂
    Favorite beauty product must have? I’m a dude. I don’t really do beauty products. I’ll say pants. No one wants to see me without pants, so that’s a beauty product 😛
    Favorite Book? The notebook that my students are supposed to take notes in. If they’d read that, they’d have less questions for me, they’d get better grades, and I would be happier, so that’s my favorite.
    Favorite Song? I’ve already used Life Less Ordinary, and Don’t Stop Believin’ is too cliché, so we’ll go with Battle Dancing Unicorns With Glitter, by Five Iron Frenzy
    Favorite Destination? The bathroom
    Favorite Memory? 16GB of RAM and a 4TB hard drive
    Favorite TV Show? The Simpsons… not as funny as it used to be, but it still has its moments
    Favorite Movie? Too many to mention!
    Favorite Food? Pizza, cheeseburgers, waffles with lots of syrup… all the stuff I’m not supposed to eat
    Dessert? Yes, please.
    First Car? A 1989 Ford Bronco in 49ers colors, named Canyonero (after the fictitious make of SUV from The Simpsons)
    Leisure Activity? Sleeping
    Actor/Actress? You. 🙂 I don’t know that I really have one; I’m more into the story than the acting when I watch movies or TV.
    Singer? Me in the car
    Role Model? Jesus Christ
    Favorite Place to be? Earth
    Restaurant? I’ve been to 112 different In-N-Out Burgers, so I should name that here
    Favorite Blog Post I’ve Ever Written? #86, about the correct pronunciation of .gif. (

    I skipped a few that don’t really apply to me.

    • Ooooooh snap! on the Olsen movie!!! Well played, Pi, well played:) hehe and gosh I feel you on the phone. I am guilty of that for sure. I’m going to try to be more intentional about that. Hahha touché on the pants. Well played my friend. Well played. And awwwwww you’re nice to say that about the actress 🙂 thanks for playing along! This was really fun and I can wait to read about how to pronounce gif! (Like jif peanut butter??) Hugs and love xox

  20. Congrats on the commercial project!! Best of luck. And this post made me smile, we have some things in common! (But I, for one, am dying to get despacito out of my head 😂)

    • Thank you so much! Yeah I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Haha yeah, I guess people love it or hate it when it comes to despacito 🙂 hehe thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to ready my silly little list:) hehe have a great weekend xo

  21. I’m also playing a lot of Despacito with Justin Bieber, but I also mist listen to Bad Liar by Selena Gomez at least once a day.

  22. What a fun post! And I am reeeeaaaaalllllyyyy old…most of what I like is not even on your radar! lol! (Ok, so I am a parent…)

    Leisure activity: Scrapbooking! (I also call it my therapy; my friend I go to scrapbook events with is a psych nurse who works in an assessment center in one of our local ER’s…so it counts!) And yes, I’m one of THOSE crazy ladies…

    Favorite drink: coffee or Mountain Dew. Water when necessary. And, um, an occasional margarita or glass of wine…

    Favorite Place to be: anywhere my family is. 😉

    I can’t name a favorite rock song from the early 00’s…Not a Bieber fan…that was the stage in life where Disney theme songs were most of what we heard at our house! lol

    Congratulations on your project, hope all goes well!

    • Thanks so much Shauna! Oooh scrap booking! Love that so much. What a gift you can give people with that. And I feel. You. On the margaritas. Some days just call for them. Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  23. Terrific post Caralyn! I love Sweden too! I really loved walking around Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm. I lived in Vantaa, Helsinki in Finland for a few years. I love the Finns and the Swedes. Unfortunately, I am Faaaaaaar to old to know anything about the Olsen twins! lol, but my favourite book is (well, four books!) The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott. The Anne Frank diaries are amazing. She was an amazing person who had an horrific experience and told her story to the world. Have you ever been to the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam? It is very humbling, and makes you grateful for what you have. God bless you, I really hope your commercial campaign goes well and is great fun for you! 🙂

