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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Women Who Rock - Interview With Cristina Palumbo


We are back with another "Women Who Rock" segment!
You hear her on the radio
SiriusXm Indie 102 & on Howard101!
Her name? Cristina Palumbo.
We sat down with Cristina and got the scoop on everything from what it is like being a woman in her industry to the craziest things she's encountered while working in radio.
So sit back, relax and enjoy, as we give you this weeks 
"Woman Who Rocks!"
(Cristina Palumbo)


1. Tell us a little bit about how you got started in radio.
I was an event planner for pharmaceuticals and in the middle of a meeting I was holding court about Britney Spears' bare feet and very visual vagina that was splashed all over the tabloids. My good friend/coworker pulled me aside and jokingly told me I didn't belong in a corporate setting. I agreed and told her I always wanted to work in radio but have no experience. She happened to have a childhood friend that worked for SiriusXm & took my resume without making any promises. He reached out, invited me up to the studio for a live show and that's where my love for radio was confirmed. He was kind enough to show me the ropes. I quit my job, shadowed him unpaid for 6 months and was eventually offered a part time position which led to full time. Basically I pinch myself everyday and I'm in debt to two very wonderful people.. So thanks Rita & Steve! 

2. Was this always a field that you were interested in perusing? 
I was always into radio, as a kid I'd use a double tape deck and record my own shows where I'd be the host and the guest. I knew I'd do well with it because I'm not good at much else. Talking and writing are my favorite things, everything else gives me horrendous agita (especially math). I'm most comfortable right smack in the middle of a conversation and if you throw a mic in front of my face it's like a vacation! It didn't seem attainable though, it sounded like "I want to be an actress" which sounded like "I'm gonna be a waitress" so it took me a while to realize I can actually follow my dream. 

3. Who is your biggest role model and what have you learned from them? 
(Alex Bennett)
I have a bunch of professional role models/mentors and I'm lucky enough to work alongside them..  Alex Bennett, Howard Stern & Jay Thomas paved the way as far as I'm concerned.. 

(Jay Thomas and Cristina after the annual football toss on Letterman.)
Pete Dominick has offered me several words of wisdom 
 
(Pete Dominick)
and Chris Tsakis lets me stretch my sea legs on his show which is the best experience! 
 

(Chris Tsakis and Rude Jude)
I got to work with Lynn Samuels (may she rest in peace). I really loved her because she wasn't afraid to be her true self no matter what the suits said. When people ask me what I want to be when I grow up I say Robin Quivers, but my role model, and this is so cliche.. it's definitely my dad. 
 
(Cristina Palumbo and Dad)
He's a go getter and when the going gets tougher than you can ever imagine he dusts himself off and reinvents himself into something even better. He was the reason I was able to go after this goal and succeed at it in the first place. He gave me the financial freedom and emotional support I needed to leave my career, work for free and learn my craft. In fact he insisted on it. That fire in my belly and under my ass is hereditary for sure. 

