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I've been on the air in the Treasure Valley since 2009, and I love hanging out with ya! We're always chatting about fitness and exercise, relationships, and workplace experiences, pop culture news, kids, and other things that present huge challenges. Like online dating! Maybe Tinder will land me a fella here pretty soon. If you're a single mom trying to date hot guys, and also find time to eat, sleep, work, and exercise, I am right there with ya. We should form a support group. I was born and raised in the rural town of Elwood, Nebraska with one stop light, a court house, three churches, and a bar. I'm a Cornhusker, and graduated with a Broadcasting degree from the University of Nebraska, and then worked all over the country in radio, including Lincoln, NE, Austin, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Tyler, TX, Olean and Elmira, NY, and several places in between. Oh, and I've done radio news in Hawaii. When I'm not working, I'm usually running. I try to run between 6 and 9 miles a day because I love that runners high! I try to eat clean too. I love shopping, going out for salmon and wine, seeing live music and comedy, and listening to all kinds of music. I've got three daughters, and that means in the late afternoon I'm an Uber mom, taking them to gymnastics, karate, softball, or whatever is in season. Life is full, and fun! You are an important part of it. So thanks for listening, and be sure to drop me an email anytime you feel like it. Make it a great day!
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Here’s an Easy Way to Help Boise’s Homeless

There's a group that provides about three hundred sandwiches for Boise's homeless population every weekend, and they need our help with the bread, meat, and PB&J.  It's an easy way to make a big difference in someone's life.  

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Does Boise Still Smoke?

The price of cigarettes has increased. Smoking has been banned from quite a few bars and restaurants. There's a lawsuit that's trying to get smoking removed completely from movies that target kids.  Is smoking so marginalized that we've almost seen the end of it in Boise?

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Boise Movie Prices Hit a Record High

The cost of a movie ticket varies of course, depending on the time of day that you go and whether it's showing on a premium screen like an IMAX. But overall, the price to see a flick is going up at Edwards Boise 22 and Village Cinema in Meridian.

Here's how much cash you should have in your wallet for that movie date this weekend.  

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There Are Three Things We Shouldn’t Buy Generic

If you're like me, weekends include a trip to Albertson's to stock up.

Good news...If you came home with an SUV full of a mix of name-brand things and generics, you probably did it right.

There are some things we should buy generic and some things we shouldn't, and there's a key to telling the difference.

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Boise Kids Get to Meet an Olympic Athlete

Kristin Armstrong was back in town Saturday night for the 30th annual Twilight Criterium, and the kids that turned out to meet her will also be seeing her on TV next month competing in the Olympic games.

Football, baseball, basketball, and soccer seem to be the biggest, most popular sports i the US, but the Olympics inspire kids to stick with whatever sport they love and feel drawn to.  And Kristin plays a big role in that in Idaho.

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Idaho Colleges Aren’t The Best Schools for the Money

This week I heard a co-worker utter the phrase "back to school," and I had to look at my smart phone to check the date.  Really?! We're on the downhill side of the summer already.

If you're a college student, you may be working all summer to build up some funds for tuition this fall cuz it's dang expensive.  We know we're paying a lot, but are Idaho schools worth the money?  

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Boise State Uses Twitter to Inspire Players

It's almost practice time for college football teams, and the first game is only about six weeks away.  Finally! We've all been having football withdrawals.

We rarely see the day-to-day, behind the scenes work that the players put in, but we've got a glimpse here of the things the Broncos' use for daily social media inspiration.  

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