    • Thanks Rich! Ohgosh Sweden was incredible. Didn’t make it to Stockholm but I want to go back! Haha yeah loved the Olsen twins growing up. I haven’t been to the museum but would absolutely love to. Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  24. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series (prisoner of askaban and deathly hallows my definite faves). 😁
    And my perfume is Taylor by Taylor Swift…like you, I don’t plan on changing it any time soon either!!😄
    Love the post, Carolyn 😘

    • Oh my gosh I love the HP books too! Have you been to Harry Potter world at Disneyworld? Ooh I haven’t smelled Taylor’s perfume! I didn’t even know she made one! I’ll be on the lookout for it! Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

    • Thanks so much Fr. Bench! Hahah you know what they say- a pick up is forever! 🙂 thanks for playing along! Can’t wait to read your favorite blog post! Have a great weekend, Father! Hugs x

  25. Favorite Has Been? Gary Busey!
    The Olsen’s did movies?
    Trend to make a comeback? Letters for the first two digits of a phone number
    Favorite Rock Song from early 00’s? Staind- Outside
    Summertime Treat…BBQ (although I Q and smoke all year long)
    Summertime Tradition…Camping with the family
    Favorite beauty product…yeah right…lol
    Book? The Bible, only one I read nearly every single day.
    Song? Not possible but Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas has been on the list a long time.
    Favorite Destination? Wyoming trout streams.
    Memory…fishing with Grandpa.
    TV show? Impractical Jokers
    Movie…Dirty Harry
    Food? Meat and donuts
    Dessert? Pecan Pie
    First Car…1972 Plymouth Duster
    Clothing? Fishing Waders
    Perfume? nah
    Leisure Activity? Fishing
    Actor…Clint Eastwood
    Singer? Steve Walsh from Kansas, Chris Cornell, Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury
    Role Model…Grandpa
    Favorite place to be? A stream in the mountains early in the morning.
    Restaurant? Probably Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill in St. Lou.
    Favorite blog post I’ve written? I have no clue.

  26. Favorite Summertime Treat?
    We are in our winter, are 21 C or 69 F, it is sunny, and I love it!
    And I love watermelon juice and I made one now, do you want?

  27. Your multiple references to Will Farrell led me to rent Land of the Lost last night. Well those are brain cells I’ll never get back.

  28. Thanks, Caralyn, for this light-hearted, yet thoughtful post. In these days of rising tensions of various sorts, you offer a chance for some personal reflection, which, I think, includes the questions (love your questions, all of them) to which I’ve chosen to respond. Hmmm, I have to think more about why these…

    Favorite Destination? The Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy
    Favorite Memory? 6 weeks in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy, December 2006-mid January 2007
    First car? 1960 Rambler 2-door, with 3-speed manual transmission

    Again, Caralyn, my thanks. A blessed 4th of July to you and your family

    • Aw thanks Paul! Glad you enjoyed it! Oh wow the chianti region – how idyllic. I’ve been to tuscany and it was just marvelous. But 6 weeks! Wow that’s just awesome. Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  29. Best of luck on your campaign.
    Thank you for sharing! The thing I found most interesting was your favorite book. I really like Diary of Anne Frank but what makes it your favorite?