4. What is it like being in what seems to be a more male dominated field and what obstacles have you had to face with that? 
How did you overcome them? 
I have had this conversation with Jay Thomas several times. He believes that being in this business takes away from my femininity but my response to that is I've been this way my whole life. I've only been in radio 6 years so how do you explain the other 28?? I've always been able to hold my own and "hang with the boys". I have a quick whit and a perverted sense of humor which comes in handy. I'm not easily offended, in fact I'm usually the offender. It's a comfortable place for me to be in. If you put me in a room with 5 male comics it's home for me.. If you put me under a tent during fashion week you'd find me tunneling my way out with a shoe I could never pronounce or afford.. I'm not saying it's easy to work in a male dominated industry but for me it's more comfortable and I never felt like I had to overcome any obstacles in that sense.. The obstacles come with the job. It's not easy being in this industry with less than 10k Twitter followers or less than a decade of experience under your belt... Is it harder to get the attention you want versus the attention you get, sure.. But that can hold true for any industry.
(A very drunk "tan mom" before 11am)
5. Who is your favorite person that you have met through your career and/or interview that you have conducted? 
I got to sit next to Howard Stern for 16 minutes once and it was one of the greatest days of my life...  But to be honest I was more excited to meet members of his wackpack because they aren't millionaires. 
(Mother of Howard stern wackpack Mariann from Brooklyn.)
 I love when reality stars come through, especially the ones on cable and even more so when they are in their first or second season.. The reason is because my expectations aren't as high as they would be for an accomplished actor.. Sure it's an honor to meet someone great but when a guest is new to the business they are excited to meet you which means their interview is filled with energy! I met Linda Blair once and was so sad because she wasn't as playful as I hoped.. She's a legend from a movie that gave me nightmares for most of my tweenaged years..  But she's so over it now that she doesn't seem to appreciate the attention as much as a hungry reality star. It's hard to meet your heroes because it may ruin your impression. I met Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms and she screamed at us like we were her students. That was a great day at work. Other big name celebrities sometimes really impress you. Nick Cannon let me wear his gold chains.. That was the most ice I'd ever seen in my life! Another great day on the job. 
(Nick Cannon)
The show I work on now has all types of guests from celebrities & athletes to "regular" people that had something extraordinary happen to them and I thoroughly enjoy those "regular" people the most.


6. Whats the craziest thing/situation that you have encountered while working in radio? 
The day Howard Stern came on was amazing but not as crazy as the day Andrew Dice Clay came through the halls and asked me to go for a Jamba Juice & a cheeseburger. (It's on YouTube). 
(Andrew Dice Clay)
Another crazy day was when Alex Bennett surprised me and scheduled mob wives Drita & Carla and I got to interview them (which was my first interview ever). 
(Mob Wives Drita and Carla)
The surprise was because it was a left leaning political talk show so you can imagine the subject of mob wives hardly came up. One other crazy day was when my coworker and I walked into the ladies room only to find a couple of strippers sitting on the floor shoving hundreds of dollars into duffle bags because Chris Brown just made it rain in a studio. I was like damn, did I pick the wrong career.. :)

7. What would you say to someone wanting to get into your field?
 I would say wonderful! If you need any advice please ask because I know first hand how tough it could be.. Be prepared to work crazy hours, not make a lot of bank (sometimes you have to do it for free) and know that you have to pay your dues.. I'm doing this 6 years and I'm still paying mine.. Don't expect to walk through the door and be a star. Keep your mind open to all opportunities because there are a ton.. Network, help as many people as you can. Also when you've made it on the air don't hold back and be honest (unless you've got a character or a schtick going) but nothing beats honesty on the airwaves.

8. Where can fans follow you and see what you are up to next? 
I'm on Twitter & Instagram - @cristinapalumbo & on Facebook.com/dumbopalumbo.  I think I'm on periscope now too.. Just another thing that eats up all my phone storage. Also listen M-Th 3-6 PM ET on SiriusXm Indie 102 & Friday's from 2-5 PM ET on Howard101 




9. Any last words for your fans and Cupcakes & Crossbones followers? 
Yes! First I'd like to say thank you! There's a whole bunch of people that have been listening to me since day one and I couldn't be more appreciative of their honesty, hilarity and support.. Next, you don't have to make an actual vision board but you should think of one. Everything happening to me right now is straight off my imaginary vision board... If you feel it in your gut and you notice people are telling you that you should be doing a certain thing.. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and actually do it! Don't be afraid to take the risk because you will deprive yourself and others of whatever gift you have whether it's a dream job or a hobby.. Surround yourself with supportive people.. They are your built in fan base. If you pay it forward the universe should reward you handsomely (I'm not saying it will but it should). One last thing if you want something open up your mouth and say it. I didn't know my friend Rita had a childhood friend that worked in radio.. And if I wasn't vocal about my dreams that would have never come up.. So speak up! There is no room for shy and timid in this business! 



Isn't she awesome?!
Thanks Cristina for sitting down and talking with us and thank you for being an awesome "Woman Who Rocks!"

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here's What's Happenin'

Hey Cupcakes!
Since we were off Monday I thought we could do our little weekly recap of what is going on today so that you are all up to date with the kick ass stuff that's happenin'.

