Let it Go

Congratulations to songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for winning an Oscar for their original song with “Let it Go” during the 2014 Academy Awards. I recently Skyped with my 3 1/2 year old niece who fervently sings every word to this song (see our video below!).  What empowering lyrics for girls!!  The chorus alone repeating… Continue reading Let it Go

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

The name itself evokes a dreamy, blissful state.  While shopping for fashionable clothing and eye-catching jewelry may not make all our dreams come true, it can help!!   Finding that perfect dress or blouse or accessory actually can be a step to reaching goals, to building a confidence-enhancing wardrobe, and to creating special occasions! “Create… Continue reading Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Power Up with Power Foods

Some unique recipes!! power foods – 150 delicious recipes with the 38 healthiest ingredients I purchased this book at the beginning of the summer and experimented in the kitchen throughout the season.  Whether you’re a fresh market foodie, a dining diva, or someone who walks the other way when the phrase “eat clean” is mentioned… Continue reading Power Up with Power Foods

Part Time Cowboy, Full Time Rockstar Rides to L.A.

See a sampling of Grading Girl’s official press releases for this musician: Darryl Markette Makes his Debut in Los Angeles Darryl Markette, Chicago Singer Songwriter, to Debut in L.A. at Whisky A Go-Go Chicago Artist, Darryl Markette, Makes L.A. Debut at Whisky A Go-Go Darryl Markette Will Be Debuting at Whisky A Go-Go on March… Continue reading Part Time Cowboy, Full Time Rockstar Rides to L.A.

Best Yoga Pants EVER!

I’ve been working out at the gym since college and have yet to come across a better piece of exercise apparel.    These yoga pants are universally body-friendly for women of varied shapes and sizes. Over the past few years, I’ve donned a couple pairs from other brands but I always come back to my go-to… Continue reading Best Yoga Pants EVER!

Finally . . . Seasons 52!

Yes, finally . . . there is a new restaurant in the Midwest that boasts healthful eating on its entire menu!  Seasons 52 maintains that every item they serve is 475 calories or less.  Consequently, you will not eye many people leaving the eatery with environmentally-unfriendly doggy bags nor will you exclaim how large that… Continue reading Finally . . . Seasons 52!

GG Summer Reads

What I’m Reading This Summer At the beginning of every school year, I sit down with my reading students, forming a circle – either with our desks or on the floor – and I share every single book I read over the summer.  I lug every single book in and give a little book talk… Continue reading GG Summer Reads

Delivering Happiness Delivers!

I was honored and excited when the good folks at Zappos sent me free advanced copies of CEO Tony Hsieh’s new book Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose to review.  I have been a completely satisfied customer of Zappos (major online shoe and clothing commerce company) for quite a few years.  I… Continue reading Delivering Happiness Delivers!

GG at The Movies – Robin Hood

Where are the Tights?! After an evening of working out followed by a refueling at Big Bowl, I ended a fine Friday evening with a viewing of the latest Robin Hood movie starring Russel Crowe.  This movie was directed by Ridley Scott, the same director of Gladiator – Crowe’s first big movie blockbuster.  Naturally, I… Continue reading GG at The Movies – Robin Hood

Bon Chic Bon Genre

My Favorite Designer!! No, GG has not gone French!  While I’ve studied 7 1/2 years of French, my site would not be complete without me raving about my very favorite fashion line.  I can’t say enough about this line!!  BCBG’s Max Azria has been my favorite designer for six years . . . and counting.  It all started with… Continue reading Bon Chic Bon Genre