  30. I love this!!

    Favorite Has Been: Lindsay Lohan, The Olsens!
    Favorite Olsens Movie: “It Takes Two” – I also loved the Mary Kate & Ashley Party videos from Blockbuster!
    Trend to make a comeback? Agreed on the hair ribbons! And I love overalls!
    Favorite Rock Song from early 00’s? “All The Small Things”
    Summertime Treat: Grasshopper pie, yummy!
    Summertime Tradition: Visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida.
    Favorite beauty product: Young Living Essential Oils just launched a non-toxic, not tested on animals makeup line with Savvy Minerals. I’m buying EVERYTHING!
    Book: “The Great Gatsby”
    Song: Tie between “Mine” by Taylor Swift and “Who I Am With You” by Chris Young
    Favorite Destination: The Outer Banks of North Carolina.
    Memory: Cooking with Grandma Grace and eating frozen Oreos.
    TV show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Unsolved Mysteries
    Movie: Forrest Gump
    Food: Anything with pasta
    Dessert: Family recipe Chocolate Mousse Cake
    First Car: I was split between my parents’ 1997 forest green Volvo S70 sedan, and our amazing 1998 pure white Volvo 240D station wagon (We finally sold it last year after 28 years!)
    Clothing: Nice shirt/blouse and jeans.
    Perfume: Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift
    Leisure Activity: Reading, writing, blogging, playing softball
    Actor: Tom Hanks
    Singer: Taylor Swift
    Role Model: My parents
    Favorite place to be: Anywhere with my hubby!
    Restaurant: Ninja Sushi in Suffolk, Virginia.
    Favorite blog post I’ve written: Too many to list!

    • Oh Lindsay Lohan — she is definitely a fascinating character! Oh overalls! Great trend. I had a pair of sea foam green short-overalls back in the day with matching high tops. I was quite the 8-year old haha – grasshopper pie Yum!! And I’ll have to check out savvy minerals!! Sounds awesome. Thanks for playing along Laura Beth! You’re the second person to mention Taylor swift’s perfume. I’m gonna have to go find some for myself!! 🙂 run Forrest, run! Hugs and love xox

  31. Thank for the change of pace & best wishes on your current project! For what it is worth here are some of my answers (there were a number of others I could not legitimately answer for various reasons…):

    Favorite “Has Been” Celeb: Jane Seymour, Tom Selleck
    Favorite Trend I Wish Would Come Back? Manners and common courtesy
    Favorite summertime treat: Watermelon
    Favorite summertime tradition: Spending the summer at the lake with family and friends
    Favorite Book: Other than the Bible…? I have read far too many to actually pick just one; however, if pressed, I would probably choose Pilgrim’s Progress.
    Favorite Song: The same applies here-far too many to choose from. However, there are two that have had special meaning to me for many years since they were sung at my Father’s funeral: “Jesus Lives and so Shall I” and “Some Golden Daybreak”.
    Favorite Destination: Home! But I did enjoy my time in Hungary…
    First car: 1969 Pontiac Catalina
    Favorite Drink: Coffee
    Favorite Actor: Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, or Jack Nicholson…
    Dessert: Mochi or Baklava
    Favorite Blog Post I’ve ever written: Probably Making Amends (…
    Favorite Recovery Themed Blog Post: Many to choose from, but one that spoke to me was: This Post Is Raw (…

    Have a Blessed Independence Day Weekend!!

    • Thanks so much Scott! Glad you enjoyed it! And thanks we’re almost wrapped for the day! Oh my gosh manners and common courtesy! AMEN!!! I know I found it so hard to choose just one song! I have different songs for different moods! Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  32. Yes !!! These are like my favorite things. I am answering more than 2 questions with more then 2 answers. So there. ha!

    Favorite Olson Movies / Series : It Takes Two , To Grandmother’s House We Go, You’re Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Mall Party.

    Favorite T.V. Shows : American Idol , Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Lost, Glee, Gs to Gents / Charm School

    Favorite Singers : Beyonce , Tori Kelly , Pentatonix ‘s Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying , Kierra Sheard, Camila Cabello, JoJo , Zendaya, John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield, Phil Wickham

    Favorite Groups: Fifth Harmony , Need to Breathe, Unspoken , Pentatonix, Little Mix, Hillsong Young and Free

    Favorite Foods : Sushi, Hot Wings, Oysters, Pasta, any Tropical Fruits, Candy

    Favorite Places to Visit: Nashville , Wicker Park (Chicago) , The East Coat Border states

    Favorite Bible Characters: Joseph , Ester , David , Samson

    Favorite Verse: 1 Peter 5:7 I will cast all my cares upon him

    Favorite Quote: “You cannot pour from an empty cup”

    This was so FUN. Thank-you for the challenge!!