1.) Home Remodel Project - 
This project is coming along nicely! 
The kitchen is almost complete and ready for me to take some after shots to share with all of you. 
I say by next week or the week after we should have pictures and a few DIY projects to share, yay!

2.)  Giveaway Contest -
We are going to have a really fun and exciting giveaway contest next week that you are def going to want to check out.
It is "Women Who Rock" related since this summer's "Women Who Rock" month is coming to a close ::sniffle sniffle::
More details to come as we get closer, because you know I love leaving you all in suspense!

3.) Summer Tunes -

This summer we are going concert crazy and heading to some amazing festivals, catching up with, and interviewing some of your favorite musicians.
Who do you want to see us cover?!
 

4.) Women Who Rock - (The best for last!)
Tomorrow we introduce another Woman Who Rocks!
Cristina Palumbo, the woman who rocks our world on The Jay Thomas Show SiriusXM will be taking over!
She is one of the funniest and down to earth women I have met and she knows how to get what she wants (we love that in a woman!)
Be here same time, same place tomorrow to get the full exclusive interview where she tells us how she got into the field that she is in now, celebrities that she met along the way, and what it is like being on the Jay Thomas show.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe

Hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!
We are back today with a freakin delicious dish that is easy, yummy, and a total crowd pleaser.
I feel almost guilty posting it because it is so easy but I also feel that I need to share this with you if it is something that you have never tried, because I share all my good recipes with my favorite peoples!
So here we go, wash those hands and lets get choppin it is time to make...
Tomato Avocado Salad

What You Need:
-1/2 an avocado
-1 large tomato
-1 cup cubed fresh mozzarella
-1/4 slice of onion
-garlic powder
-pepper
-basil
-balsamic vinegar 
-Basil spring for garnish 

What You Do:
Slice up your cheese and tomato into bite size pieces and place on a plate.
Next Slice your avocado 1/2 into semi thin slices as pictured above.
Chop your onion and sprinkle that on top of your tomatoes and mozzarella.
Drizzle your balsamic vinegar across the entire top of your chopped veggies.
Next give a few dashes of garlic, pepper, and basil (to taste)
Drizzle a touch more of the balsamic vinegar over the top so that seasonings are well absorbed.
Lastly, trim some fresh basil and garnish your dish with it.

I'm telling you, this is a hit every time!
Weather it is served as a side dish for gatherings or I are splitting a dish with a friend for lunch, this plate will rock anyone's world.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Women Who Rock - Stef With An F - City Of The Weak

It's week two of "Cupcakes & Crossbones' Women Who Rock Month" and we thought who better to represent this week than the true kick ass rock star herself Stef w/ an F.
Dominating the music scene as the strong female lead  singer of the band City of The Weak she is one woman who is undoubtedly bound to be popping up at a venue in a town near you. 
 After starting the band and cycling through different members until finding the perfect fit, City of the Weak has been showing face and having fans rock out at shows like Vans Warped Tour, Rock Fest, South By So What?! and many more.
We sat down with Stef to ask her some questions that we have been dying to get the scoop on, and to also show our viewers what makes her a woman who rocks (if you don't know already!)


Hi Stef, it's so nice to finally get to speak with you, especially since you have been so busy on the Make It Or Break It Tour. How is this tour going so far?  
The Make It or Break It Tour was insane for sure. We started out the tour with 4 festivals in 3 days and "hectic" is an understatement. Thank God we have such an amazing team, we pushed through it and killed it on stage every night. We got to see lots of familiar faces and meet lots of new fans at every date. Our tour mates Young Medicine were so much fun and so kind to us. Van Diesel (our tour van) bit the dust toward the end of the tour, and YM helped us get a rental to pull our trailer and let the rest of the dudes ride with them. 

