Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Club: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--

This month our book club read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and it was FANTASTIC!  Loved this book and everything about it!  Check out our review of the book, as next months book.


I look forward to reading, The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein this month! If you have read it, or plan to read it, lets chat about it at Schuler Books this April!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cheerleader for a day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- It is national cheerleader week.  I had no idea to be honest, but we get notified at work of many "national" day's that I didn't know where actual things so I shouldn't be surprised.

One of my morning show members, Deanna and I wanted to put something together for the show on cheerleading but had no idea where to go.  First we thought of going to a high school and talking to some kids who cheerlead, but that was a bust because of some ACT testing a few of the schools were having this week.

Then we settled on college and after some digging we found out Grand Rapids is home to 2 time national cheerleading champions, Davenport University.  Davenport is typically an NAIA school when it comes to sports but their competitive cheerleading team is so good they compete D3 NCAA.



The team leaves for Nationals in Florida in about a month so they are working hard to try to bring home a 3rd win.  Well Deanna and I had them teach us some cheerleading moves.  I have never cheerleaded before.  I did dance team like I talked about the other day but dancing and stunting are two different things.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5 Random facts about me

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Let's get random today!  I figured why not talk about some things that I never talk about.  It's kind of like a get to know me better, so let's get weird!

  1. I am not very coordinated, and while I will always have dreams of being on stage and in the spotlight, the likelihood of me landing a role that is spotlight worthy isn't very high.  This fact never stopped me from at least trying though.  After I finished my 4 years (plus a red shirt year) with the NCAA as a cross country and track runner, I decided why not go out for the dance team.  I have next to no flexibility and I really don't have that much experience but I somehow managed to make the team and spent my last year of college (if you are doing the math you are correct I was in school a long time) as a sideline dancer at Ferris State.


2.  I'm pretty congenial... At least that's what I'm told.  In 2011 I won Miss Congeniality at the Miss Michigan USA pageant.  There were over 80 girls competing and I was announced the award winner by Rima Fakih Miss USA 2010.


 3.  I was the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Sweetheart, or Recent Girl they call it.  A few of the boys in the fraternity also ran track so I quickly became friends with many of them.  The fraternity's "sweetheart" girl is a time honored tradition that they had got away from for years, but it was dating back to the 50's.  They picked me as their first Crescent Girl.  I was told later that when they had their chapter meeting to talk about it one of the pledges said, "Jackie Green is basically in the fraternity, why don't we just pick her..."

Waving in the homecoming parade on the Lambda Chi truck









4.  When I decided I wanted to go into broadcasting I originally wanted to do morning show radio, I was really into stand up comedians and wanted to be able to make people laugh... I am not NEAR funny enough to pull that off but my husband and I (then boyfriend) had our own podcast that WE thought was funny... It wasn't.  It did do well for a small stint though on iTunes! You can still find it HERE.

5.  Last but not least on random facts.... and THIS is random.  I love Barry Manilow... I know it's kind of weird but I know every song- my favorite Christmas gift my sister ever got me was the "Ultimate Manilow" CD she ordered off a 1-800 number she saw on television.  I can't decide if this is a random fact or a confession?  Either way... I LOVE me some Manilow... 

Well there you have it, 5 of the most random things about me...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Party at Pal's Diner

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- If you learn anything about me from my blog it's that I love a good theme party.  If there is a chance of dressing up in some kind of costume than I am 100% in.

Over the weekend Jimmy and I hosted a fundraising party at Pal's Diner; a 50's themed diner on 28th street in Grand Rapids.  We were raising some money for our baby endeavors.  Those donor eggs don't come cheap I tell ya!

We had a tremendous turn out and earned well over 1000 dollars!  My sister came a little early and took some photos of Jimmy and I decked out in our 50's gear- because like I said, it's not a party if there's no costume.





The fine people at Pal's were AMAZING to us and I am so thankful that they allowed us to use their restaurant to host our party.  Not to mention it was worth straying from my pageant diet for a burger and fries there... they are delicious!

Back story on Pal's- I did a story on them not long ago on FOX17.  They are in the midst of creating a reality show, and if it goes as planned it's going to definitely be a hit.