  33. Favorite movie- Gone With The Wind. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It”s a Classic.
    First car- 1978 Plymouth Sapporo, Red that kept breaking down.

  34. Hello! I thought this would be a fun Friday afternoon to answer a few questions!

    Summertime Treat? S’Mores or Ice Cream
    Summertime Tradition? Probably just watching fireworks on the 4th. Hands down favorite holiday.
    Favorite beauty product? Umm.. I am actually an all natural girl. I don’t even know how to put it on.
    Book? Oh gosh this one is hard.. I love the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the Through the Looking Glass trilogy.. And Harry Potter.. Books are a slight obsession.
    Song? This is almost as hard as trying to pick a book! I listen to so many different types of music that my favorite songs change on the daily.. Right now it’s probably Yours, 0 Russell Dickinson, or God Made a Woman – Jerrod Nieman.
    Favorite Destination? Anywhere with a beach. Mexico was stunning. Loved the Bahamas. I think just anywhere with my fiancé is a win for me.
    First Car? a 1998 Dodge Neon.
    Perfume? I love ALL things that smell pretty, favorite brand would probably be Escada though.
    Favorite place to be? A stream in the mountains early in the morning.
    Restaurant? Probably Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill in St. Lou.
    Favorite blog post I’ve written? I have no clue.

  35. Some of my favorite things:
    Favorite has been actor: Keanu Reeves,
    Favorite Movie: Stand By Me, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, A Beautiful Life,
    Favorite Band: Duran Duran, any music from 1980’s, Need to Breathe, Lifehouse
    Favorite food: Chocolate; OH Henry
    Favorite book: I can’t name one because it’s like favoring your eldest child over the others. It’s not right. I love to read, and I do it as often as I can
    Favorite Memory: Spending time with my Bubi (Hebrew for grandmother)
    I don’t want to overload you, so that is where I will end. Have a great weekend Caralyn!

    • Love this Tamara! LOVE sound of music! I was actually in that when I was younger – I was the littlest von trap:) hehe thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  36. Fun!

    Favorite rock song from the early 00s? “Hero” by the Foo Fighters. (It was released in 1997, so technically too early, but this song is a major part of my high school soundtrack). “Chop Suey!” by System of a Down. “Minority” by Green Day.

    Favorite Summertime Treat? Watermelon. Cantaloupe. My mom’s cold pasta salad (so good!)

    Favorite Summertime Tradition? Backyard badminton tournaments.

    Favorite beauty product must have? DevaCurl anything. It’s the best.

    Favorite Book? Waaaaaaaay too many.

    Favorite Song? Right now, I’m enjoying “Glorious” by Macklemore, which is really far out of my norm. I always go back to the old hymns, like “Rock of Ages,” “It is Well With My Soul” and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

    Favorite Destination? London. Edinburgh.

    • Hi Marie! Oh these are great. I LOVE DevaCurl products too! My hair is naturally curly and so when I wear it that way, their DevaCurl products are the way to go. I actually go to their salon in NYC! And ohhhh I love it is well with my soul – especially Audrey assad’s rendition. Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  37. Actor/actress. Now you’re playing in my ballpark. Anthony Hopkins? No rebuttal from me; he’s a great one. Have you seen Remains of the Day? But, here are my choices, reaching back into the mists of time. Jack Nicholson. He did some good work in the 90s: A Few Good Men, As Good as it Gets. But, for the real Jack you’re gonna have to watch Turner Classic and catch a couple 70s flicks. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–Jack gets Oscar. Even better, the best detective story ever, Chinatown. Jack in film noir: priceless! Actress = Jane Fonda, also with a string of great performances in the 70s. Two Oscars, a couple nominations. My choice; the original feminist film of the 70s, Julia. Also with amazing performance by Vanessa Redgrave. There you go. Not necessarily better than Anthony Hopkins, but different. Favorite dessert–Sander’s cream puff hot fudge (it’s a Detroit classic). Favorite destination–Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