Did you always want to be a singer and in a band? Who influenced you to move in this direction growing up?
  I've played lots of instruments in bands in the past. I was born to be a frontman. It takes a certain attitude and charisma to play the part well. You have to be able to stand up against the criticism and be willing to take the fall for everything. Growing up, I felt ignored by everyone. I wasn't a cool kid, but I wasn't really picked on. I was just kind of .. there. Music just spoke to me and the second I started seeing music videos on CMT & MTV I just knew that someday that would be me. I knew life had so much more in store for me than just going with the flow. 



How did you get started with City of The Weak?
  When I turned 18 I moved from Montana to Minnesota. I started attending McNally Smith College of Music and jammed with whoever I could find. Eventually members started clicking and in February 2012 we actually had our first lineup that stuck and our first show. It all escalated from there.

What motivates you to move forward in this career that you have which most would consider a dream career?
  When you start, you're just kind of doing it because you like music. Eventually, the going gets REALLY tough, and your fans shine through like crazy. You start to realize how many lives you are changing and how many people you truly have influenced. I read through my fan mail when I'm down and it really motivates me. People think that this is such a dream career, which it is, but it's about 934289304 X harder than what you would imagine. My fans and friends tell me how much I inspire them, but they should know that THEY inspire US even more. 

What are some of the highs and lows that you've come across having a career like this and how do you overcome any lows?
  HIGHS: playing kick-ass shows, meeting friends and fans on the road. 
           LOWS: van breaking down on the road, shows getting cancelled, promoters not doing their job and having fans unaware when we come to their town, working with people who are irresponsible and having to play clean up, being overburdened with work and having things fall through the cracks. When hard times arise, you just have to put on your big girl pants and give/take direction. What is the problem? How do we fix it? What needs to happen next? It's basic problem solving 101 except that it's YOUR career on the line. The way we see it is, as long as we are all okay, we can work through it. We have the best team and fan base. Nothing will stop us. 

What's it like being the only female in a group with 4 guys? What's the best and what's the worst part of being surrounded by dudes?
  I honestly don't really think about it. I miss girl talk with my friends and just having another girlfriend there with me sometimes. But I don't really care about the gender of the people around me, as long as they are drama-free and adventurous I'm having a good time!

Where has your favorite show been to date? Why? 
 I had a lot of fun in Menomonie, WI at UW-Stout. The production team advertised really well, so there was a great turnout. Everyone dug it, and they sang along and had a great time.

What's the biggest obstacle or hurdle that you have faced so far in your career and on the road?
  We face obstacles every day so it's hard to pick one! I'd say…. Something that was prevalent last tour was shitty, lazy promoters. They take on our show and then don't put up the fliers we send them, won't put us on the website, won't get local bands on the show, like they literally do nothing. We had one cancel on us the day before. We as a band work our fucking asses off to get the word out about EVERY show. If you're not doing your job & do the same, fuck you. We don't care about the stupid guarantee we get at the end of the night, we care that everyone in the town knows that we are there. We want our fans to know when we roll through town. We want new potential fans to stop by and we want to share the stage with awesome local bands. If you are a promoter who has messed that up for us, YOU are the reason bands struggle. It pisses me off SO much because there are AWESOME promoters out there who have helped us build ourselves to where we are now. I love having great relationships with promoters in different cities. It benefits both parties and it makes everything worthwhile. It builds up the promoter, the venue, the bands, and the local scene when everyone takes part. Every successful show on the tour had one key thing: an awesome promoter. It shows when you do your job, and bands like us appreciate it! So to end on a positive note: we LOVE the hardworking promoters we have had the honor of working with. You have benefited us more than you can imagine. THANK YOU. 

Who would you love to perform with in the future and who has been your favorite group/singer that you have performed with so far?
  There are so many bands we want to share the stage with! We've had the opportunity to play with lots of our favorite bands thanks to Warped Tour, The All-Stars Tour, South By So What?!, Rock Fest, etc. I personally would love to play with Queen because duh. We've had people compare us to Queen which blows my mind. They are killer and I can only hope we ever get a shot to play a festival or show with them! 

What should we expect from you and the band in the near future?
  More shows, more music videos, more kick-ass music! 


