Not one shopper in all of Iowa saw this coming. One of my all time favorite crushes is Mark Wahlberg. Ever since his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch days (or should it be 'daze?') and Calvin Klein underwear modeling career, how on earth can I not be a fan?


Mark Wahlberg has done so much more since those 90s days. On top of becoming a notable A-lister, he's maintained his love for fitness and working out to keep his body in top shape condition for the various roles on the big screen.

It's no secret I am a primary Hy-Vee Health Market shopper. I recently noticed the addition of a whey protein powder display with an ongoing infomercial playing, starring Mark Wahlberg. Of course, I stopped and stared at the workout scene, marveling at his ab muscles once again, as I did before as a young teen. I'd like to have been a helpful smile in his aisle yesterday.

According to,

"Wahlberg, a popular actor, producer and health and fitness devotee, gave Thursday's event a boost of star power with an unannounced appearance. He was there to promote his Performance Inspired Nutrition brand of fitness supplements. Hy-Vee is the exclusive Midwestern region retailer for the product, which goes on sale March 1 in all stores."

Mark Wahlberg even posted about it on Twitter today, as he posed with Des Moines Police Officers.

This isn't his first visit to our state. Wahlberg stopped by this past January, as his movie about Boston Marathon bombings, 'Patriot's Day' was premiering and to pay honor to Des Moines families of fallen police officers.

Iowa  must be a popular state for the Wahlberg family. His brother Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block, Blue Bloods, etc..) was here in April 2016 for Gilda's Club and helped my dear friend Denise Hyntka from WQAD announce her pregnancy.

Donnie announces Denise's pregnancy. Photo credit: Denise Hyntka

Forget celebrity sightings, did you know these celebs lived in the QCA?