  38. Love your answers!!! Girl, Anne Frank’s diary is one of my favorite books as well!!! If you are really into her story, check out a book called, “The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank,” by Willy Lindwer, if you are curious, and the biography of Anne Frank, by Melissa Muller. The biography is really good, the last seven months do cover some difficult situations so warning about that. I’ve read the diary at least four times, but I’m thinking probably six haha. : ) I have a number of books that I enjoy, so it’s hard to choose. I would say…The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom is probably #1 or top favorite. She was a Christian woman, and hid Jews in her home. Her story is so inspirational!!! Every time she struggled with her faith or wondering how God would provide for her….He did!!!

    • Hey TR! Thanks for this. Oh wow I’ll definitely check that book out. Thanks for the recco. Yeah her story is just so heartbreaking. I’ve read the Hiding Place! What a powerful book. Thanks for playing along. It sounds like you and I have a similar historical interest. 🙂 big hugs to you xox

  39. Ha ha the monkeys

    You mean polos with popped collars are no longer in?

    Yes watermelon… to the point a being a favourite food.

    Favourite drumming songs: california dreaming, c&c music factory everybody dance now

    Desination: Ribadesalla Spain, and Denver

    Leisure activity: outdoors and movement 🙂

    • Haha yeah I thought those monkeys were pretty dang cute 🙂 hahaha yeah sorry to break the news to ya about the polos 😉 oooh Spain – I’ve always wanted to go! Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

      • Also, I loved your questions about favourite place to be, role model, and memory.
        Remembering good, and also realising these as near, close and possible 🙂

      • I hope you don’t mind my posting –
        Favourite memory
        I was invited on a ski camp with my old high school and three other alumni. The four of us went out to a bar one night after a day on the snow. We sat around a table in comfy couches, and had a beer or two. The bar was quiet and almost empty.
        I remember walking home in the snow that night…

        Favourite place
        Under the blue sky (Denver gets a lot),
        In the “glory” at church…,
        My Nanna and Grandad’s, now deceased
        Starbucks at 7am on a Monday
        The grace meal after church,

        Role model
        Three Christian couples I have known. A maths professor and his wife, a UN aid worker couple, and a medical doctor couple. Each have been interested in me, and have been an encouragement in their models of life and faith.

  40. Glad to get to know more. Enjoy your time on set, long days indeed sitting around. ” I get paid to wait. I act for free, Henry Fonda”.
    Great advice my son was given when he started acting at 10yrs of age. I’m a proud mama.
    Loved your family pic by the lake, beautiful and peaceful xxx

  41. Such an amazing post!!! 🙂 The questions were so creative and I feel like I got to know you so much better because of that! I’d have to say my favorite song from the 00’s All Star by Smash Mouth. But both my parents are my role models for different reasons too, but I feel like that makes me a more rounded person if that makes sense. I can’t wait to read more from you and your experiences! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Shelby! Aw good so glad you enjoyed it! Oh dang…All Star — definitely brings back a lot of memories!! Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox

  42. My favourites…
    Has-been celebrity: Dennis Miller
    Trend I wish would come back: looking before crossing the street
    Early 2000s rock song: Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
    Summertime treat: Magnum ice cream bar, or a good craft beer (or both)
    Summertime tradition: birthday
    Book: Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge
    Song: Mezzamorphis – Delirious?
    Destination: Reuss River in downtown Lucerne, Switzerland
    Memory: a night of dinner, moving a mattress, and a movie with my two best friends
    TV: Seinfeld, The Office, It’s Always Sunny
    Movies: Blazing Saddles, Full Metal Jacket, Holy Ghost, The Princess Bride, The Producers, Rain Man, Senna
    Food: burrito
    First car: red 1992 Ford Escort. T-speed, wrecked it twice, totalled it the second time
    Clothing: shorts & t-shirt
    Actor: Neal McDonough, who was fired from lead man on ‘Scoundrels’ for refusing sex scenes
    Singer: Billy Joel
    Place to be: anyplace with good friends
    Restaurant: Chik-fil-a
    Blog post I’ve written: Transplant