Any last words for our viewers?  
Thanks for checking us out, we want to meet you! Follow us on our website: http://cityoftheweak.wordpress.com for updates! Much love!


Thanks again Stef with an F for being an awesome Woman Who Rocks and for letting us get the latest scoop!
Follow City of The Week here and be sure to catch them next time they are in a town near you!:
Facebook
Twitter
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wine Ice Cream Recipe

Those hot summer days are approaching and it is about time to start gathering up some tasty treat recipes to help you and guests cool off during gatherings, celebrations, or even just hanging out at home and relaxing.
What better type of treat to enjoy on a hot summer day then wine ice cream.
Yep, you heard me right, WINE ICE CREAM. 
I have the recipe for you today and I know it will be a total hit next time you have one of your girlfriends over. 
So go grab that bottle of wine, we have some cookin' to do!


What You Need:
One bottle of Zinfandel (750 ml.)
1 Tbs. of Juniper Berries 
4 or 5 Star Anise 
1 1/2 cups of milk (whole)
1 cup of white sugar

What You Do:
Mix your wine, berries, and star anise in a sauce pan and bring to a slow boil
After the mixture comes to a boil reduce heat and simmer until there is aprox 1 cup of liquid left in your pan.
Pour the mixture into a glass bowl, cover, and refrigerated over night so the spices and wine combine well.
The same day you create the wine/spice mix, warm the milk and sugar in a separate pan and stir well until sugar is dissolved.
Take the pan off the heat after the sugar dissolved and place it in a glass bowl and cover it. Next, refrigerate until the next morning until super duper cold! 
When your wine mixture and milk mixture is super cold first strain your wine and combine the strained wine with the sugar milk. 
Place the mixture in an Ice Cream Machine (click the link for a great deal!)
and follow manufacturers instructions. 
After done in the machine, sit back, relax, and enjoy your wine ice cream.
Also enjoy the look on your guests face when you whip out your wine ice cream to serve, you domestic diva you!! 
Makes about 1 pint.
Enjoy!



Monday, May 18, 2015

Rockin and Remodeling

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
We were busy as ever over here at Cupcakes & Crossbones, which is great for keeping us out of trouble.
I have been working lately on a kitchen remodeling project that is definitely putting my construction and remodeling skills to the test. 
If you follow us on Instagram you will see what I am talking about.
What was supposed to be just ripping up old linoleum floor turned out to be ripping up 4-5 layers of old tile and linoleum as well as 2 plywood sub floors and fixing a rotting hole in the floor that lead right down to the basement.


Needless to say, the floor project lasted a little longer than expected but I finally repaired the hole, added a fresh and clean sub floor, and put down the new floor!
I can't wait to show you the projects that were done on this kitchen and the before and after shots.

We are also getting super pumped for this weeks "Women Who Rock" interview with Stef with an F from City Of The Weak.
You are not going to want to miss this and if you have yet to hear the kick ass tunes that this band pumps out, head over to their page and get to listening. You won't regret it!

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How was your weekend? 
Have you heard of City Of The Weak yet?!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Women Who Rock - Bobbie Jean Brown Video Interview

Awwww sh!t!
Today is the day that we have all been waiting for. We are kicking off Women Who Rock.
Who better to kick it off than the woman who has been rockin' our world for years.
Whether you know her as the "Cherry Pie Girl"
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One of the stars of Ex-Wives Of Rock
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Or the author of Dirty Rocker Boys 
(which if you haven't picked up yet, you need to! One of our best reads to date!)
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her name is popping up everywhere, and it's no surprise as she is totally rockin' at everything that she is involved in.
We caught up with her recently at the M3 Rock festival in Maryland where we got down and dirty with the Dirty Rocker Boys author herself and touched on everything from career moves to panties. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this interview with one of the most rockin' and awesome woman we have met in a long time.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, miss Bobbie Brown!

We know you think she is as awesome as we do so head over to 3 blonde bombs and register to get exclusive behind the scenes scoop and get any and all questions answered by Bobbie herself. 
Also, don't forget to check out Bobbie's store where you can pick up some hot gear and stylish clothes that will rock your world!

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