  43. Favorite Summertime treat- Homemade Ice Cream, Favorite Food-Hot Wings, Role Models-Parents and grandparents and Favorite Blog I’ve ever written- That’s tough because to me I’ve written some good ones. I would have to say WHAT THE COLORS OF THE AMERICAN FLAG MEAN TO ME and What the colors of the Flag really mean.Those are just a few.

  44. Favorite summertime treat has to be ice cream – preferably chocolate! (not saying it’s good for me, but definitely one of my favs!
    All time favorite movie has to be “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart an oldie but a goodie!
    Favorite dessert – has to be homemade fudge!!! 🙂

  45. Caralyn, this was a lovely way to get to know you in some rather unique ways! I just may repeat this idea in a future post myself. A few quick ditty’s about myself would be:
    Favorite Musical Artist (Current): JJ Heller
    Favorite Musical Artist (All-Time): Lionel Richie
    Favorite Musical Band (Current): For King & Country
    Favorite Musical Ban (All-Time): Alabama
    Favorite Movie (Current): The Hollars
    Favorite Movie (All-Time): Going My Way with Bing Crosby
    Favorite Book (All Time): Island of the Blue 🐬 Dolphins
    Favorite Scripture Passage: John 2:5
    To be continued… an upcoming post!
    Hugs n’ blessings until then!!

  46. Are you allowed to say what the commercial advertises? Is it on TV? Print? Other media? As someone outside “the biz” it’s interesting to me and an opportunity to see you “in action” would be welcome. Your ability as a blogger is much appreciated, BTW.

  47. My perfume is by Ralph Lauren too, but it’s Romance. It was my go to scent when my daughter was born and I’ve recently rediscovered it. My favorite actor is probably Denzel Washington.
    It was a lot of fun getting to know more about you… I know about those days where you’re too exhausted to think deeply 🙂 Best of luck on your commercial campaign!

  48. I might have to fight you on Anthony Hopkins. 😉 I’m a Liam Neeson girl, with Ralph Fiennes as an equally close second (and when I say Liam Neeson, I mean Schindler’s List era, not Taken . . . but I also have a soft spot in my heart for Phantom Menace . . .). Favorite music is easily anything from the 60’s and 70’s, namely Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks. Favorite movie is Schindler’s List, mainly because it’s so impactful and partly because my favorite destination is Berlin/the University trip I took to Germany and Poland. I was an Olson Twins girl, but Our Lips Are Sealed is my favorite. And . . . if I had to pick ONE blog post (so hard, right??) I think it would be ‘Dear Dad: A Hundred and One’ which was a letter to my dad about all the things I still wish I could say.

    • oh Liam Neeson is definitely up there too! You know, I’ve actually never seen Schindler’s List – I should watch it. I know it’s a difficult movie to watch, but I think it’s important to honor those innocent people who lost their lives in such a tragic way. Thanks for playing along. big hugs to you xox

  49. Would love if you submit your story to f-ACT Magazine (you liked one of the articles about board games)… the submission guidelines are on the site and features are up to 2000 words, and will be listed under family; health and/or fashion/beauty. If you need to ask any questions, feel free to email directly through my websites.
    Thank you.

  50. Perfume: Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift
    Singers: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Hunt
    Favorite Dessert: Cake (haha)

    Love, love, love the pictures of you in this post! You’re beautiful and amazing, never forget that!

  51. I am absolutely obsessed with champagne pop and ice cold watermelon! My favourite place to be is near the ocean ( specifically Jamaica 🙂 ) and my fav movie of all time is Forrest Gump! I’m doing some catch up tonight on your blog! xx

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